Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1-3 p.m.

 

CALL-IN @ 866-893-5722, 866-893-KPCC; OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE ON THE PATT MORRISON BLOG AT KPCC-DOT-ORG

 

ALEX COHEN FILLS IN FOR PATT

 

1:06 – 1:30

Is the race card maxed out? The racial undertones of the Waters/Rangel ethics investigations

Since two long-standing members of Congress, Maxine Waters from Los Angeles and Charles Rangel of New York, have been formally charged with ethics violations there have been a lot of mixed messages coming from all interested parties in this politically charged cases.  On the record both Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Rangel have said that they welcome public trials and they do not see race as a motivating factor in the ethics investigations that were launched against them.  But the language hasn’t always been as clear—Rangel was quoted asking his supporters “to not leave him hanging in the wind,” a statement that has clear racial overtones and Waters, on Al Sharpton’s radio show, suggested that she was being punished for sticking up for black-owned banks.  Anonymously a member of the Congressional Black Caucus told Politico that there’s “a dual standard, one for most members and one for African Americans.”  So was race a factor in bringing ethics charges against Rangel and Waters?

 

Guests:

UNCONFIRMED

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-9th District of California; Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

 

Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP

 

 

1:30 - 1:47

OPEN

 

 

1:47:38 – 1:58:30

Gary Shteyngart has a "Super Sad True Love Story"

Love will keep us together, as our planet harbors on the brink of extinction.  That appears to be the message in Gary Shteyngart's latest novel, "Super Sad True Love Story," which follows Lenny Abramov in a future society where literacy is no longer essential, the rich and elite pay big money for immortality, and every human carries around a device that broadcasts their every thought and conversation.  Sure, these may sound like the extreme versions of illiteracy, our anti-aging quests, and Facebook and Twitter, but aside from the humorous and destructive aspects of Shteyngart's novel, it's an earnest tale of Lenny and Eunice, both born to immigrant parents and living in a strange, unstable world.  It begs the question, though, about our current society: could our penchant for credit cards, online relationships and "The Great Gatsby"-on-Kindle actually be driving us to destruction?  Or is this just the greatest satirist of our time’s take on our consumer-nation?

 

Guest:

Gary Shteyngart, born in Leningrad, he is the author of "The Russian Debutante's Handbook," "Absurdistan" and most recently, “Super Sad True Love Story”

ON TAPE

 

 

2:06 – 2:30

OPEN

 

 

2:30 – 2:58:30

Mary Roach “Packing for Mars: the curious science of life in the void”

Space may be the last frontier, but what intrigues us about this strange, quiet world?  It’s farther away than anything that we’ve ever known, but wouldn’t you start to miss the little things?  You can’t smell the start of spring in space, there’s no Chinese take-out, and you age faster.  But, then again, it’s also the coolest place you can ever be.  In her book “Packing for Mars,” Mary Roach sheds light on what goes on in space, from the unending boredom to the food and the difficult task of using the restroom.  Ever wondered what it would be like to live in space?  Call in with your questions about “life in the void.”

 

Guest:

Mary Roach, popular science writer, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, New Scientist and The New York Times; author of “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife”

IN-STUDIO

 

 

 

Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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