Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AirTalk for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Wednesday, April 24, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBA


11:20 -11:40

Topic: How do mosques deal with radicalized members?

Guest:  Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy and Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council

Guest: Sheikh Yassir Fazaga (YA-SIR FA-ZA-GA), the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation  in Mission Viejo. And Director of Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim.



Topic: Florida law seeks to limit spousal support: Lawmakers in Florida have passed a law to cap amounts and duration of alimony payments. Governor Rick Scott could still choose to veto the controversial bill. Proponents frame it as a retirement issue. They say too many breadwinners find themselves on fixed income while paying former spouses who receive social security. Opponents say the bill would make stay-at-home parenting impossible. As the Associated Press details, "[The legislation] would make it harder to get alimony in short-term marriages and would generally prevent alimony payments from lasting longer than one-half of the length of the marriage.The bill defines a short-term marriage as less than 11 years, in which there's an assumption that alimony would not be awarded. If alimony is granted, it would not be more than 25 percent of the ex-spouse's gross income. For failed marriages between 11 and 20 years, there's no assumption either way, but alimony would not amount to more than 35 percent of the ex-spouse's gross income. And in long-term marriages, those longer 20 years, there would be an assumption in favor of alimony, though not more than 38 percent of an ex-spouse's gross income." In California, most of this is up to the judge's discretion. Is Florida heading in the right or wrong direction on this issue? With more Americans facing retirement, should there be a new policy discussion of long-term spousal support? What could be the unintended consequences of such a bill?

Guest: Erika R. Scheideman, Esq., Law Offices of Makupson & Howard based in Pasadena

Guest: Paul Nathan, Law offices of Paul Nathan based in San Francisco

Guest: TBA


12:06 – 12:20

Topic: In proposed immigration reform, paths to permanent citizenship may hinge on the art of “sign-cutting”:

Guest: Ted Alden, senior fellow at the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., where he focuses on immigration policy

Guest: Border patrol agent TBA


12:20 – 12:40

Topic: Recognizing the Armenian genocide: Today, Wednesday April 24th, marks the annual remembrance day for the estimated 1.5 million Armenians who died in the former Ottoman Empire, present day Turkey. President Obama's official statement for Armenian Remembrance Day did not include the word "genocide" despite a 2008 campaign promise to recognize the deaths of Armenians as such. "America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides," Obama said in 2008. "I intend to be that president." Several California legislators including Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Adam Schiff called on Obama to use the word "genocide" but so far the White House has resisted. Why is using the term genocide still a politically touchy subject? Is the US concerned about preserving its strategic relationship with Turkey? What would be the political fallout if the President did use the term genocide? How is this omission seen by the local Armenian and Turkish communities?

Guest:  Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: How successful people become successful: In his book “Give and Take,” Adam Grant explores the different ways people rise through the ranks on their way to extreme success. Can you be a giver without being a doormat? Is it better to take anything you can without returning favors, or to “match” those who give you help? Grant discusses how some of the most famous networkers and creative geniuses personalities helped them reach the top of their fields. Are you a giver? A taker? A matcher? What’s the best way to rise to the top?

Guest: Adam Grant, author of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success” and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business


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