Wednesday, July 3, 2013

AirTalk for Friday, July 5, 2013

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




Friday, July 5, 2013


11:06 –11:20



11:20 -11:40

Topic: Diversity at the University of California in decline?

Guest: William Kidder, Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside


Guest: Heather Mac Donald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; wrote about diversity programs at the UCs  in an article entitled “Multiculti U” – it will be published in a new City Journal book titled “The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It” (publication date July 8, 2013)




Topic: A blender, a PlayStation, or cash: What are you getting your friends as a wedding gift? As wedding season kicks into high gear there is the topic that everyone loves to hate – the wedding gift. With so many couples sharing a home for years before walking down the aisle it may not make sense any more to buy your friends a blender. Some couples are looking for new, and controversial, ways of requesting gifts such as registering for honeymoon activities, a Playstation, or even asking for cash. Are the wedding gift rules changing? As a guest, do you find these new gift options creative or crass? What's your least favorite new wedding trend?

Guest: Jamie Miles, online producer for The Knot.



12:06 – 12:40


Topic: Filmweek: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2, The Way, Way Back and more: Larry and KPCC critics Claudia Puig, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2, The Way, Way Back and more. Also, the Academy added 276 more people to its roster, hoping to add diversity by bringing in more women and minorities. Will these additions affect the Oscars? TGI-Filmweek!

Guest: Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Guest:  Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Guest: Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC, author and historian for



12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?: Do you remember the first time you saw a light saber? Or what about being eye-to-eye with a T-Rex? Did you cry when Andy said good-bye and drove away from Woody and Buzz? Did you reach out to touch the fauna on Pandora? It’s amazing how far animation and computer graphics have come — how they have enabled us to see the imaginative conjurings of creative minds, dreamers and historians and have taken us to realms not thought possible. In “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation,” animator Tom Sito details the history of animation. Sito said the technology actually began through military funding in the 1960s because the military was studying flight simulations. From medical imagery to film and from PONG to Avatar, Sito’s book covers how animation and computer graphics has developed over the past 50 years. As technology continues to develop, what’s the future of animation? Will current CG movies seem really fake? Which CG movies made an impression on you? Which movie has the best graphics? Which one has the worst?

Guest: Tom Sito, author of “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation”; Cinema Practice professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts; he has been a professional animator since 1975, working on Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King”, and helped set up the Dreamworks Animation Unit.

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Warm regards,

Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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