Thursday, May 13, 2010

Patt Morrison for Friday, May 14, 2010


Friday, May 14, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:39

To infinity and beyond! JPL hosts its annual Open House this Saturday

Space is such a mystery, especially to the non-science folk. But every year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites the public to get a close-up view of its past, present and future when it holds its Open House. This year’s theme is “Worlds Beyond” and features displays and demonstrations from various space missions. Two of the major attractions will be the JPL-constructed Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 retrieved from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope last year and JPL’s next spacecraft being sent to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory. Science, activities and fun for all!


The 2010 JPL Open House will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, 2010



John Trauger, NASA’s principal investigator for the Wide-field and Planetary 2 Camera for the Hubble Telescope



  • Mr. Trauber has worked on the Hubble Telescope camera project for over 20 years.
  • He can also talk about the highlights of the open house exhibits.




1:41 – 1:58:30

@Betty White and hipster culture

Think the most cutting hipsters are in Silverlake? Think again. From sending up an obscene Twitter maelstrom to taking up DJing as a fifth career—fully bedecked in studded headphones and tracksuit—to killing on Saturday Night Live, septuagenarians are giving Lohan and Kardashian 20-somethings a run for their money, or social cachet.  What explains such a youth-obsessed society making the turnaround?  Could a new generation that actually looks up to their elders be re-envisioning grandma’s public role in society?  Or has a naturally-aged person become an exotic creature in a wasteland of facelifts and chemical peels?  Is what’s old just kind of…cool?



Tricia Romano, author of “Hipster culture is having a senior moment”




2:06 – 2:19

Get ready film buffs – the 63rd Cannes Film Festival has begun

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday and will run through the 23rd. This year’s line-up seems to be less star-studded than in years past, featuring more emerging filmmakers from around the world. But the jury has some big names, including American director Tim Burton, who is this year’s president of the jury, Benicio del Toro, and Kate Beckinsale. Patt gets the latest news from the festival and brings it straight to you.



Sharon Waxman, editor-in-chief of, from the Cannes Film Festival




2:21 – 2:39

Feeling California’s pain: The dreaded May budget revision is here

Even as the Legislature and the governor were patting themselves on the back for, in theory, closing the last $20 billion budget deficit, even the most optimistic among them had to realize that another day of reckoning would soon be coming.  That day is here as the painful budget process starts anew today when the governor presents his May budget revision that promises drastic cuts to state government programs.  Various court rulings against the last budget agreement have forced the state to unwind the roughly $2.4 billion in cuts approved by the governor and Legislature earlier this year, and tax projections were off by almost $3 billion for April, killing any progress made on the revenue front.  That combination has essentially brought the state right back to where it was a year ago and this time the budget pain promises to be unsparing.  How much is left to cut and will California be a shadow of its former self?



Julie Small, KPCC Sacramento reporter



Frank Stoltze, KPCC Criminal Justice reporter



Matt David, communications director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger




2:41 – 2:58:30

California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts

California’s Healthy Families program provides state sponsored low-cost insurance for children teens and pregnant mothers, filling a vital gap in insurance coverage for families that are low income but do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal coverage.  The CalWORKS program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with children who are at the poverty level.  Both of these social welfare programs, and dozens more like them, make up the vital safety net for the most vulnerable Californians and have been especially crucial for families caught in the recession of the past two years.  Both programs could be eliminated outright in the Governor’s May budget revision, as the state tries once more to close a budget gap of at least $20 billion.  Where will the most needy Californians turn when the social safety net is pulled out from under them?



Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California



Phil Ansell, assistant director of L.A. County Department of Public Social Services; oversees L.A. County's CalWORKs Division




Jonathan Serviss

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