KPFK Wed. 7/30: Collapse of the LA Times

The LA Times laid off 150 people from the newsroom last week; the stand-alone book review was published for the last time last Sunday; this week the paper is the thinnest it’s ever been. The new owner, Sam Zell, seems to hold his employees in utter contempt. But what is his plan? How can he get more readers by offering them less? We’ll have comment from KEVIN RODERICK –he publishes the indispensable source on the Times, LAObserved — and from KIT RACHLIS, editor-in-chief of LA Magazine.
Thurs. Aug. 14, 7pm: “LA Without the LA Times?” panel with Kevin Roderick, Kit Rachlis and others: Downtown LA Public Library ALOUD series.

Plus: John McCain opposes contraception have you heard about this from the mainstream media? KATHA POLLITT, columnist for The Nation, has been listening to McCain — she will explain. Also, Katha on the candidates’ wives, Michelle and Cindy.

Also: Bottlemania: Fiji Water comes from 5,000 miles away; they say that makes it better. Poland Spring is good American water, but the good people of Maine have been fighting Nestle to keep the multinational from taking all their groundwater and selling it to other people. Tap water should be better, but it has some problems too. Elizabeth Royte tackles the question, What is to be done? Her new book is BOTTLEMANIA: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It.
Lots more info at Elizabeth’s water links: here.