Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thursday, 11/19/09


Thursday, November 19, 2009

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Mixing algebra & politics: the power to predict political events

If nothing else this segment will be a good reminder of why math matters, even to those political science majors out there.  On the surface Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a political science professor with an incredible reputation for predicting the outcome of political events, from elections to international negotiations.  Peel back the layers and learn that he employs his own algebraic equation to predict politics that is successful because it removes the emotional factor.  Meet the “predictioneer” and hear what his formula foresees in the future.



Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Professor of Politics at NYU; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford



2:06 – 2:30

Predictive Policing, a real-life “Minority Report”?

Researchers and criminal justice leaders are gathering in Los Angeles this week to develop and discuss the concept of “predictive policing.” Lauded as a major crime fighting tool, predictive policing combines technology and statistical analysis to identify crime hot spots and forecast who is likely to commit crimes, at what times, and in which locations…are you thinking Tom Cruise in “Minority Report”? Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton was an advocate of the program, but civil liberties scholars are beginning to raise concerns over privacy and civil rights issues associated with the predictive analytics. How can police use this new technology to better fight crime without eroding our civil liberties?



Kristina Rose, acting director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice

The NIJ, as part of the Department of Justice,  is launching pilot projects in seven U.S. cities and has given grants to police departments in Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Shreveport, New York


James Burch, acting director Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), at the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice




Chief Bill Bratton, former LAPD Chief


The First Predictive Policing Symposium sponsored by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department, is being held November 18–20 at the Marriott in Downtown Los Angeles



2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Los Angeles:  Portrait of a City

In 500 photographs, from the first known image of Los Angeles, taken in 1882 by William M. Godfrey, to shots of the sprawling urban landscape, this assemblage traces the city's cultural, political, industrial and sociological history.  Development and diversity are the themes here, with events that made world news -- including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, the Rodney King riots -- highlighting a city of energy, turmoil, and change.  A triple-latte sized volume, "Los Angeles: Portrait of a City," tells the story of the City of Angels in pictures and three languages. 


PATT:  On the occasion of the release of "Los Angeles:  Portrait of a City," a fundraiser is being held tonight for the L.A. Conservancy.  Tickets are available through



Jim Heimann, executive editor for TASCHEN America, and author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood


  • California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin collaborated with Jim Heimann on the book.



Jonathan Serviss

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