Thursday, August 14, 2008

Patt Morrison Fri, 8/15


Friday, August 15, 2008

1-3 p.m.



1:00 – 1:20

DHS Goes Hollywood: Secretary Michael Chertoff in L.A.

Even with our status as the second largest city in the U.S., it’s easy for Los Angeles to get overlooked in Washington D.C. as the federal government plots its homeland security strategy.  However, with thousands of potential terror targets and one of the busiest airports in the world, occasionally L.A. gets the attention it deserves.  This week Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been touring the sites of L.A., but this is no normal tourist trip—he’s surveying security vulnerabilities at LAX, negotiating security funding for California and speaking about identify theft at USC. Secretary Chertoff brings the strategy for defending the nation against terrorism to our audience in L.A.



Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security





1:20 – 1:35

Janet Napolitano’s Border State Is A Lot Like Ours

As members of the sometimes neglected but always influential American Southwest, California and Arizona have a lot in common with burgeoning metropolitan cities and a shared border with Mexico. Janet Napolitano, the governor of Arizona, is in Los Angeles this week to attend the Border Governors Conference and will tackle many of the same issues that affect Californians, chiefly illegal immigration and surging drug violence in Mexico. While the federal government remains generally ineffective at tackling these complex problems, the Southwestern states have often been left to their own devices in a search for solutions. What can we learn from the innovative governor of Arizona?



Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona





1:35 – 2:00







2:00 – 2:30

Evangelical Voters and the 2008 Election

On Saturday, John McCain and Barack Obama will speak with Pastor Rich Warren at Saddleback Church on the topic of "Compassion and Leadership." Warren is the evangelical leader of the 23,000-member megachurch. Evangelicals were a critical force that swept George W. Bush into power and they are again a crucial constituency in the 2008 elections – both the McCain and Obama campaigns have been courting them endlessly. How strong is the evangelical movement leading up to the 2008 elections? And as Rick Warren flirts with the title of “The Next Billy Graham,” are we seeing a new generation of evangelical leader?



Christine Wicker: Author, The Fall of the Evangelical Nation: The Surprising Crisis Inside the Church. She is the former religion reporter for the Dallas Morning News.



David Domke, Professor of communication at the University of Washington. He studies religion and politics.

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2:30 – 3:00




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