Wednesday, July 31, 2013

AirTalk for Thursday, August 1, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Thursday, August 1, 2013



11:06 –11:40




Topic: The outdatedness of the term “Caucasian”

Guest:  Nell Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emeritus at Princeton University. She is the author of the book, “The History of White People.” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010).


Guest:  Jennifer Hochschild, Professor of Government and African and African American Studies at Harvard University



12:06 – 12:30

Topic: Gender politics at the Federal Reserve?: Replacing Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is arguably the most important economic decision President Barack Obama is facing this year. Who can shape and shepherd a fragile recovery? And give jittery markets continuity of leadership? One favored contender is Janet Yellen, currently the Fed's vice chairwoman. Her brilliance and likeability are major reasons. Her keen predictions were recently noted in analysis by The Wall Street Journal (Of the 14 Fed policy makers, Yellen proved to be the most accurate forecaster). Despite her laurels, recently a fellow Fed chair suggested the choice of Yellen may be driven by gender above all else. It's also been reported that a "whisper campaign" is focusing on her so-called female attributes of being "soft-spoken" and "passive." Those attributes are non-existent in Larry Summers, the other top contender for the position - known for his aggressive temperament. President Obama is said to favor Summers because he'll be able to keep inflation low and employment high and is said to have credibility across political aisles. As is the case with any job opening, top candidates will have pluses and minuses. So what role should candidates' gender play? Is it high time to include more female leadership in the old boys' club of finance? Or is injecting gender a distraction, and, moreover, a disservice to Yellen's CV?

Guest:  Heidi Moore, Finance and Economics Editor (based in NYC) for The Guardian

2nd Guest: TBD


12:30 – 12:40

Topic: (Sports segment TBA)


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: California’s dark history chronicled in ‘Deadly Times’ [TEMP HEAD]: Lew Irwin’s “Deadly Times” chronicles a dark period of American history that many know little about. Between the years of 1907-1911 more than 200 bombings were carried out in the United States. On October 1, 1910, the Los Angeles Times building was bombed killing at least 20 employees, a crime Irwin calls the worst ever committed in California. In “Deadly Times,” Irwin examines the history of this violent era and reports on this little-known piece of California history.

Guest:  Lew Irwin, author, “Deadly Times”




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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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