Friday, May 8, 2009

Patt Morrison for Mon, May 11


Monday, May 11, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:40

After 6 Years of Reconstruction in Iraq, What will be the American Legacy?

As the rationale for the Iraq war was changed, spun or evolved (depending on your political perspective) one goal was consistently held up over the six years of U.S. presence in Iraq: the rebuilding of Iraq’s government and infrastructure in order to sustain a democratic, peaceful and self-reliant country.  Even as Iraqi reconstruction was a constant in American policy since 2003 so were the plagues of waste, fraud and misguidance during the American reconstruction effort.  As American troops slowly begin to cycle out of Iraq for good, the inspector general who oversaw the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq is here to talk about what went right, what went wrong and how can apply these lessons to Afghanistan.



Stuart Bowen, Jr., the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction; previously Inspector General for the Coalition Provisional Authority


  • Bowen has been auditing American reconstruction efforts in Iraq since January of 2004, with the power of oversight over $47 billion appropriated for the reconstruction of Iraq.



1:40 – 2:00






2:00 – 2:30

Proposition 1F: Holding Lawmakers Accountable or Useless Symbolism?

Amid a group of budget and tax-related propositions that will be tough to swallow for California voters, Proposition 1F was supposed to be the spoonful of sugar that would help the medicine go down. 1F would prevent elected members of California’s government from receiving pay raises in years when the state is running a deficit. Seen as a way to hold both legislators and the governor accountable for failing to reach budget deals, 1F is a form of voter retribution and a contrast to the other propositions on the May 19th ballot that asks voters to make hard budget decisions.  But will 1F really deter dragged out budget negotiations and properly punish floundering state leaders?




Jon Fleischman, vice chairman of the California Republican Party; president of the Fleischman Consulting Group; founder & publisher of the political news website


  • Fleischman wrote an op-ed piece on his website that said 1F “is a feel-good measure that really doesn’t amount to much public policy.”



Rep from "Reform for Change"




2:30 – 2:40





2:40 – 3:00

Hidden Kitchens in Southern California

Davia Nelson and  Nikki Silva are better known as the Kitchen Sisters. As independent producers, they are the creators of numerous stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. Hidden Kitchens, their award-winning radio series on NPR, explores the world of unexpected and below the radar cooking happening every day in kitchens across the country. They join Patt to explore the hidden kitchens of Southern California.



Davia Nelson and  Nikki Silva, The Kitchen Sisters





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