Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, 3/18/10


Thursday, March 18, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39

Health care free-for-all:  Will they pass it, what is it exactly, and how many casualties will there be?

This weekend promises to be the final, ultimate showdown on health care reform, as Congress prepares to vote on the Senate reform bill.  Before even one vote is cast the angry and bitter recriminations have already been flying back and forth across the political aisle:  Republicans accuse Democrats of dirty tricks, by using sneaky parliamentary tactics to avoid a straight-forward, up-or-down vote on reform; Democrats accuse Republicans of blatant partisanship, scoring political points without offering any viable reform alternatives.  And yesterday the fight spilled out of D.C. and into state capitals, when as many as 38 states (most lead by Republican governors) are threatening to sue the federal government if people are forced to buy health insurance.  We bring the bar room brawl to our airwaves and paint as clear of a picture as possible of the coming future of health care reform.




Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California’s 27th District

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California’s 1st District

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California’s 30th District; Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey’s 8th District

Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. R-Georgia’s 8th District

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana’s 6th District; Chair of the House Republican Conference

Rep. David Dreier, R-California’s 26th District; Ranking Republican of the House Rules Committee

Rep. Tom Price, M.D. R-Georgia’s 6th District: Chair of the House Republican Study Committee




1:41 – 1:58:30

So Much for That

So much for that is a phrase we hear often in life. Author Lionel Shriver explores that notion in a book named after the phrase. In the book, Shep Knacker has been saving for his retirement for years… but when the time finally comes to get out of the U.S. and move to a small island of the coast of Africa, his plans tumble to the ground. His wife of 26 years is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that will no doubt cost a fortune. On top of that, he’s already sold his company and now must remain on as a lower level employee. Lionel Shriver joins us in the studio to discuss the real world issues that inspired the story and might leave us all saying, so much for that.



Lionel Shriver, author of “So Much for That”




2:06 – 2:30

Can removing a breast prevent breast cancer?

What would you do to prevent breast cancer? Would you have a healthy breast removed even if there was no evidence that it helped? It seems the percentage of women who volunteer for a double mastectomy reached 6% in 2006, more than doubling the number from before. But a recent study by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that in most women, having a healthy breast removed didn’t effect long-term survival. Some patients just don’t want to face the possibility of going through treatment again, but others may have been mislead by plastic surgeons who want the extra dollar. Without all the facts, a woman may make an emotional and hasty decision about breast reconstruction and removal. Dr. Susan Love clears up some of the confusion about the  efficacy of breast removal for cancer prevention.



Dr. Susan Love, founder Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation



Dr. Love’s note: Although having breasts removed prophylactically makes some sense in women who carry the gene for breast cancer, it makes less sense in women who have breast cancer in one breast.  The risk of recurrence of the first breast cancer is usually higher than the risk of getting a second breast cancer.  I would argue that breast conservation which preserves a sensate breast that will age with you may be preferable to having breast reconstruction which is almost always completely numb.  Also reconstruction is not always as easy as it sounds with multiple operations and variable cosmetic results.  That being said I do think the choice belongs to the woman but I would encourage her to talk to people and find out their experiences before rushing into anything.  Sometimes what seems right at the moment loses its appeal after a bit of time. “




2:32 – 2:39

Family DNA map holds secret to disease

Knowing more about your parents than you want to could finally pay off. Two new studies are investigating family DNA maps to find disease-genes that may cause rare conditions. Scientists are hoping that by mapping family DNA they will better understand genetic characteristics of inheritable diseases. And with the cost of DNA sequencing decreasing significantly, it could become a common practice in diagnosing disease.

How much more personal can you get?



Dr. Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology, a non-profit research institute dedicated to the study and application of human systems biology.




2:41 – 2:58:30

The Buddha

Most people have heard of Buddhism but not many really know about its history and teachings. In the new film, “The Buddha,” documentarian David Grubin explores the life, journey and teachings of Prince Siddhartha who left his palace to seek enlightenment. Through use of artwork, animation, interviews (including one with the Dalai Lama) and footage of northern India where Buddhism was born, Grubin attempts to teach us all about what Buddhism means and how it can apply to our lives today.


PATT: There is a screening of  “THE BUDDHA” tonight at  XXXX at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. The documentary airs on PBS APRIL 7, 2010.  Check your local station for the time.



David Grubin, writer and director of “The Buddha”


·        He also directed a series of films on American presidents including LBJ, FDR, and TRUMAN as well as other award winning series such as THE JEWISH AMERICANS, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE BRAIN, and NAPOLEON.



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