Monday, June 7, 2010

Patt Morrison for June 7, 2010


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Google vs. Apple: how the Android will slay the mighty iPhone

The Apple iPhone 4 was released yesterday to the usual fanfare that comes with just about every Steve Jobs announcement:  the latest generation of iPhone gets more storage capacity, a thinner look, improved multimedia capabilities and other new toys, but the real story is that it might already be behind the curve.  That’s because the new Google “Android” operating system already has many of the iPhone 4’s features up and running, and is poised to surpass Apple as the second highest-selling mobile phone platform, behind Blackberry.  There is much more at stake then just cell phones, as these new computing platforms will quickly translate into laptops, tablet computers (like the iPad) and eventually smart, internet-connected TV’s.  While it all may seem like gadget porn for geeks, these new devices and software will soon be dominating your living room.  Will Apple or Google win control of your hearts and dollars, and what ever happened to Microsoft?






2:06 – 2:30

Spill-over: unintended consequences of an oil drilling moratorium & how to best clean up the Gulf

In a cruel twist of irony to an already cruel story, the Obama Administration’s offshore oil drilling six-month moratorium could end up hurting the very people and towns that it’s trying to save.  There is a growing campaign underway, led by the political leaders of the Gulf Coast, to push through new permits for shallow-water drilling off of the same beaches of Alabama, Louisiana and Florida that are now seeing tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon spill wash ashore.  The argument is that the economic damage from a drilling moratorium might be even worse than the loss of tourism dollars that the area is sure to see as the cleanup efforts from the Gulf oil spill continue.  Meanwhile the nascent cleanup continues and looks to places like the Persian Gulf and Prince William Sound in Alaska for lessons on how to best manage the spill and what kind of long-term ecological damage can be expected from massive oil spills.  Is the Gulf of Mexico destined to turn into a gigantic dead zone?



Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona’s 7th District; Chairman of the National Parks, Forests & Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources


Jim Adams, Regional Executive Director National Wildlife Federation

Alaska Regional Center - Anchorage, AK


Rick Steiner, Professor and Marine Conservation Specialist at University of Alaska (he is currently in the Gulf of Mexico)


Rep from the NOAA – National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration




2:30 – 2:58:30

This is your brain hooked on gadgets…ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssphht

Picture this: you’re at your kid’s baseball game and he’s up at bat, just as you get 15 new e-mails, a text message, and some Twitter updates. Do you watch him get a home run or do you check your iPhone? Researchers worry about this dilemma, which is plaguing millions of plugged-in gadget consumers. Though there are definite benefits to having access to a computer, studies have shown that the multitaskers who try to balance their laptop, cell phone and life are more stressed out and unable to focus than those rare non-multitaskers. Are your cell phones and laptops making you a less organized and productive person? Are all these technological advances really messing with your brain, or aren’t they?



Eyal Ophir, researcher in the Symbolic Systems Program in the Communication Between Humans & Interactive Media Lab at Stanford University




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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