PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Friday, December 18, 2009
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1:00 – 1:20
Global climate change agreement - enough to make a difference?
Large pieces of a climate agreement fell into place yesterday (Thursday) with new offers from the U.S. and China, but President Obama and other world leaders still faced difficult issues before an agreement could be reached. What is in that final document and how will it help deal with the threat of global warming and other environmental damage due to climate change?
Bryan Walsh, staff writer for TIME magazine. He is covering the climate conference in
1:20 – 1:40
James Cameron’s quest to revolutionize movie technology
“Avatar” has been in the works, inside the mind of James Cameron, for over 10 years--$300 million later, the director’s technological masterpiece is finally a reality and promises to vault the movie going experience into the 21st century. “Avatar” is a sci-fi and even political fantasy and thriller, mixed with computer generated graphics, animation and presented in 3-D that literally makes the movie jump off the screen. Patt talks with Cameron about how his vision moved from technical dream to stunning reality, and what’s next in movie making.
James Cameron, Oscar winning director, writer & producer of “Avatar”
1:40 – 2:00
Is 3-D the king of the world?
The “industry” is all a buzz about it and many claim it will revolutionize the way we watch movies and even sporting events. If you thought H-D was the ultimate, wait until you put these glasses on (well, that part kind of sucks). All eyes are on James Cameron’s new film Avatar to point the way. Did he succeed in immersing us in his virtual 3-D world, what is the future of the technology (do we really have to wear those glasses?) and is a football game in 3-D really that much better?
Joe Letteri (Le-terri), Special Effects Supervisor at Weta Digital
HE CALLS US.
Weta digital did most of the visual effects on Avatar
Letteri has received 3 Oscars for Best Visual Effects
He worked on
Damien Wader, VP of Business Development, In-
They produced the 3-D Airforce commercial being shown before Avatar
They convert films from 2-D to 3-D
Steve Schklair (Sch-klair—like glare), CEO, 3ality Digital
They do live 3-D video broadcasts of sporting events (football, basketball)
They are a pioneer in the industry and also do 3-D filmmaking and commercials.
2:00 – 2:30
Organ donation – a matter of patients’ rights or public trust?
Where does life end and death set in? According to the 1981 Uniform Determination of Death Act, death is the “irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brainstem.” But because true brain death is very rare, that definition prevents many viable donors from bequeathing organs before their blood turns toxic. Doctors and patients’ families argue that we should begin to consider death as a continuum; many more donors would be viable, for instance, if doctors adopted the donation after cardiac death (D.C.D.) process, which determines death to be not when the brain dies but once the heart stops. Their advocacy has raised ethical questions about whether organ donation is a matter of patients’ rights or public trust in the system.
Dr. Darshak Sanghavi (DAR-shock Song-Ovi), Slate's health care columnist; his article “The Last Decision” on Donation after Cardiac Death (D.C.D.) appears in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine
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2:30 – 3:00
Title Wave! A book lover's roundtable
What do you do with the person in your life that’s just impossible to shop for? You throw the book at them! Patt talks with two local book aficionados about their favorite books of 2009 and opens up the lines to you. What are the best books of 2009? Call in with your choice or ask the experts what titles are sure to satisfy even the most insatiable book lover in your life.
David Ulin, book critic with the Los Angeles Times
Kerry Slattery, General Manager and Co-Owner of Skylight Books