Monday, September 20, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Putting the freak into economics, “Freakonomics” hits the big screen

The book that redefined how many people look at studies and statistics has been made into a must-see documentary.  Freakonomics exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions.  The topics are as diverse and original as the range of directors who've taken a stab at depicting them, everything from Sumo Wrestling, baby names, crime-rates in the ‘90s to students exchanging grades for cash.  Economic theory can explain, and often predict, how the world goes round and what public policy approaches to some of the most vexing issues of our country have the best chances at success.  Can bribery be a force for good?  Does your name decide your destiny?



Morgan Spurlock, one of the directors of the new documentary “Freakonomics”; director of “Super Size Me,” “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden” and more





2:06 – 2:30

Dear drug cartels: please stop shooting our reporters. Signed, Mexico’s journalists

Ciudad Juarez, a city of roughly 1.5 million people a stone’s throw across the border from El Paso, Texas, has endured at least 1,700 murders so far this year.  One of the latest victims was a 21-year-old photographer for the Juarez daily newspaper El Diario who was gunned down while sitting in his car outside a shopping mall. It was the second murder of an El Diario reporter in two years. In an unprecedented move, the newspaper released an editorial talking directly to the violent drug cartel, “You are, at present, the de facto authorities in this city," the newspaper's letter to the cartels said, "because the legal institutions have not been able to keep our colleagues from dying." The newspaper has promised to not write about the drug cartel anymore, seeming to succumb to the threats of the oppressors. How is a newspaper supposed to operate in what is essentially a war zone, and what can American authorities do to assist a clearly overwhelmed Mexican government in the face of such brazen violence?



Pedro Torres Estrada, assistant editorial manager for El Diario newspaper in Juarez, Mexico




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Mel Brooks, this is your life!

Blazing Saddles, Get Smart, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, History of the World Part I, Spaceballs….the list is as expansive as any other auteur who has ever operated in Hollywood.  It goes without saying that Mel Brooks is a legend, but what would he have done differently?  What shot in what film didn’t go exactly as he had planned?  Were the fart sound effects in Blazing Saddles containing the right kind of resonance?  These are the kinds of questions that you could be putting to Mel himself at a special benefit event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where Mel will sit for an extended Q-and-A.  You can see a screen legend in the flesh next week, but you can first talk to him here on KPCC.


PATT:  Mel will be featured at a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society next Monday, September 27th at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood starting at 7:30pm.  The event is an interview with Mel and then an extended Q-and-A w/the audience.  Tickets & information at the Society website,



Mel Brooks, director, screenwriter, composer, comedian, actor, lyricist & producer




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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