Thursday, June 13, 2013

AirTalk for Friday, June 14, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Kaitlin Funaro




Friday, June 14, 2013



11:06 – 11:19


Topic: Are we treating our interns right?

Guest: Possible “open phones” segment


11:21 - 11:39

Topic: Politicians’ kids take to Twitter with racist rants: If a teenager uses offensive or racist language online, is it the parents’ fault? That's the question plaguing high profile members of Congress after their children used a string of racist and homophobic language on Twitter. Tanner Flake, the teenage son of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake used some severely homophobic statements and splashed around the N-word on Twitter and YouTube. Nevada Congressman Joe Heck's son was also caught making racist comments on Twitter including some that say President Barack Obama is only good at "spear chucking and rock skipping." Both politicians have apologized for the behavior of their kids. If this type of language wasn't coming from a politicians child, would it be as offensive? Should we hold the children of public figures to a higher standard? How do you think this reflects on the character of the politicians themselves?

Guest: TBD


11:41 - 11:58:30

Topic: Alter's new volume on Obama, "The Center Holds:"Something happened to Jonathan Alter's "The Center Holds" on the way to the bookshelves - the center began to shake. The renowned journalist's latest profile of President Barack Obama chronicles his presidency and campaign over 2011 and 2012. Alter details the sophisticated campaign machine that used corporate-style analytics to increase donations and voter turnout. We learn about the "geek gap" that separated the Obama and Romney campaigns. (The Obama campaign's "cave" housed young data scientists, financial analysts even professional poker players using "propensity models" and apps to re-elect Obama). Alter also lends insight to the president's personality, saying Obama's "detached and self-contained nature had hampered his presidency" and that he "had been humbled by the opposition's intransigence." Alter's latest volume ends on the wave of glory following November 6, 2012. However, in recent weeks, the White House has gone from proving its mettle to facing some of its toughest legacy tests: the leaks revealing secret surveillance by the NSA; the IRS admitting to targeting conservative groups for exceptional scrutiny; the Justice Department hunting a whistleblower by tracking calls of journalists. Alter has long followed Barack Obama - how does Alter think the president will handle this onslaught? How protective of his legacy is Obama? Do these new revelations change Obama's mantle as a centrist?

Guest: Jonathan Alter, Author, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” (Simon & Schuster June 2013), Previous bestseller “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” Analyst and Contributor for NBC News and MSNBC; former senior editor, Newsweek

IN STUDIO                   


12:06 – 12:19

Topic: Filmweek: Man of Steel, This is the End, The Bling Ring and more: KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Peter Rainer join guest host Patt Morrison to review this week’s releases, including Man of Steel, This is the End, The Bling Ring and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Guest: Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety

IN STUDIO                  

Guest: Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor



12:21 - 12:39

Topic: Filmweek CONT’D


12:41 - 12:58:30

Topic: Neville’s new documentary puts back-up singers in the spotlight: Award-winning documentary producer and director Morgan Neville wanted to give the limelight to an often unnoticed voice that has filled millions of American homes - the back-up singer. In his new documentary, “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Neville featured the stories and voices of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Judith Hill. Perhaps you’ve never heard of these names before. But you probably have heard their voices, singing on chart topping songs with Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. “Twenty Feet from Stardom” explores the power of their voices and their stories of lost record deals..

Guest: Morgan Neville, producer and director of “Twenty Feet from Stardom”; founder of documentary company Tremolo Productions; producer, director and writer for Grammy-nominated “Johnny Cash’s America” (2008).

Guest: Judith Hill, singer and featured performer in “Twenty Feet from Stardom”; Hill was going to be part of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It Tour” and was a recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”




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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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