Friday, June 14, 2013

AirTalk for Monday, June 17, 2013

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



Monday, June 17, 2013


9:00 Taping: Bernadette Peters


11:06 – 11:30

 (Watching SCOTUS)


11:30 - 12:00

Topic: Covered California’s Peter Lee answers your questions about the Affordable Care Act and California: Key parts of the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare — take effect in 2014, but by October this year, Californians will be able to shop for health insurance and compare plans through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, joins Larry for a discussion about how his team plans to implement the healthcare exchange in our state. What would you like to know? Do you have any questions about how the exchange works? What about the possible impact it will have on California's finances? Will your healthcare costs go up?  We hope to get to as many as possible when Mr. Lee is on the show.

Guest:  Peter Lee, director of Covered California



12:06 – 12:30

Topic: Court ruling on tip pooling affects restaurant workers and customers: It's a long-running fight that pits wait staff against other restaurant workers and proprietors. This month, a federal appeals court ruled that the Labor Department went beyond its authority when it issued regulations prohibiting the use of tips by an employer even when the employer does not take a tip credit. If the Labor Department does not appeal, it means tip pooling can be used by restaurants to redistribute some of its servers' tips. Front-of-house staff will have to share gratuities with back-of-house staff and bartenders. Some servers argue table service will decline if there is less incentive. Restaurateurs say overall dining experience is improved when everyone shares in gratuities. There are many more implications of tip pooling including paid sick days, minimum wage and even racial disparities at restaurants. If you work in the service industry, how has this affected you? What are the ulterior consequences of tip pooling in this important industry?

Guest: Paul DeCamp, Lead counsel on this case for businesses in support of tip pooling; Previously, DeCamp ran the Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor; Partner with Jackson Lewis law firm based in Washington, D.C.


2nd Guest: TBA


12:30 – 12:40



12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Does prison overcrowding lead to prisoner radicalization? How have terrorist attacks been carried out by men behind bars? In “The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat,” criminology professor and former prisoner warden Mark S. Hamm examines why prisoners can be radicalized. Hamm’s book includes the story of Kevin James who was indicted for plotting to attack American military facilities. James began as a gang member on the street in South Central Los Angeles. While in prison, he joined the Nation of Islam, but he eventually founded an extremist group known as the Assembly of Authentic Islam (JIS). While in prison, he recruited several other inmates and planned an attack on a U.S. Army recruiting office four years after the September 11 attacks. Although cases like Kevin James are rare, why are prisoners susceptible to being part of extremist groups? What is the current state of prison gangs? Does prison overcrowding mean less supervision and more potential for radicalization? What can be done to stop the “evolving terrorist threat”?

Guest: Mark Hamm, author of “The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat”; professor of Criminology at Indiana State University and senior research fellow at the Terrorism Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The City University of New York; Hamm is also a former prison warden from Arizona

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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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