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The City of Carson is about to make bullying anyone under 25 a misdemeanor, which could be punishable by up to a year in jail. LA County Sheriff's deputies would have to enforce the new law. What is bullying? How is it different from business as usual on high school campuses?  We hear a debate. Also, you won't be hearing the sound of film projectors in movie theaters any more. The medium that defined Hollywood will come to end tomorrow when the last lab to process film in the movie capital of the world shuts down.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, the US Supreme Court has authorized explicitly Christian prayers at public meetings — even if it offends non-Christians who feel excluded. What's happened to the First Amendment separation of Church and State? Is it a victory for what's called "the religious freedom movement" in the United States?

 

Banner image: Thomas Ricker

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg

Is LA DC's ATM? 7 MIN, 34 SEC

President Obama has moved on to Silicon Valley after last night on the Westside, doing what Democrats from all over the country do in Los Angeles: raise money. Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine is here today. He's author of a recent article about the race to succeed retiring Democrat Henry Waxman, who held the 33rd Congressional district for 40 years.

Leibovich will be talking about his book This Town, about Washington, DC, at Book Soup in Hollywood on Saturday, May 10, at 4pm.

Guests:
Mark Leibovich, New York Times (@MarkLeibovich)

This Town

Mark Leibovich

Should Bullying Be a Crime? 11 MIN, 7 SEC

The City of Carson is on its way to enacting a law against bullying. It defines the new misdemeanor crime as causing anyone under the age of 25  to feel "terrorized, frightened intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested, and which serves no legitimate purpose." Hateful texting or emails are included. Will it work?

Guests:
Jim Dear, City of Carson (@cityofcarson_ca)
Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California (@USCSocialWork)

More:
American Educational Research Association on bullying prevention
Astor's 'School Violence in Context: Culture, Neighborhood, Family, School and Gender'

School Violence in Context

Rami Benbenishty

The End of Film 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Paramount Pictures made a kind of history this year, declaring it would no longer release major motion pictures on 35 millimeter film. Tomorrow another milestone: the post-production company Deluxe — Hollywood's last film processing lab — will shut its doors. Digitalization of the movie industry is a quiet revolution — and it's costing jobs. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez got a front seat.

You can see Saul's photos and read more about the casualties of the digital transition on our WWLA blog.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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