Friday, May 17, 2013

AirTalk for Monday, May 20, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Monday, May 20, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: Politics update post Sunday talk shows: (TEMP HEAD)

Guest: Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speechwriter for Governor Pete Wilson

Guest: Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; former senior Obama advisor in 2008, who now runs the Los Angeles office for the Dewey Square Group


11:20 -11:40

Topic: Abercrombie – marketing angles, etc (TEMP HEAD)

Since his 2006 interview with Salon resurfaced last week and went viral, Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Michael S. Jeffries has faced a slew of backlash and protests towards his blunt comments regarding the company’s marketing strategy. In the interview, Jeffries says, “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” The CEO has faced controversy and lawsuits in the past for discriminating against employees and employee candidates based on their physical appearance or their age, and for refusing to produce plus-sized clothing. Amid the recent backlash, Jeffries released a statement Thursday (5/16) claiming that the quotes were mostly taken out of context and gave no indication that the company would change course. Should they? Where do you draw the line between focusing on a particular demographic and being an exclusionary company? To what extent should a company be responsible for being inclusive? Have Jeffries’ candid remarks actually helped his company? Would you shop at Abercrombie? Would you let your kids shop there?

Guest:  Gabriella Santaniello, Senior Vice President of Retail Market Research at Wedbush Securites



Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBA


12:06 – 12:25

Topic: Alhambra Police Department implements “predictive policing”:  

It's straight out of the mind of sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick, but “predictive policing” is not just a nifty plot device. Since late 2011, the Los Angeles Police Department has been using the tool in a number of geographic areas. The software, also called PredPol, is developed by a team of academics and uses police data to predict and map where crime will likely happen. The algorithm’s latest convert is the city of Alhambra, which has become the first place in Southern California to implement its use on a city-wide scale. Research has shown that police officers perform significantly better with the the help of PredPol, but critics worry that its use might lead to racial profiling and violations of the 4th Amendment.

Guest:  Mark Yokoyama, Alhambra Police Chief

Guest: Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia . He recently published a paper on prediction policing and possible 4th amendment issues in Emory Law Journal.


12:25 – 12:45

Topic: District 6 School Board Debate: [Temp head]

Guest: Monica Ratliff, candidate for school board

Guest: Antonio Sanchez, candidate for school board


12:45 – 1:00

Topic: Rock the Vote puts its imprint on the the Los Angeles city election

Guest:  Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote



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