Thursday, June 25, 2009

Patt Morrison for Fri, June 26


Friday, June 26, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:39

Financial Forensics: What Happens to Michael Jackson's Empire?

The death of Michael Jackson isn’t just the end of a brilliant musical career but the end of a financial empire that rose and fell and hoped to rise again when its king died. Patt talks about Jackson’s life and the financial fallout from his death.






2:00 – 2:30

Calling a Spade a Spade: NPR & Use of the Word "Torture"

"Harsh interrogations," "abusive techniques," "so-called torture" - which is it and why does it matter who says it? Salon's Glenn Greenwald criticized NPR in his blog post this week for not using the word "torture" to characterize the treatment of detainees in U.S. Custody. NPR says journalists are in a no-win situation when it comes to the T-word. Is it thoughtful or gutless? We hear reasoning from NPR's ombudsman as well as some analysis from linguist Geoffrey Nunberg on the gravity of words. When DO they matter?


Alicia Shepard, NPR's Ombudsman


Geoffrey Nunberg, professor of linguistics at UC Berkely, author most recently of The Years of Talking Dangerously



2:30 – 2:40




2:40 – 3:00

NY vs CA Smackdown: Which State Legislature is More Dysfunctional?

In the red corner wearing her trademark hat and representing the state of California is the undefeated champ, Patt Morrison. In the blue corner it’s the kid from the east, Brian Lehrer, host of the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. The outcome of this historic fight will determine which state legislature is more dysfunctional – California or New York. Let the games begin.


Brian Lehrer, Host of the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC




Walter Shapiro, columnist for, formerly Washington bureau chief for He recently wrote a column about why state governments are dysfunctional


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