Thursday, July 23, 2009

Patt Morrison for Fri 7/24/09


Friday, July 24, 2009


1:00 – 1:30




1:30 - 2:00

New Business Model for Newspapers

The newspaper industry has been bleeding advertising revenue for sometime and, increasingly, shop talk says the best hope might be charity. The New York Times has begun considering funding investigative journalism projects with donations from non-profit groups like ProPublica, a model that would promote reader-driven reporting. Are mainstream newspapers going the NPR-route? And does it raise conflicts of interest?



Paul Steiger, ProPublica



Rick Edmonds, Poynter Institute



2:00 – 2:30

Yellowstone: A Picturesque Time Bomb?

 Everyone knows about Yellowstone Park, the oldest national park in the United States. But what people may not know is that it sits right on top of one of the biggest volcanoes on earth. And, contrary to initial assumptions about the volcano, it is alive. The most recent explosion was 640,000 years ago and was a thousand times the size of the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980. Apparently, the question about another eruption of Yellowstone isn’t if, but when.



Joel Achenback, writer for National Geographic Magazine. His article When Yellowstone Explodes appears in the August 2009 issue.


Additional guests:  TBD



2:30 – 2:50

Theater Critics Roundtable

From "Spamalot," to "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Wasps," and yes, "Octomom the Musical," the theater critics join Patt for a roundtable of the summer season's pickings. What's hot, what's not, and what's outdoors and FREE? Tune in for theater on any budget.



Steven Leigh Morris, critic-at-large, LA Weekly



Wenzel Jones, critic for Frontiers Magazine



Dany Margolies, critic with Back Stage





2:50 – 3:00

Alternative Theater in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a homegrown theater genre that evokes the environment of Dust Bowl-era carnivals, with social misfits and counterculture aplenty. One show, Lucha Vavoom, is “a mash-up of Mexican lucha libre wrestling, burlesque striptease and post-punk vaudeville”, as characterized by the LA Times. A second show, “Beneath,” was inspired by Nevada’s Burning Man.



Rita D’Albert, producer at Lucha VaVoom. She has been making alternative theater for a decade. She is also an actor, dancer, and former guitarist with the all-female rock band The Pandoras.

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