Thursday, April 30, 2009

Patt Morrison Fri, May 1


Friday, May 1, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30





1:30 – 2:00

Proposition 1A

This prop would extend $10 billion in "temporary" sales, income and vehicle taxes imposed as part of the 2009-2010 budget agreement for one or two years, resulting in a further tax increase of some $16 billion. The objective is to get money into a "rainy day" fund and institute budget caps and restrictions to help reduce Sacramento's cycle of booms and deficits. It's supported by the Governor. Opponents include taxpayer advocacy groups, some unions and the California Republican Party, which say it's a ruse for more spending. What's the proposition entail exactly? Representatives from the two sides chime in.



Jim Earp [Arp], Executive Director of the California Alliance for Jobs [Yes on 1A]

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Marty Hittelman, President of the California Federation of Teachers [No on 1A]

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2:00 – 2:30

Swine Flu and DREAD

Public perceptions of epidemics are often shaped more by political or moral agendas than "objective" medical information, making them a good indicator of a group's anxieties. Philip Alcabes joins us with his look at epidemics throughout history—from the Black Death, to AIDS, and avian flu—as the intersection of science and sociology. And Patt asks the question on everyone's mind: what does this say about Swine Flu?



Philip Alcabes, author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from t he Black Death to Avian Flu




2:30 – 2:40




2:40 – 3:00

Watch Your Tongue!

In a 5-to-4 decision this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Communications Commission's right to sanction broadcast networks when anyone lets fly an F-word, S-word, or any other profanity on a live broadcast. With a stronger FCC looking over his shoulder, how will a producer or performer avoid letting that  possibly offensive word slip on TV, while anything goes on cable and the Internet? 




Michael Copps, Acting Chair of the FCC

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Anthony Vinciquerra (vinn-see-KWERA), President and CEO of Fox Networks Group




Aisha Tyler, actress and comedian, contributor to Jane and Glamour, former host of E! Network show Talk Soup

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