Monday, April 8, 2013

AirTalk for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Anny Celsi & Fiona Ng



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TAPING at 8 a.m. with Rob Schmitz


11:06 –11:30




Topic: Topless protests split feminists: The feminist protest group FEMEN, founded in Kiev in 2008, has been in the news lately with a series of topless protests. The latest was held this week in Hanover, Germany, when Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting publicly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Protesting the jailing of members of the Russian group Pussy Riot, a FEMEN protestor approached Putin, breasts bared, with anti-Putin slogans painted on her body in Cyrillic script. FEMEN was and has become known for staging topless protests highlighting women’s issues, including sex tourism, violence against women, religious oppression. According to their website, FEMEN uses “sextremism” to protect women’s rights and attack patriarchy “in all its forms: the dictatorship, the church, the sex industry.”  FEMEN protests have targeted the International Olympic Committee and the World Economic Forum, and recently staged “International Topless Jihad Day” in support of Tunisian student Amina Tyler. Tyler, who came under attack by Islamist groups for posting topless pictures of herself on Facebook, is currently in hiding after reportedly receiving death threats.  FEMEN members have declared that using their bodies is the best way to gain attention for their political message.  But how do other women’s groups feel about their bold tactics?  Are they undermining the cause of feminism by taking such a blatantly sexual stance?  Putin was visibly amused by the sight of a woman baring her breasts; did he totally miss the message?  Does getting naked trivialize serious political issues?  Is FEMEN helping or hurting women’s causes?

Guest: Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy and Programs, Muslim Public Affairs Council


2nd Guest: TBA



Topic: Governor Brown shopping for trade in China:

Guest: Rob Schmitz, China Correspondent, Marketplace, American Public Media


12:06 – 12:30

Topic: Will L.A. lay down the law on street vending?

Guest: Elfren Martinez, executive director, Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce



TRUST South L.A.


12:30 – 12:40

Topic:  Study shows widening income gap between professors at public and private universities:

The annual economics report from American Association of University Professors reveals that the difficult economic climate is taking a particularly nasty toll on professors at public universities. Tenured professors at private universities received an average of $167,118 last year, while their counterparts at public institutions received an average of $123,393. According to the report the gap has grown wider in recent years, and state budgets across the country continue to appropriate fewer and fewer funds to higher public education. Is the gap stretching so wide that it will affect where professors choose to teach in the future? How can public universities continue to compete for top talent?

Guest: Dr. F. King Alexander, President of California State University, Long Beach



12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Technology, immediacy, and coping with ‘presentism’: Have you ever been annoyed by someone who answered a text in the middle of the conversation? In Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,” Rushkoff believes that this is a symptom of a new way of life. Rushkoff challenges Alvin Toffler’s 1970s book “Future Shock,” which theorizes that mankind will be unable to cope with rapid change. Rather, with our microwave and smartphone lifestyles, Rushkoff believes that society has adapted to view time in a different way – by living in the “now.” In “presentism,” the top priority is whatever is happening at that moment. But unfortunately, the consequence is a lack of caring for the future and moving forward towards goals. Is Rushkoff right? Do you feel pressured by the “now”? Do you want immediate results? Are we more impulsive as a society? Have we lost sight of long-term goals?

Guest: Douglas Rushkoff, Author, "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now" (Current; March 15, 2013); the prolific media theorist also wrote, "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age" and "Life inc." Rushkoff has written and hosted PBS Frontline documentaries, including “The Merchants of Cool,” which looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture.


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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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