Friday, October 2, 2009

Patt Morrison for Mon 10/5/09


Monday, October 5, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:40





1:40 - 2:00

Lucy's not so old, after all!

In 1992 on an arid floodplain along the Awash River in Ethiopia, scientists discovered the fragments of a fossil skeleton of an early hominid. Since then, the team has been searching for more specimens, and last week presented a fairly complete skeleton with their analysis.  Called Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, the skeleton is more than one million years older than Lucy, until now the oldest hominid fossil that's been found, and shows a clear difference from chimpanzees. And you thought you were feeling your age!




Tim D. White, a leader of the team and professor in the department of integrative biology at UC Berkeley




2:00 – 2:30

It’s all about the money…

In 1913 the Federal Reserve was founded to combat the financial panic of 1907. Fast forward about a hundred years and the Fed finds it self in a strange predicament. Its loose money policies have been criticized as one of the causes of the biggest financial meltdown in our country’s history and in the process of propping up the economy, it’s come under scrutiny for its extreme secrecy. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are spearheading an effort to drag the veil of secrecy off of the central bank and kindly remind them who they work for…the tax payers.


Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas)


  • Introduced the bill HR-1207 (Audit the Fed) in the House of Representatives, former Presidential candidate (1988 & 2008), he also is the founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty and his ideas have been expressed in numerous published articles and books, including End The Fed (2009), and The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008).


Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)


  • Introduced the bill S-604 (Audit the Fed) in the Senate. Former member of the House of Representatives (1991-2007), and been a Senator since 2007.


2:30 – 2:40



2:40 – 3:00

A Big Little Life - That's Trixie, A Joyful Dog

Fiction writer Dean Koontz had everything he could want -- a happy marriage in Southern California and a successful career with more than twenty #1 New York Times best-selling novels to his credit. And then along came Trixie, a retired service dog, and he found a new window on life. Koontz joins Patt with his memoir "A Big Little Life," about a very special and joyful dog.



Dean Koontz, novelist and author most recently of "A Big Little Life."



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