Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, August 5, 2010


Thursday, August 5, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Hold the motherhood, please: the increasing trend of childless women

In the 1970's, one-in-ten women opted not to have a child.  Today, that number is one-in-five.  There is nothing too revolutionary about the trend - fewer women of all socioeconomic backgrounds and most educational levels are deciding not to have children with one notable exception: women with advanced degrees.  They are still in a group less likely to have children, but that trend seems to be changing.  In 2008, 24% of women in their early to mid-forties were childless.   In 1994, that percentage was 31%.  Why are well-educated woman deciding to buck the trend and have kids?  And what are the long-term demographic implications of more childless women?  



D’Vera Cohn, co-author, Pew Research Center’s new report on Childlessness in America.



Lynn Casper, professor of Sociology, University of Southern California




2:06 – 2:30

Republicans push review of 14th Amendment to curb “birthright citizenship”

In the latest development in the immigration debate, Republicans are touting the idea of revisiting the 14th Amendment—the one adopted in 1868 and originally intended to reverse the Dred Scott case that denied citizenship to African- Americans.  Since then, the Amendment has been interpreted to mean that children born in the United State have an inherent right to American citizenship.  But now Republicans like Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) are calling for hearings to review that constitutional right.  They claim modern times, with its global warming, more dynamic transportation and squeeze on resources, mandates a review.  While it may seem strange coming from a party that usually backs a strict interpretation of the constitution, is this a viable political endeavor or election-year antics at the expense of children?




Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Writer with the Washington Post



Ryan Hecker, Director of the Houston Tea Party Society & one of the organizers of the Contract from America



  - Patt, since you last talked with Ryan in April about the Contract from America, over 250 candidates have signed


Kevin Johnson, Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicano Studies at the University of California Davis; he specializes in Immigration Law and Policy




2:30 – 2:39

Brian Cox explores the "Wonders of the Solar System"

We may be awestruck by the beauty of the Amazon or the power of the ocean, but nothing can compare to the wonders of the universe.  In the new Discovery series “The Wonders of the Solar System,” physicist Brian Cox explores the infinite and beautiful solar system, where the sun can wipe out the Earth in one full, solar swoop to the volcanoes that spew ice, not fire.  We may think we’re alone in this universe, with our buildings, iPhones and natural disasters, but what about the thunderstorms on Jupiter or the tornadoes that might have formed our solar system?  Patt talks with Brian Cox about the new series that illuminates the mysteries of the last frontier and the technology that’s bringing far-off planets and universes to our computer screens.



Brian Cox, physicist and host of the new Discovery series “Wonders of the Solar System” and author most recently




2:41 – 2:58:30

The whole (grain) truth: Wheat is making more dough than white

Pigs aren’t flying and hell hasn’t frozen over yet, but for the first time ever, Americans are spending more money on wheat bread than white.  Change has finally arrived. Coupled with coy marketing and a society obsessed with the idea of healthy eating, white bread is now the odd man out.  And it seems that consumers don’t mind paying more if it’s perceived to benefit their health.  Now there still are those die-hard supporters who would rather starve then substitute that Wonder bread in their PB&J, but the sales increase in the more expensive wheat bread is astonishing.  Think fast: what’s your bread of choice and how much does health-based marketing affect you?   



Sasha Strauss, Founder of Innovation Protocol, a management consulting firm focused on brand marketing; he also teaches and lectures on brand marketing at USC, UCLA, and UC Irvine




Jonathan Serviss

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