Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

1-3 p.m.






1:08:00 – 1:37

The strange trip of Sen. Roy Ashburn, from conservative to gay rights advocate

Nearly 3 months ago California State Senator Roy Ashburn made headlines after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after leaving a gay club and now the previously closeted Senator is garnering attention for changing his staunch anti gay-rights approach. Last Thursday Senator Ashburn voted for the measure to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and he has recently begun meeting with California’s largest gay rights group, Equality California. Do the soon to be termed out Senator’s newly voiced opinions still represent his constituents?



State Senator Roy Ashburn, R-18th Senate District of California

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1:42 - 1:53:30

The US Justice Department is not prepared for a WMD attack

The Justice Department is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the federal response to a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) attack, either from a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon.  And yet it appears the department is failing to uphold its duty to adequately prepare for large scale and unimaginable disaster. A bipartisan commission gave the department an “F” grade for failing to prepare for a biological attack back in January and yesterday the agency’s inspector general report noted that the department is “not prepared to fulfill its role.”   The reported chided the department for neglecting to have an operational response plan or being prepared to provide training.  The DOJ Inspector General said it is “critical” that the department get a handle on the situation and establish a plan.  It’s 2010, nine years after 9/11, why isn’t the department prepared?



Glenn Fine, DOJ Inspector General


Dr. Graham Allison, Director, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

  • For the past three decades, Dr. Allison has been a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy with a special interest in terrorism.


Former Rep. Timothy Roemer, President, Center for National Policy.

  • Mr. Roemer represented Indiana for 12 years and helped sponsor the 9/11 Commission




2:08 – 2:19


Breast cancer vaccine … a breakthrough or a false hope?

"We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases. If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental. We could eliminate breast cancer."  So says Vincent Tuohy, the immunologist who led research resulting in a vaccine that has prevented breast cancer from developing in mice. It will be many years down the road and many research dollars will have to be spent before we know if the vaccine will live up to the initial expectations. We talk with Dr. Tuohy about his findings. 



Vincent Tuohy (TOO-ee), the study’s principal investigator and an immunologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute Department of Immunology



2:26 – 2:52

From Basque shepherd to Bantu warrior, a journalist ventures deep into his family’s origins

Delving into your family origins can be exciting or even shocking. For Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Mozingo, it was the latter.  He set out to trace his father’s lineage and the origin of “Mozingo” and discovered something rather surprising.  Instead of the Italian or French Basque origins for his family name, intensive genealogical searches showed the actual origin of his family: Africa.  Mozingo’s ancestor, an indentured servant living in Virginia in the 1600s, started an intricate lineage that has been in the United States for 293 years.  The mystery that long shrouded the true family tree of the Mozingos lays with 200-year old census and court case records, that show how his ancestor was among the few to win freedom in the courts. But within his journey for answers, he unearthed complex emotions towards race and slavery within his own family and other relatives living in the U.S.  Mozingo shares his genealogy and experiences in three part series in the Los Angeles Times.



Joe Mozingo, LA Times staff writer who for more than a year traveled across the country meeting other Mozingos and researching his ancestry in courthouses and libraries and online.





Jonathan Serviss

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