Thursday, August 29, 2013

AirTalk for Friday, August 30, 2013

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




Friday, August 30, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBD



Topic:Should insurers be forced to pay for expensive new cancer treatments?

Blue Shield of California has come under fire for refusing to pay for an expensive and controversial new radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Scripps Hospital in San Diego spent $230 million on a new proton beam therapy center set to open this fall. Loma Linda University Medical Center was the first hospital-based proton treatment center in the nation. It's invested millions in the technology and claims the success rate is _____ than traditional radiation treatments. Blue Shield claims there is no justification for spending $30,000 using the new machine when research shows that traditional radiation methods deliver similar results. Insurers are under constant pressure to hold down costs but at the same time, patients and doctors are demanding they pay for pricy and often-controversial treatments. How do insurers decide which new treatments are worth spending top dollar? Will hospitals be willing to invest in potentially life saving new treatments if insurers won't cover them?

Guest:  Dr. Steven Pearson, President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Guest: Daniel Fontoura, senior vice president at Loma Linda University Medical Center


11:40 –12:00

Topic: Will more cop cams improve behavior of police AND suspects?

Guests: TBD


12:06 – 12:340

Topic: Filmweek: Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more: Larry and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more. What movies should you catch this Labor Day weekend? Also, film critic Peter Rainer is at the Montreal World Film Festival. TGI-Filmweek!

Guest: Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Guest: Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers chain

Guest: Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor; author of “Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era;” he is in Montreal for the festival.


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Porn industry update [Temp Head]

Guest: TBD



Joel Patterson

Senior Producer, AirTalk

626-583-5375 office

858-349-2205 cell




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