Thursday, November 11, 2010

Patt Morrison for Friday, November 12, 2010


Friday, November 12, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Thad Allen’s encore; continuing to contain Deepwater

In nearly four decades of service, retired Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen has led the kind of career usually reserved for Hollywood movie military men. As commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Allen oversaw east coast maritime security on 9/11. In 2005, he spearheaded the federal response to Katrina. His leadership earned wide praise, and the Coast Guard emerged from the disaster as the rare agency to garner some respect for their relief work. This spring, Allen served as National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. And, like the action movie hero brought out of retirement, his expertise has outlived his military career. Now retired, Allen continues to serve, in a civilian capacity, as senior executive for the Homeland Security Secretary. It’s an uncanny repeat performance – same man, same Gulf, different disaster. The National Oil Spill Commission only presented its preliminary findings on Monday. With oil flow estimates underestimated and possibly suppressed, and with public outrage waning, where does Allen see his role in securing accountability from the offshore oil drilling industry and continuing to provide relief to a struggling Gulf coast?



Thad Allen, National Incident Commander of the BP Oil Spill, and retired 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard; senior fellow at RAND Corporation

Via ISDN from RAND

·        Thad Allen spent 39 in public service, rising to 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard

·        Oversaw all Coast Guard operations on the U.S. East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Great Lakes after 9/11

·        Earned public and political praise for Coast Guard’s handling of Katrina

·        Appointed National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Oil Spill

·        Retired in June but continues to serve the Obama administration’s handling of the Deepwater Oil spill, as the civilian senior executive under sect. Napolitano

·        The Deepwater Oil spill released 180-185 million gallons of oil into the gulf




2:06 – 2:30

Your child may be an honor student at such-and-such elementary but they are a dullard compared to those kids in Korea

The United States has been a power house of international policy and innovation since first establishing itself as free and independent nation. Our President is often referred to as the Leader of the Free World and our nation is the richest in the world. Rarely outspent on anything – only three countries spend more money annually, per student than the United States. And yet, the United States is failing when it comes to education. New analysis finds the U.S. ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing at a high level of accomplishment. Even when each state was studied as it’s own solitary entity, comparing say Montana to Thailand and California to the Czech Republic the states – united or alone – can’t keep up. So why is the U.S. performing so poorly? One of the authors of the first-ever comprehensive study comparing U.S. students to students in 56 other countries counts a deep-seated incapacity to bring students up to the highest level of accomplishment in math. What has to change is the U.S. is going to maintain national productivity?



Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and co-author of the report Math Performance in Global Perspective




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

She’s the writer behind When Harry Met Sally and Julie and Julia, but first she’s a woman. Writer/producer Nora Ephron follows up her last book I Feel Bad About My Neck: And other Thoughts on Being a Woman with I Remember Nothing, which delves into the issues many women deal with – from daily duties and money to romance and divorce. Ms. Ephron gives readers a hilarious glimpse at her own upbringing, divorces, and life as a successful, yet normal, woman. Patt sits down with Nora Ephron to find out what she does remember…



Nora Ephron, film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist & journalist; her new book is “I Remember Nothing”




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