Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Updated AirTalk for Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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



Tuesday, May 28, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: Rounding up bill activity in California legislature as both houses prepare to vote this week

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee shelved 144 bills on Friday with an eye on the state's fiscal constraints. The bills not making it to the Assembly floor would have cost the state $2.8 billion, and included measures to require adult film stars to wear condoms and a measure to put a 10% tax on bullet sales. Some of the bills moving forward include AB 48, a bill that requires ammunition dealers to report sales of more than 3000 rounds to the Department of Justice, AB 47, which would increase penalties for swatting (prank 911 calls), and AB 999, which would require prisons to provide inmates with access to condoms when they are available. Last weeks the Senate Appropriations Committee also shelved a slew of its own bills that would have cost $3.2 billion, including separate tax measures on cigarettes, sodas, and oil extraction. The Senate will, however, push forward on a number of gun related measures, including SB 47, which would expand current bans on assault weapons to include certain semi-automatic rifles and pistols, and SB 53,

which would increase regulation on all ammunition purchases and ban all internet and mail order sales of ammunition.


Guest:  Julie Small, KPCC State Capitol Reporter

Guest: Dan Walters, Political Columnist, The Sacramento Bee


11:20 -11:40

Topic: Successful crackdown on distracted driving, so what's the next target?: The number of drivers using cell phones on California roads has been dropping, according to new statistics from the California Office of Traffic. In 2012, they estimated 10.8 percent of drivers actively using cell phones at any one time. For 2013, that number went down to 7.4 percent. The news comes after April's big crackdown on distracted driving by CHP and over 250 local law enforcement agencies across the state. More than 57,000 drivers were ticketed for talking or texting. Since the awareness and enforcement seems to be working, what other dangerous driving habits should be policed vigorously? Is it the use of indicators when changing lanes? Cutting across multiple lanes of traffic? Driving a car desperately in need of repair?


Guest: Officer Saul Gomez, CHP Officer in the Southern Division (Glendale offices)



Topic: How old is too old for pregnancy? Reports about mothers giving birth well into menopause and celebrities who are having babies into their 50s have been making headlines for the past few years. Improved fertility treatments and hormones that can stave off menopause are making it possible for women to become pregnant much later in life but it’s also raising the question about what age is too old to have a baby. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently updated their recommendation to physicians, now saying that women ages 50 – 54 shouldn’t be discouraged from pursuing pregnancy using donor eggs. Should physicians encourage postmenopausal women to have children? What are the health risks to pregnancy after 50? What are the ethical concerns of later motherhood? Why do older mothers receive more scrutiny than older fathers?


Guest: Sharon Steinberg, mental health clinical nurse and lecturer at the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. (also former Fellow in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School)

Guest:  Dr. Richard Paulson, the Director of USC Fertility. He is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the the school.


12:06 – 12:20

Topic: Should e-cigarettes be treated like the real thing? On Friday, the California State Senate approved a plan to add e-cigarettes to the state’s smoke-free laws, banning them from the workplace, schools, public buildings, day care centers, and restaurants. Backers of the bill argue that, though they don’t burn and produce smoke like tobacco, e-cigarettes may have a second-hand smoke risk, and they should, therefore, be treated like real cigarettes. Opponents of the bill argue that there is no proof of a health risk to bystanders, and that e-cigarettes have, in fact, helped countless people to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes.You already can’t “light up” an e-cigarette on a trains and submarines (they’re banned by Amtrak and the US Navy), but if the bill becomes a law, they, like tobacco cigarettes, would be banned from most public places. If they don’t actually cause smoke, is it fair to ban e-cigarettes from public places? Or should government be erring on the side of caution until studies can prove that they’re safe? And what about the idea that nicotine is a recreational drug? Should that disqualify it from our workplaces? What about our cars? Should we be treating this technology as helpful or harmful?


Guest: Margo Sidener (SIH-dehn-ehr), Breathe California of the Bay Area, a nonprofit that flights lung diseases

Guest:  Michael Siegel, Professor of Community Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at Boston University. He has studied the health effects of e-cigarettes.


12:20 – 1:00

Topic: Phil Jackson: The “Zen Master” of the NBA reveals his secrets to success:


Guest: Phil Jackson, Head coach of the L.A. Lakers (2000-2010), winning five NBA titles; head coach of the Chicago Bulls (1989-1998), winning six NBA titles; Jackson played on the 1970 & 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks; his new memoir is “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” (Penguin Press; May 2013)



Joel Patterson

Senior Producer, AirTalk

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