Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, 4/14/10


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19

The cast-irony of it all:  water conservation is the cause of water main breaks



1:21 – 1:39

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, round 2: the grilling continues…..

The panel Congress assigned with the daunting task of figuring out what lead to the financial meltdown held another round of hearings last week. Citigroup and Alan Greenspan faced the commissions’ wrath but what will all this grilling add up to?  Criticism of the commission’s work, from within and outside Congress, is stacking up and what promised to be an equitable, bipartisan examination of the root causes of the financial meltdown have now been plagued by infighting on the commission itself.  Will the commissions’ report (expected to be massive) offer any new insights or help foster new regulations (Congress and Treasury are already moving forward on reforms)?  Patt asks the chairman for a view from the inside. 



Phil Angelides, chairman, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission




1:41 – 1:58:30

TARP COP Warren’s work continues: the foreclosure crisis is far from over

One of a few core causes of the collapse of the U.S. financial industry, and the resulting recession, was the bursting of the housing bubble—and as a result there have been several piecemeal programs geared at keeping struggling homeowners in their houses, and keeping their mortgage payments coming in.  Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel tasked with keeping an eye on how TARP funds have been spent, found in her April report that the foreclosure crisis remains a major cause of instability in economic recovery and major cause for concern going forward.  Warren’s report finds that the Home Affordable Modification Program, a part of TARP, has modified the mortgages of only 1,711 homeowners and has failed to address foreclosures caused by such factors as unemployment and negative equity.  If foreclosures are still problematic how confident can we be in a full recovery of the economy?



Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel; professor of law at Harvard University




2:06 – 2:30

More family time in America?

It seems counter intuitive but a new study reveals that Americans are actually spending more time with their family than they were just fifteen years ago. Has there been a cultural shift? Are we learning how to balance our professional and personal lives better?  Well now that weve sorted that out another study finds that kids primary wish isn’t for more time with their parents, its a desire for them to be less stressed out and tired. Jeez, theres no pleasing those little buggers. What now, it has to be quality over quantity? That might require a little more Starbucks, or wine, or both.



Valerie Ramey, professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego



  • She and her husband are the lead researchers on the study.


Betsey Stevenson, assistant professor of business & public policy at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School



  • She sees a rise in what she calls the hedonic marriage” in which couples share home and work responsibilities so they can spend more time together. 



Ellen Galinsky, president, Families and Work Institute in New York



  • Shes written more than forty books and reports including Ask The Children, the now-classic The Six Stages of Parenthood, and Mind in the Making, to be published by HarperStudio this month.


  • A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest professional group of early childhood educators and as a parenting expert for Lifetime Television



2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke takes on clean energy and job growth in a recovering economy

While the economy is beginning to recover, unemployment rates are still high – a challenge to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.  One of his jobs is to foster

growth, specifically by growing a green workforce and transitioning the nation to a low carbon economy. With these goals in mind, he’s participating today with Canadian Minister of Industry Tony Clement and Mexican Secretary of Economy Gerardo Ruiz at the University of San Diego in a conference on clean energy to promote North American cooperation, innovation, and competitiveness in the world markets. The Secretary joins Patt with his best ideas on clean energy and how the U.S. can create those much-needed jobs.



Gary Locke, United States Secretary of Commerce


  • Secretary Locke is participating today in the North American Competitiveness, Innovation and Clean Energy Conference 2010 at the University of San Diego,

Conference topics:

  • Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy
  • A 21st Century Green Energy Workforce
  • International Financing Briefing
  • Innovative Supply Chains and Improved Capacity
  • Border Efficiency Through Enhanced Infrastructure




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

Southern California Public Radio

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