Tuesday, May 7, 2013

AirTalk for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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



Wednesday, May 8, 2013


11:06 –11:20



11:20 -11:40

Topic: How can the U.S. military fight sexual assaults within the ranks? [blurb coming]

Guest: TBA



Topic: Why is Chris Christie getting flak for weight-loss surgery?  For years, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been mocked and criticized for weighing upwards of 300 pounds. The health and fitness of political leaders - especially those with rumored presidential aspirations - isn't necessarily superficial. When Christie faced a punishing schedule during Hurricane Sandy, former White House doctor, Dr. Connie Mariano, told CNN, “I’m worried he may have a heart attack [or a stroke.]" Many in the Garden State are perturbed at the suggestion. They have witnessed Governor Christie's boundless energy and stamina for decades. Christie told the New York Post he underwent the lap-band surgery at the urging of family and friends, not for political optics. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them," he says. Does this increase the odds Christie is seeking a presidential run? Does this increase his chances of a successful bid? Did Christie take the easy way out by having surgery instead of losing weight by dieting or working out? Is this a case of "Damned if you do and damned if you don't?"

Guest:  TBA


12:06 – 12:20

Topic: (TBA) LA County Newser

Guest: Deepa Fernandes, Reporter, KPCC



12:20 – 12:40

Topic: Could the Washington Redskins become the Washington ‘Redtails’?: Washington D.C. councilman David Grosso has put forth a new resolution asking the city’s pro football team to change its name. Though there’s some debate as to the origin of the term ‘Redskins’, the phrase has often been described as offensive to Native Americans. Team owners have refused to address the issue, however, and a recent poll by the AP shows that 79% of Americans nationwide support the name and don’t think the team should be forced to change it. American Indian advocate Susan Shown Harjo has stated that “it’s not up to the offending class to say what offends the offended.” Is she right? Or does a widespread community of football supporters have more stake in a name that represents their team and their traditions?

Guest: Ray Smith, Founder and Editor of SonOfWashington.com, a Washington Redskins blog.


Guest: Kevin Blackistone, Sports Journalism Professor at Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.



12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Is there a "re-Latin-ization" of "lohz AHN-hell-uhz" place names? Newbies and tourists in Los Angeles easily betray themselves when they spit out the Spanish pronunciation of what we know as San Pedro (san PEE-droh) or Los Feliz (los FEE-lus). Resident Angelenos anglicized those locales so long ago that  native Spanish speakers get corrected for saying "sahn PAY-dro" or "lohz fay-LEES." But that could be changing. As Marisa (mah-REE-sah) Gerber of the LA Times writes, "A younger generation -- perhaps more sensitive to the region's history -- favors truer Spanish pronunciation. L.A.'s growing Latino population helps propel the new pronunciations, too." Have you noticed a trend? What's your prefered style? How do you pronounce Hermosa Beach? What about Cesar E. Chavez Avenue or the Chavez Ravine?

Guest: Marisa Gerber, (mah-REE-sah) Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times




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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

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