Friday, April 12, 2013

AirTalk for Monday, April 15, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Monday, April 15, 2013

11:06 –11:20



11:20 -11:40

Topic: Wrongful accuser of Brian Banks facing $1-million-plus lawsuit: The young woman who falsely accused Long Beach football player Brian Banks of sexual assault is now facing legal action herself. Wanetta Gibson was a Long Beach Poly High student in 2002 when she claimed the school's security lapses contributed to the alleged rape. The school paid her an undisclosed settlement. Since then a private investigator secretly recorded Gibson admitting no assault occurred. Banks was exonerated last year. Now Long Beach wants its money back, reportedly near a million dollars, plus attorney's fees and punitive damages. The trouble is Gibson is nowhere to be found and according to records seems to be broke. Could criminal charges come next? Is there any way to prevent wrongful accusers from making off with so much cash?


Guest:  John Nockleby, Director of the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School


11:40 -12:00

Topic: Now presenting: Chapman Filmed Entertainment: An independent film company started by Chapman University's film department is wrapping up production on their first feature, Trigger. The fully-functioning production company, Chapman Filmed Entertainment, was designed to produce four to six micro-budget films each year produced, directed and written by Chapman alumni. It's not the first time a university has tried to start their own production company. The University of Texas tried it a decade ago and it folded after just four films. But President and CEO Robert Bassett thinks the production-company model will boost Chapman University up to the levels of top film schools like AFI, USC, NYU and UCLA.

Guest: Robert Bassett, Dean of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts



12:06 – 12:30

Topic: GOP fractures? (temp head)



12:30 – 1:00

Topic: ‘Clean’ fights ‘America’s greatest tragedy’ – Addiction: After his desperate grappling with his son’s drug abuse, author and journalist David Sheff could not let go of the topic of addiction. His new book, “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy,” is the product of five years of research and scientifically examines the causes of addictions and how to properly treat it, because the current methods are not working. Sheff is known for his 2008 bestseller, “Beautiful Boy,” a memoir about his drug-addicted son, Nic. Nic also released a book that year called, “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” which chronicled his side of the story. Sheff said that reading each other’s accounts brought them closer and caused them to understand what the other was going through. “Clean” is David Sheff’s reaction to his first book as his son relapsed in 2008 and is now five years sober. Sheff’s book aims at proving that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated in a scientific way. He calls addiction “America’s greatest tragedy” because one in 12 people are addicts and 80 percent of them are not helped by programs like AA. Sheff cites stress and mental disorders as causes for addiction and believes in addressing those issues first to treat addiction as a symptom. Sheff joins Larry to talk about the relationship between stress and addiction, a young boy’s story on becoming getting sober and how health insurance is not saving lives, and David Sheff shares own “twelve steps” to deal with addiction. Have you or someone you know battled addiction? What techniques helped and what didn’t? Are current treatments for addiction archaic and ineffective? Is addiction a symptom of something else?

Guest: David Sheff, author of “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” and “Beautiful Boy”

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Warm regards,

Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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