Thursday, September 9, 2010

Patt Morrison for Friday, September 10, 2010


Friday, September 10, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30

Did the U.S. overreact to 9/11?

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, challenged Americans with the fact that we’re not invulnerable.  With the vision of two collapsing World Trade Center towers seared into the national consciousness, our government took strong and swift security measures, launching counterattacks against al Qaeda that have grown more extensive in scope and cost billions since that date. Some argue we are safer now and it’s all been worth it, but others ask if we still need the continuing massive output of resources to combat what is arguably a diminished enemy.  What do you think… did the U.S. overreact to 9/11?



James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who since 1998, has covered national security and intelligence in the Washington bureau for the New York Times.  He is the author of the book “State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.”




1:30 - 1:52

Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future

Global climate change is among us whether we like it or not. But it’s not all gloom and doom – there is a way for society to adapt to environmental changes. Economic and environment expert Matthew Kahn argues that if we slowly change out behaviors and surroundings, we’ll surely make it though the heat. In his new book Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in a Hotter Future, he takes readers on a tour through some of the world’s largest metropolitan cities explaining what they might look and be like in the future. Patt talks to Matthew Kahn to get his point of view on our not so distant future.



Matthew E. Kahn, professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, in the Departments of Economics & Public Policy; author of “Climatopolis:  How our cities will thrive in the hotter world”




1:52 – 1:58:30

Multi-American – new KPCC blog debuts online

KPCC welcomes Multi-American, a new Southern California Public Radio blog covering immigration, immigrant communities, and the distinct cultural influences across generations that make Southern California a region like no other. Our goal is to explore Southern California’s evolving identity as a place where the cultural landscape is constantly being shaped and reshaped by immigrants, their children and grandchildren, with each new generation contributing its own brand of American identity to the mix. We’ll report on the immigration debate, and on the policies and politics that affect Southern California residents as they play out in their communities, but also something broader: on immigration as a topic that defines our regional identity. What New York was to the 19th century, Southern California is to the 21st. This is the landscape we’ll be exploring.


Leslie Berenstein-Rojas, KPCC’s immigration reporter/blogger




2:06 – 2:30




2:30 – 2:58:30

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

An appeals court ruled yesterday to resume federal funding of embryonic stem cell research after U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued a preliminary order barring the funding on Aug. 23.  But that’s short-lived condolence to research scientists caught in a legal battle that is only just beginning; The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suspended funding of new research projects after the August ruling and is unlikely to resume funding for the hard to start-then-stop projects until a final ruling is made.  Patt talks about the ruling with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who faced heated opposition when President Obama selected him in 2009 to defend before Congress the government funding of 20,000 scientists and 325,000 outside researchers.  At issue were Dr. Collins’ Christian beliefs, which place him in a 7% minority of National Academy of Science members who believe in God, but as a former atheist and director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Collins is not one to be pigeon-holed.  While he’s long opposed the creation of embryos for the purpose of research, he feels it is morally wasteful not to take advantage of hundreds of thousands of embryos created for in-vitro fertilization and ultimately are disposed of anyway.



Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and former director of the Human Genome Project; he also the author of “The Language of God” and “The Language of Life”




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