Thursday, May 30, 2013

AirTalk for Friday, May 31, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Jerry Gorin



Friday, May 31, 2013

11:06 –11:20

Topic:  United Nations rep wants to press ‘pause’ on killer robot technology:

Guest: TBA, Human Rights Watch


Guest: Ron Arkin, Regents’ Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, has published extensively on autonomous systems, has conducted research under funding provided by the US Army and Navy; Consultant in the area of intelligent robotic systems


11:20 -11:40

Topic: Strip club receiving Enterprise Zone credits stokes criticism of tax-incentive program:

Guest: Steve Smith, Spokesperson, California Labor Federation


2nd Guest: TBA



Topic: Los Angeles Kings take on Chicago to reach hockey’s Stanley Cup finals:


Guest: Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL writer for Yahoo! Sports



Topic: Santa Monica’s “Inkwell” celebrated as a seminal spot for black surfers: On Saturday, Heal the Bay is hosting an event at Bay Street in  Santa Monica beachto honor the life of Nick Gabaldon (1927-1951), a pioneering African-American surfer, and celebrate multicultural beach

Guest: Alison Jefferson, Title TBA



12:06 – 12:30

Topic: Filmweek: After Earth, Now You See Me, The Kings of Summer and more: Larry and KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Tim Cogshell review this week’s releases, including After Earth, Now You See Me, The Kings of Summer and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Guest:  Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety

IN STUDIO                   

Guest: Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Alt Film Guide



12:30 – 12:48

Topic: Film critic Peter Rainer chronicles thirty years of film: Peter Rainer has been a film critic for thirty years. In his book, “Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era,” Rainer gives an extensive history of films, directors, actors and more. This nearly 550-page book includes some of his reviews, his take on the best and worst films, and how film and the players involved have grown...for better or for worse. Rainer joins AirTalk to discuss why he thinks Fight Club and Zero Dark Thirty are overrated and which films are underseen.

Is he right? What’s on your overrated and underseen lists? Do you follow the work of any particular directors or actors?

Guest:  Peter Rainer, author of “Rainer on Film,” film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor



12:48 – 12:58

Topic: A new era for the Pasadena Pops: When the Pasadena Pops open their season on Saturday, the group will have a new face. That of their new conductor, Emmy-nominated multi-platinum singer and entertainer Michael Feinstein. He joins the Pops after the sudden death of his longtime friends and Pops leader Marvin Hamlisch. Feinstein hopes to bring his passion for forgotten scores and all things Gershwin to his conductorial debut.

Guest: Michael Feinstein, musician and the new conductor of the Pasadena Pops orchestra




Warm regards,

Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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