Monday, August 19, 2013

AirTalk for Tuesday August 20, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson(on vacay), Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Karen Fritsche, Jerry Gorin



Tuesday August 20, 2013

11:06 –11:30



11:30 -11:40

Topic: Are wildfire fights in California targeting the wrong culprit? This month’s Silver Fire devastated communities in Riverside County - destroying nearly 50 buildings, including homes, and injuring almost a dozen firefighters. The fire also seems to be challenging conventional wisdom about where wildfires start and what causes them to spread.


Guest: Richard Halsey, (pron: TBA) Director, The California Chaparral Institute - an organization dedicated to the preservation of native shrub land habitats, based in Escondido




Topic: Should firefighters be allowed to use helmet video cameras?

Over the weekend, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White banned firefighters in the city from using of helmet cameras. The move came after footage taken by a firefighter’s helmet camera after the Asiana Airlines crash became public. The images showed a fire truck running over a Chinese girl at the scene of crash in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle published stills from the footage.

Yesterday [MONDAY], officials at the San Francisco Fire Department backtracked on the decree and said they will revisit the issue. Cities like Baltimore and Houston have a firefighter helmet cameras ban in place, as do the Los Angeles City Fire Department and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. Proponents of the ban say the use of helmet cameras and dissemination of the images violate the privacy rights of victims and firefighters. But some firefighters contend that these cameras don’t just make an useful training tool, but they save lives.

"The department seems more concerned with exposure and liability than training and improving efficiency," San Francisco Battalion Chief and president of the employee group, the Black Firefighters Association Kevin Smith, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Helmet cams are the wave of the future - they can be used to improve communication at incidents between firefighters and commanders.”



Guest:  Timothy E. Sendelbach, editor in chief of Fire rescue magazine




Guest: County of LA Firefighters’ Association


12:06 – 12:20



12:20 – 12:45ish

Topic: College hook-up culture off the hook? Not so, new study says: Despite recent headlines claiming that sex among college students was on the rise, students are actually having less sex than two decades ago. This, according to new research presented last week at the American Sociological Association. Martin Monto, a sociology professor from the University of Portland, found “no evidence of substantial changes in sexual behavior that would support the proposition that there is a new or pervasive ‘hookup culture’ among contemporary college students.” But young adults do seem to be having sex with fewer strings attached to partners. The researchers looked at nationally representative data from the General Social Survey of 1,829 high school grads, ages 18-25, who had finished at least one year of college. They compared answers from 1988-1996 with those from 2002-2010 and found no major differences. These latest findings echo other, similar surveys from researchers across the country. So is the hook-up culture just a myth? What’s behind the popular misconception that hooking up is rampant among college students? What’s really going on behind closed campus doors?

Guest: Laura Hamilton,  Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced


Guest: Kathleen A. Bogle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice, La Salle University; author of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus (New York University Press), which examines the nature and culture of “hooking up” between college students as well as what happens after students leave the college environment



12:45ish – 1:00

Topic: A brand new! How can the LA Auto Show bring new wheel appeal?

Guest:  Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds



Warm regards,

Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162 

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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