Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, September 16, 2010


Thursday, September 16, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:00 – 1:20



1:20 – 1:40

Could sports related brain trauma be related to suicide?

Twenty-one-year-old University of Pennsylvania lineman Owen Thomas, who had no previous history of depression, hanged himself in his apartment in April. But why? An autopsy report revealed that Thomas' brain tissue showed signs of early development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), a disease marked by depression and poor impulse control that has been primarily seen in NFL players (two of whom also committed suicide). So could Thomas' C.T.E. have contributed to his suicide? Researchers at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy are studying the disease in professional athletes, and until this point, have only seen one other clear case of C.T.E. in a non-NFL athlete. C.T.E. is linked to repetitive brain trauma, but its exact causes are unknown - Thomas' case could create more attention. So how does it all work and could other players be at risk? Head trauma in basketball players is also more prevalent; could C.T.E. become an issue there as well? Patt talks to the experts.






1:40 – 2:00

Tim Gunn’s golden rules for making it work, even off the runway

Attention designers!  As any “Project Runway” fan will agree, Tim Gunn is practically the fairy godfather of the fashion world—always with a kind word, a tender tailoring tip, a safety pin, Gunn seemingly floats through the show designers’ workshop, anointing each garment-under-construction with praise or an appeal to “make it work.”  His groupies may regard him as a fashion god, but Gunn thinks of himself more as an educator, which he was, at Parsons New School of Design for a quarter of a century.  Now as the creative director for the Liz Claiborne Company, Gunn looks back with his ever urbane, sharp eye on the last several decades of fashion and shares his golden rules for making it work.  Patt’s happy to kick off this interview by asking Tim Gunn what he’s wearing…



Tim Gunn, judge on Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” former teacher and administrator at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.  He's the creative director and "brand ambassador" for the Liz Claiborne company and his new book is “Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work”


2:00 – 2:40




2:40 – 3:00

TitleWave: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

“What about those cloth diapers? Worth the bother? And was it true that you could still get milk delivered in glass bottles? Were the Boy Scouts OK politically? Was bulgur really necessary? Where to recycle batteries? How to respond when a poor person of color accused you of destroying her neighborhood? Was it true that the glaze of old Fiestaware contained dangerous amounts of lead? How elaborate did a kitchen water filter actually need to be? Did your Volvo 240 sometimes not go into overdrive when you pushed the overdrive button? Was it better to offer panhandlers food, or nothing? Was it possible to raise unprecedentedly confident, happy, brilliant kids while working full-time?” Those are some of the questions Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, raises in his new, widely praised novel Freedom, a portrait of the contemporary white, middle-American family over the course of generations and an examination of life in a post-9/11 world.  It’s been hard to miss the buzz around Freedom, which has unofficially become the next Great American Novel and landed Franzen on the cover of TIME magazine, but Patt manages to ask some unasked and perhaps unanswerable questions. 



Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections




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