PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Friday, June 26, 2009
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
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
Brian Lehrer, Host of the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC
Walter Shapiro, columnist for PoliticsDaily.com, formerly