Monday, July 15, 2013

AirTalk for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Karen Fritsche




Tuesday, July 16, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: OPEN


11:20 -11:40

Topic: Asiana sues Bay Area television station for fake pilot names

Guest: Doris Truong, Vice President of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, and past president of the Asian American Journalist Association



Topic: Ethnicity in Children’s Books [TEMP HEAD]

A recent report from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that despite the increasing diversity in the U.S., the number of children’s books written by or about people of color continues to be very low. The CCBC found that of the 3,600 books it received in 2012, 68 were by African Americans and 119 were about African Americans. Just 54 of the 3,600 were about Latinos. The CCBC started keeping statistics on the number of books in the U.S. by and about minorities in 1994. That year, the numbers were proportionally about the same—of the 4,500 books the library received, 166 were about African Americans and 90 were about Latinos—and they have stayed fairly consistent since the CCBC started keeping track of the numbers. Some argue that there simply isn’t a large enough demand for editors and publishers to create books that feature main characters of color. While others would argue that there can’t be a demand for something that’s not on the market. Why is it that the majority of characters in books and movies continue to be white despite an increasingly diverse population? What are the steps needed to change it?

Guest:  Kathleen T. Horning, Director, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a library at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Guest: Daniel Nayeri, Digital editorial director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Group

Guest: Kadir Nelson, author, 2012 Coretta Scott King Award recipient


12:06 – 12:20

Topic: Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell in filibuster showdown (TEMP): Just when you thought political partisanship couldn’t get any worse, the once friendly relationship between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has hit a new low. The two party leaders have been embroiled in a war of words for weeks now over proposed Democratic plans to dramatically limit Senate filibusters. "I love the Senate," Reid said Monday, "but right now, the Senate is broken, and it needs to be fixed." Reid says he has the votes needed to change the process the Senate uses to vote on nominees. The Senate currently requires a 67-vote majority to change its rules. If Reid makes good on his threat, that threshold could fall to 51. Reid’s aim is to stop Republicans from blocking President Obama’s executive-branch appointments. Both sides have long threatened to use the so-called “nuclear option,” to push through rules changes for filibusters. But this time it appears Reid might not be bluffing. In response, McConnell has said that “…if we don’t pull back from the brink here, my friend the majority leader is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever.” All 100 Senators were invited to a closed door session last night to try to hash out a compromise. Will they be able to strike a deal? How broken is the Senate? Is limiting the filibuster the way to fix it? Or is this a very slippery slope for Democrats, who might find themselves in the minority again following next year’s midterm elections?

Guest: Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson

Guest:  Dem strategist/pundit TBD


12:20 – 12:40

Topic: Letting things go is key to a longer, happier marriage

Negotiation is at the heart of how we as a culture like to deal with conflicts. From your work life to your home life, how often has the saying "let's talk about it" come up when things hit a snag? But this collective impulse runs counter to the findings of a new study. San Francisco State University psychologist Sarah Holley followed over 100 couples for 13 years to see how they approach conflict resolution and finds that for older married couples at least, avoiding talking about conflicts actually leads to happier marriages. Why is this the case? How do you deal with conflicts in your relationship? Does avoiding a persistently thorny issue work for you and your partner?

Guest:  Sarah Holley, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Relationships, Emotion, and Health Lab at the San Francisco State University who conducted the research.


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Dan Evans on baseball, being a GM, and picking players [temp head]

Guest:  Dan Evans, scout for the Toronto Blue Jays, Commissioner of the Northern League, former Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers



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