Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thurs, June 4


Thursday, June 4, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:40

Tiananmen Plus Twenty: A Revolution in Media

In 1989, the world watched in horror as demonstrators were attacked by the Chinese Army. It was the first time the world had seen, live on television, such a massive act of violence from inside Communist China.  Since then, media technology has expanded more than anyone could have imagined: the Internet and cell phone cameras have made everyone a potential journalist. The Chinese government has responded, developing technology intended to block access to information from inside and outside of the country. Often this was done with the help of American companies. How effective is this technology? What other steps is the Chinese government taking to control information? And do any of the lessons of Tiananmen apply to today's media?



Dan Southerland, Was Washington Post Bureau Chief, Beijing, 1989


Madeline Earp, Asia Research Associate, Committee to Protect Journalists


Tala Dowlatshahi, New York Director of Reporters without Borders


Sophie Richardson, Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch



1:40 – 2:00






2:00 – 2:20

Will the NBA playoffs be Magic? We Hope Not

If precedent has any say in the matter the Los Angeles Lakers are going to slaughter the Orlando Magic. Our purple-and-golden boys have 14 championships, 30 playoffs notches in their belts, and a coach with almost as many rings as fingers, as well as every bookie in town favoring the Lakers in game one and to win the series but… you can’t predict basketball. The nation was set to watch LeBron and Kobe face off, and now we will have to settle for only seeing the pair as puppets, thank goodness Nike decided to keep running those commercials through the playoffs.



Matt “Money” Smith, host of “Petros & Money Show” on Fox Sports Radio, heard in L.A. on KLAC AM570; host of “Lakers Zone” the Lakers pre- & post-game show



2:20 – 2:50




2:50 – 3:00

From Screen to Stage:  Taylor Hackford's New Venture

“Louis & Keely: Live at the Saharastarted out, like so many great ideas, in a bar. The play’s writers took their idea from the back room of a Hollywood lounge to the small and devoted Sacred Fools Theatre, where the play's future director and producer first saw it. That director is Oscar nominated Taylor Hackford, famous for his film directorial work The Devil’s Advocate, Dolores Claiborne, La Bamba and An Officer and a Gentleman. The play marks Hackford’s first time directing for the stage and he, like the play, is a success. Join us as we talk with him about his move from screen to stage, Louis Prima and Keely Smith - the true life characters that inspired the play, the risk of financing this venture amidst the closure of so many big Broadway productions, and much more.



Taylor Hackford, director



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