Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thursday, April 16th


Thursday, April 16, 2009

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39

Remembering Columbine

When Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold were planning their massacre at Columbine High School their ultimate goal was to be remembered for pain they inflicted on their victims.  Ten years later the legacy of the Columbine murders is still largely uncertain, and certainly no solutions to the problems have been reached, as mass shooting sprees in schools and work places are still common place.  There are still multiple lessons to be learned from Columbine as the information from that fateful April 20th, 1999 is still be sorted through, from the media coverage to the role of religion, the psychology of teenagers and the response of police agencies.  Will Eric and Dylan be remembered for the pain they inflicted or the painful lessons they taught us?



Dave Cullen, author of Columbine



1:41 – 1:58:30

Smart Bombs, Abrams Tanks….and the Checkbook? Economic Warfare & the 21st Century Battleground

The old idea of “economic warfare” was a simple one:  set up a blockade or embargo on a country and choke it off from vital goods, services and supplies.  The 21st century edition of economic warfare promises to look very different, as globalization ensures there are many more weapons and vulnerabilities on hand for the economic warrior.  Last month the Pentagon sponsored a series of economic war games with troubling results:  The U.S. lost most of the war games, and the savviest economic warrior proved to be China.  Patt takes you inside the war room to get a view of what we can expect on the modern economic battleground.



Paul Bracken, professor of business, management and globalization at Yale University’s Graduate School of Management; he participated in the Pentagon’s economic warfare war games in March

  • Bracken regularly leads business war games for companies facing new challenges, and recently ran a game on the competitive evolution of the European asset management industry.
  • A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the Transformation Advisory Group of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, as well as advising other parts of the Government and National Academy of Sciences Task Forces.



2:06 – 2:30

God is (Still) Not Great

It's been a year since journalist Christopher Hitchens wrote his polemic critique of religion, God is Not Great. Back then he argued religion is "violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." He's here to explain why, a year later, he still thinks so.


Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Spoils Everything



2:30 – 3pm





Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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