Wednesday, July 24, 2013

AirTalk for Thursday, July 25, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Fiona Ng, Sonata Lee Narcisse, Jerry Gorin




Thursday, July 25, 2013


***A-Rod Watch***

Baseball’s biggest name is facing a lifetime ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Word on his punishment could come down during the show.

Guest: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports MLB columnist


11:06 –11:20

Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBA


11:20 - 11:40

Topic:  Two California schools get top ranking released their college ranking and two California schools topped the list. Stanford was first on the list and our own Pomona College ranked second. This is the first time in the six years Forbes has produced the list that two West Coast colleges topped the list.. In 2012, the ranking order was: Princeton University, Williams College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, U.S. Military Academy, Columbia University, Pomona College and Swarthmore College. How did Pomona College climb the list? Why do East Coast school traditionally dominate rankings lists? What methodologies are used to create these rankings?

Guest:  David Oxtoby, President of Pomona College (NOT CONFIRMED)

Guest: TBA Forbes


11:40 - 12:00

Topic: Author Reza Aslan on his new biography of Jesus of Nazareth: [TEMP HEAD]

Guest: Reza Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”


12:06 – 12:20

Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBA


12:20 – 12:30

Topic: Gang Injunction considered for Echo Park, is it worth it? [TEMP HEAD]

Guest: TBA

Guest: Peter Bibring, Staff Attorney with ACLU Southern California


12:30 – 1:00

Topic: The classroom battle: teachers versus the administration: AirTalk has recently had LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy (link: and education activist Michelle Rhee (link: on the show to discuss their reform agendas. But, what do teachers have to say about all these new proposals in education reform? Rafe Esquith, a veteran teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles with a résumé full of accolades, joins AirTalk to discuss what it’s like working on the ground level for more than 25 years. In his new book, “Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” Esquith tells teachers new and experienced to not give up. He sympathizes with teachers who feel like they’re just ready to quit. For new teachers, Esquith warns against falling into the trap of trying to save every child, failing, and then quitting from disappointment. Also, it seems like teachers today are not battling difficult students, they’re battling the administration. Although Esquith believes reform does need to happen, he thinks tests cannot be truly standardized. And when test scores are low, students should not feel like their worth is their test score and the teachers should not be thrown under the bus. What are the secrets to Esquith’s classroom success? What makes a good teacher? Is the role of teachers changing? What should teachers be accountable for in the classroom? How do teachers feel about the Common Core? What is the best way to assess students and teachers?

Guest: Rafe Esquith (RAYF es-QUITH), a teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for more than 25 years; he has been awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the American Teacher Award, Parents magazine’s As You Grow Award, the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama, the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, and was made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.



Joel Patterson

Senior Producer, AirTalk

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