Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

NY passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights – is CA next?

There are hundreds of thousands “domestic laborers” hard at work in the households of Los Angeles, and all of them should be looking east to New York with great interest.  Yesterday New York Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers’ Rights bill into law providing the 270,000 domestic workers in NY with more rights and protection than anywhere else in the nation. New York may be leading the way but the Golden State isn’t far behind. What is in the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (CDWBR) and who exactly is included under the umbrella term? We discuss what happens in the often isolated domestic worker industry, why these workers are not protected by the National Labor Relations Act and who enforces the law if the bill does pass here.






1:41 – 1:58:30

What do you get when you mix private funds with public funds? A big mess as the CSU system is finding out...

After the recent controversy surrounding Sarah Palin's $75,000 bill for her CSU Stanislaus fundraising speech, it seems the entire CSU system has mixed public and private funds so much that it can no longer tell which is which. Critics have long suspected that CSU officials have used foundations as a way to spend without having to deal with public scrutiny. The chief financial officer admits that the comingled funds are a problem but insists there were no malicious or shady dealings taking place. So what is the real story, and how easy will it be for CSU officials to sort through the financial stew?



Claudia Keith, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Public Affairs, California State University



Leland Yee, California State Senator, Democrat from the San Francisco/San Mateo area

He has sponsored a bill that would require foundations and auxiliary organizations linked to public institutions to comply with the California Public Records Act.




2:06 – 2:30

Hurricane Katrina’s long legacy

Much of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans have come back from the brink of disaster in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, but part of the damage is still evident.  This is especially clear in the Lower 9th Ward, where only about a quarter of the 5,400 homes there before the storm have been rebuilt. In 2006, Douglas Brinkley, who was teaching at the University of New Orleans in 2005, wrote a singular book about the storm, “The Great Deluge:  Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” and he joins us with a look back at the problems and progress of rebuilding.



Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and Professor of History at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

TitleWave: “Garden State” author Rick Moody on his new novel “The Four Fingers of Death”

Garden State author Rick Moody joins Patt with his new novel The Four Fingers of Death about, well, husbands and wives, death and dying, astronauts and a lone human arm missing its middle finger, which is the only thing to return to earth from a mission to mars.  It’s a bit unclear.  Told as a series of blog posts by astronaut Jed Edwards while on a mission to mars gone disastrously wrong—and including an expansive (and messy) zero-gravity sex scene—the story follows the four fingered arm that may hold the secret to reanimation or may simply be an infectious killing machine.  Commenting on everything from NAFTA’s economic impact to steroid use among professional baseball players, the corroding effects of the Internet and the increasingly crass entertainment industry, this is high satire.  As one reviewer put it, Moody “takes the inane and makes it sincere”—it’s unclear what’s inane about this B-movie-style space opera-novel, but that’s what he’ll explain.  Selected by the New Yorker as one of its original “20 under 40” writers to watch, 48 year-old Moody is back with his first novel in 5 years.



Rick Moody, author of Garden State (1992), The Diviners (2005) and most recently The Four Fingers of Death (2010)





Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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