Friday, June 18, 2010

Patt Morrison for Monday, June 21, 2010


Monday, June 21, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

From the oil-slicked shores of the Gulf to the halls of the Senate, fixing & learning from the BP disaster

When President Obama spoke to the nation last Thursday with an update on his efforts to plug the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and on his plans for a new energy policy born out of this ecological disaster, he left much to be desired for both his friends and his critics.  Where was the call for an energy “Manhattan Project” that would finally drive this country firmly toward alternative energy sources?  Where was the invitation for any and all creative ideas to, in the words of our frustrated President, “plug the damn hole?”  While President Obama was short on details and inspirational words in his speech, others are trying to seize the moment to turn the Gulf’s devastation into something more positive for the rest of the country.  From legislative efforts to repeal tax breaks for oil companies and incentivize alternative energy production to attempts to implement new safety regulations for oil drilling, something good just might come from this BP-generated mess.  What can be learned from our never-ending oil spill?





Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont


Iraj Ershaghi, director of petroleum engineering at USC


Rich Steiner, professor of marine conservation at the University of Alaska; currently in the Gulf of Mexico helping clean-up efforts



2:06 – 2:30

Obama administration to sue Arizona over anti-immigration law

Secretary of state Hilary Clinton let it slip a few weeks ago that the federal government plans to take Arizona to court over the constitutionality of its anti-illegal immigrant law.  How far is the Obama administration willing to wade into the issue?  Obama also pledged set a date to meet with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to hash out the logistics of sending 1,200 additional National Guard troops to the Arizona-U.S. border, after being criticized for not taking faster action after his meeting with Brewer two weeks ago.  The law, which would require police investigating another incident or crime to check the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally, is set to go into effect in about a month.  Where does immigration reform legislation stand and what can we expect to see in the next month?






2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

“Every man in this village is a liar” - journalist Megan Stack on her time in Afghanistan, Pakistan in

It was a dream of an opportunity for Megan Stack.  In September 2001, she was 25-years-old, vacationing in Paris and a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.  After the 9/11 attacks, Stack was quickly made foreign correspondent and transported to Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Her initial excitement, though, quickly turned to disgust as she learned of the destruction of war and the deaths of people she interviewed or trusted.  Stack reported from the frontlines for seven years, witnessing the capture of Saddam Hussein, the powerful grip of radical Islam, and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Her book “Every man in this village is a liar” traces her journey through war-ravaged Afghanistan and her harrowing experiences as both a journalist and a woman.



Megan K. Stack, Moscow Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times; recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle award for best newspaper reporting from abroad; finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting




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