Monday, September 27, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

A World Without Islam

Pearl Harbor led to the internment of thousands of Japanese-American citizens. The 9/11 terror attacks have led to some outspoken Americans distrusting (and in some cases heatedly protesting the presence of) an entire religion. Some may argue that a world without Islam would be a better place, one free of suicide bombings, extremism, and religious warring. But former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, Graham E. Fuller, argues that even if Islam had never come to be, the Crusades still would have happened, Eastern Orthodox Christianity would likely have risen to more prominence and instead clashed with Western Christianity, and suicide bombings would still occur. So what would a world without Islam really be like? Graham E. Fuller discusses his book, A World Without Islam.


Guests: Graham E. Fuller, former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, author A World Without Islam




2:06 – 2:19

Is Global Warming threatening our seas?

Scientists fear wide-spread die-offs of the world’s coral reefs is an early indicator of the effects of Global Warming on the planet.   The extreme heat is causing the reefs to go into a severe state of stress which causes them to shed their color, or bleach.  This is the alarm bell that causes scientists to worry.  Die-offs pose a real threat to the ocean’s delicate ecosystem and could threaten the fisheries that feed millions of people.  This is only the second time in history scientists have seen coral reefs around the world shed their color. The first time was in 1998, the hottest year on record, when a record 16 percent of coral reefs around the world died.   So how scared should we be and what does this mean for the world’s oceans?



Clive Wilkinson, director of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, an organization in Australia that is tracking the phenomenon



·        Clive Wilkinson is the Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network that operates in more than 80 countries and publishes the ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World’ reports every 2 years. These reports have appeared in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and the latest in 2008 reported that we have lost 19% of our reefs due mostly to human damage; with a further 35% seriously threatened in the next few decades. These predictions do not consider climate change which looms as the greatest threat to the future of coral reefs.


·        He was the Chair of the United Nations Global Task Team on the Implications of Global Climate Change and Coral Reefs from 1991 to 1995 and co-authored the definitive report on climate change and reefs in 1994.




2:21 – 2:30





2:30 – 2:58:30

Down-and-out in LA—new poverty numbers show the pain

The new 2009 Census numbers on poverty in Los Angeles County are out and they show the real world impact of the recession on residents’ lives. The federal numbers, released weeks ago, depicted a dire picture of an overall rise in the number of people living in poverty across the nation, and particularly here in California. Will the numbers for Los Angeles be equally as disturbing? One L.A. group that confronts issues related to poverty everyday crunched the numbers and gives us a snap shot of what it’s like to be down-and-out in Los Angeles.



Carolina Briones, Research Director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy:



Marco Frausto, President, Ironworkers Local



  • Marco can talk about the fact that his local, which represents several thousand construction workers from here to Las Vegas, has 50% unemployment and workers who are living in cars, losing homes, and even committing suicide over how dire the economic situation is.





Jonathan Serviss

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