Thursday, April 22, 2010

Patt Morrison for Friday, 4/23/2010


Friday, April 23, 2010

1-3 p.m.







1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:40

One man’s trash is another man’s catamaran

Perhaps when I mention a 60 foot catamaran made from 12,500 reclaimed bottles and fully recyclable plastic waste you think that I am talking about the Earth Day premiere of “Gilligan’s Island the Next Generation,” or maybe you have heard about the noble crusade being sailed by the ship Plastiki. According to the Container Recycling Institute more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away each day in the United States. In an effort to elevate awareness of the large amounts of plastic debris in the world’s oceans and asking people to rethink their waste, David de Rothschild and his crew have been sailing his vessel for more than a month now. We check in with the crew at sea and ask what we should do with all the bottles already thrown away and how to curb our own waste.



David de Rothschild, adventurer and environmentalist


Jo Royle, Plastiki’s skipper


Contact: Julie Jarrett  408-334-4347-mobile, 415-403-9057-O,





Container Recycling Institute



1:40 – 2:00

Cheetah conservation and structure of ecological communities are the focus of 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

This week conservationists Laurie Marker, executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University, are being awarded the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Marker is being recognized for her three decades of study of wild cheetahs and her work to protect them, and Pimm is being recognized for his research in ecological food webs, life spans and extinctions in specific populations. The prize, which is administered by USC, was established in 1973 by John and Alice Tyler and has become one of the premier awards for environmental science, health and energy.



Laurie Marker, co-founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an international research organization based in Namibia

·        She has worked to protect the cheetahs from extinction for 36 years by studying their biology and environment and implementing various measures to minimize their conflict with people. She established the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990 in Namibia to put these measures into place in the country with the largest population of wild cheetahs. 

·        Because most wild cheetahs live on livestock grazing lands, CCF provides farmers with methods to reduce cheetah predation on their livestock as well as the degradation of grazing land and wildlife habitat by invasive bush. 


Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University, and leader of the Pimm Group, an informal collective of students past and present, colleagues and technicians. He is the author of several books, including “A Scientist Audits the Earth.”

  • He is an expert on the science of extinction and a leading conservation scientist whose work on food webs created a way to understand how losses in species diversity at one level could impact other levels of an ecological community
  • He works to conserve biodiversity in the places it is most threatened, including the Florida Everglades, Central America, Brazil, Southern Africa, and Madagascar.
  • The Pimm Group, through a combination of first-rate science, in-country contacts and lean operations is doing some of the most innovative land preservation deals in the world. Of the funds raised, 97 percent goes to land purchases and to small, hand-picked in-country NGO’s. Where possible we connect large donors directly with the beneficiaries. The Pimm Group’s area of operations encompasses Central and South America, Africa, and India.


Patt: We’re finished here, but the conversation continues on the Patt Morrison page at KPCC-dot-org and on our Facebook page. You’re listening to 89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio. When we come back …



2:06 – 2:20

Inside the Industry with

Hollywood is a town and an industry that moves at lightning-speed; it’s almost impossible to stay up to date on the latest, and we know you want to keep up.

So, we’re introducing a new series focusing on the real news in Hollywood. Patt sits down with’s editor-in-chief, Sharon Waxman, to discuss all things current in the world of media and entertainment. This week we’ll find out why Sony is sharing their 3D recipe for success, what will become of Miramax, and why Lions Gate doesn’t back down from box-office controversy.  



Sharon Waxman, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of She is a former correspondent for The Washington Post and The New York Times and the author of two books, including, Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System.


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PATT – on the futures issue - forward promote for Monday’s show:

We will be talking to Congressman Waxman and a representative from Veriana Networks on the futures issue on Monday. Veriana is one of two companies that just got the CFTC’s (Commodities Futures Trading Commission) approval.



2:20 – 3:00
Comedy Congress

It’s that time again; everyone’s favorite congress is back in session. Returning with brand new clips from our beloved elected officials, Patt Morrison brings you the type of comedy that only your tax dollars could pay for. Our comics riff on everything from revolutionary health care ideas, why Arnold hates taxes, and why you should be afraid of Erik Erickson’s wife’s shotgun… very afraid. Patt is joined by Iliza Shlesinger and Ben Gleib.



Ben Gleib, regular performer at the Hollywood Improv, on the CBS “The Late Late Show,” and on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly”; named one of "Six Comedians who Could be Comedy’s Next Big Thing" in Esquire & a regular panelist on the E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately”



Iliza Shlesinger, The first female to win Last Comic Standing on NBC , she is also the host of The Weakly News on Iliza is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and The Laugh Factory




Patt: We’re finished here, but the conversation continues on the Patt Morrison page at KPCC-dot-org and you can follow us on Twitter. You’re listening to 89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio.






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