Thursday, August 8, 2013

RE: AirTalk for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Friday, April 9, 2013



11:06 –11:30??

Topic: Five years since ban, texting while driving has more than doubled

California banned texting while driving and drivers from using handheld cell phones 5 years ago. The Automobile Club of Southern California has released new findings looking at how well the bans are working out. The results might be surprising: texting while driving is apparently up 126%, even though handheld mobile use is down 57%. The surveys were conducted starting 2008, before the bans took effect. Distracted driving was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes in 2010, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Besides California, 10 other states have banned the use of handheld mobile phones and 41 states prohibit drivers from texting. Have you stopped texting while driving since the ban? Are currently texting while driving penalties to curb the behavior?



Guest:  Steven Bloch, Ph.D., (pron: TBA) Traffic Safety Researcher, Automobile Club of Southern California


Guest: TBD, Officer with the California Highway Patrol





11:30 -11:40

Topic: Industry and entertainment news from Television Critics Association summer tour: The hardest working summer camp in Beverly Hills just wrapped. The Television Critics Association two-week tour featured previews of possibly racist, definitely over-hyped and likely entertaining new programs. There were also insightful industry trends of note. One surprising thesis: the long-coveted 18-49 demographic is over? What are the most promising new shows? Which audiences are they trying to win? (And will Angelenos get to see any of the CBS fodder?)


Guest:  Tim Molloy, Reporter,




11:40 - 12:00

Topic: Should fast food workers be paid a living wage? In light of the recent actions over wages for fast food workers, activists and economists are debating the consequences of actually paying a living wage. On one side, you have economists saying that paying a living wage would be beneficial not just to the workers themselves, but overall because it would ultimately result in less government support and it wouldn’t actually cost consumers all that much. On the other side, you have folks arguing that it’s untenable for businesses, would cost jobs and would ultimately hurt working families…etc. (TEMP BLURBAGE)



Guest: John Schmitt, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research


Guest: TBD



Michael Saltsman, E

Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Vincent Reinhart




12:06 – 12:40

Topic: Filmweek: Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We’re the Millers and more: Larry Mantle and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We’re the Millers and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Guest: Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Alt Film Guide

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Guest: Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

IN STUDIO                             

Guest: Charles Solomon, film critic and animation historian for KPCC, author for





12:40 – 1:00


Topic: Reporter wants Harrison Ford to start acting his age

For many over 30, Harrison Ford is the actor from such iconic adventure flicks as Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” For those under 30, they might know him as the guy who played Shia LaBeouf’s pops in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The 71-year-old actor is tapped to replace Bruce Willis in the upcoming “Expendables 3,” the sleeper hit franchise starring a bunch of 80s action stars. Ford also told the Daily Telegraph that he sees no issue giving it another go as the cranky archaeologist in a fifth Indiana Jones installment. "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time, and it's perfectly appropriate and OK for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass,” Ford told the Daily Telegraph in an interview. Ford’s desire to continue taking on action hero roles has irked Graeme McMillan over at the Hollywood Reporter. “The actor celebrated his 71st birthday this year, placing him six years past his suggested retirement age and at the point where most actors are either accepting smaller roles that involve passing on sage advice in a small cameo or retiring altogether,” McMillan writes. By reprising a role which he made famous 30 years ago, is Harrison Ford potentially turning himself into a parody of his younger self? Is he setting himself up for failure?  


Guest: TBD



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