Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thurs 7/9/09


Thursday, July 9, 2009

1-3 p.m.



1:00 – 1:30

Has the Stimulus been Properly Stimulating?

Putting aside the growing unemployment numbers—something that the federal stimulus package was supposed to curtail with new job growth—there are new concerns that stimulus dollars have not been spent the way they were intended by the Obama Administration and Congress.  The GAO says that states haven’t been using the funds as intended and the political mud is starting to fly.  Have we been properly stimulated?



TBD representative of the General Accountability Office


Laura Chick, Inspector General of California’s economic stimulus package



1:30 - 1:40




1:40 – 2:00

U.S. Nuns under Scrutiny, Not Happy

The Vatican says it’s conducting a survey to “look into the quality of the life” of women’s religious institutes. But American nuns say it’s an effort to reel in nuns who are casting aside religious habits, leaving convents to live independently, and entering new professions like academia. Regardless of their intention, with the number of U.S. nuns down by a third since the late ‘60s, can the Vatican afford to alienate them?



Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister from Monroe, Michigan, Sandra (SAWN-dra) M. Schneiders, professor emerita of New Testament and spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley



Prof. Christopher Kaser (KAY-sor), associate professor of philosophy, Loyola Marymount University




2:00 – 2:30

Sherman Nuys or Van Oaks? The Valley’s Controversial Name Change

What’s in a name?  Depends on who you ask in the San Fernando Valley;  a one-square-mile section of 1,855 homes in Van Nuys is seeking to become part of neighboring Sherman Oaks, and they will most likely get their wish when the L.A. City Council votes on the matter next week.  But there’s a lot of bitterness from the residents of Van Nuys who will be left behind—what’s the big deal about a name change in the Valley?



Lydia Mather, president of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council



Jill Banks Barad, president of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council; founder & chair of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils




2:30 – 2:40




2:40 – 3:00

Nevermore Forevermore

In celebration of the bicentennial of the poet Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday sci-fi/horror heavy-weights Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon have put together “Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe." Pat sits down with the star and director of “Nevermore” to talk about the poet, the poems, and their play. Maybe they will be able to figure out whom or what is behind that rap-tap-tapping at the studio door.



Jeffery Combs, actor and star of “Nevermore” and the cult classic “Re-Animator”



Stuart Gordon, director of “Nevermore” and the cult classic “Re-Animator”







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