Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, September 23, 2010


Thursday, September 23, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

Whats you’re favorite chocolate desert?  I love that restauraunt!   If the previous statements didn’t anger you, than maybe a Typo Correction Kit is your ticket to proper grammer… uh, grammar.  We see them everyday: misspelled words, unnecessary apostrophes, and verb confusion.  While some typos may be small (Congradulations!), there are some that are just plain sad, such as the typo by a NASA programmer that resulted in the Mariner 1 plunging into the ocean, rather than traveling to Venus.  Most people aren’t fazed by these errors, but to Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, these common typos are cause for great concern, prompting them to set out on a mission to find and correct these errors. “The Great Typo Hunt” chronicles their encounters with over four hundred errors and their attempts to right some two hundred wrongs, a quest that, in one instance, got them in trouble with the law.  Why do we make these mistakes?  Poor education, language barriers, or just plain old carelessness?  And really, do we care enough to watch what we write? 

(FYI: all typos are intentional. Really.)


PATT: Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson will be reading and signing their book tomorrow night at Vroman’s Bookstore at 7 p.m.



Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson, co-authors of The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time and founders of TEAL, the Typo Eradication Advancement league.




2:06 – 2:19




2:21 – 2:39

Men are from that angry red planet and women are from that sad blue one

A wide range of polls are turning up some interesting findings about the sexes in this election season, mainly that men are fighting-mad about the economy, while women are depressed and unenthusiastic.  Pollsters are already projecting that that burning ball of fire in men’s guts will drive them to the polls come November, while women’s sense of hopelessness over current politics will keep them at home.  Considering the age-old trope that men generally tend to vote Republican while their female counterparts favor Democrats, what could these numbers be foreshadowing for an election season already chalked up to be a referendum on incumbents?  And will the men, a majority of who voted Democrat in 2008—the first time that’s happened since 1992, have a change of heart?



Nate Silver, founder of blog, a website that collects and analyzes trends in political polling


TBA, political science/ gender studies professor




2:41 – 2:58:30

Take your best shot: what would you ask Barbara Boxer & Carly Fiorina?

On September 29th KPCC will host the second and, ostensibly, final debate between Senate candidates Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, hosted by Patt and La Opinion’s Gabriel Lerner.  Since we can’t have a live audience in front of the candidates we want to hear from you now about what questions you would put to the Democrat Boxer and the Republican Fiorina.  Immigration is a hot issue, but would you rather hear about a path to citizenship or border security?  Which foreign affairs issue is the most pressing:  managing the war in Afghanistan or containing a potentially nuclear Iran?  Now is your chance to plant a few questions in the ears of our debaters and if you really blow us away your question could end up being presented to Boxer and/or Fiorina.  It’s your turn to play moderator, give it your best shot!



Gabriel Lerner, metro editor of La Opinion; co-moderator of the KPCC Boxer-Fiorina debate





Jonathan Serviss

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