Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, November 11, 2010


Thursday, November 11, 2010

1-3 p.m.






1:08:15 – 1:53

The Splendid Table for the holidays

The holidays are upon us, and religious differences aside, people can usually agree on one thing – food is delicious, and holiday food takes the cake (no pun intended). Holiday cooking is about creating a treat for your taste buds, but it can also be about bringing family and friends together to prepare and then devour a meal. So what are your favorite holiday meals? The Splendid Table’s host Lynne Rossetto stops by the studio dishes to Patt (okay… pun intended) about holiday food preparation, appreciation, and culture. Tune in for ideas and to share your favorite recipes.



Lynne Rosetto Kasper, host of “The Splendid Table” on American Public Media, heard on more than 200 public radio stations nationwide




2:08:30 – 2:19:30

Grabbing onto the 3rd rail with both hands, Obama debt commission takes on Social Security

It was never going to pretty and it was always going to be tough to swallow, but as the first draft of the report from the presidential commission on debt reduction was released it has become clear just how difficult it will be to erase $4 trillion in debt.  Social Security, in particular, presents a complicated challenge to the President Obama and Congress and the commission did not shy away from making tough recommendations on cutting costs to the program:  reducing benefits and raising the retirement age, as well as setting limits on Medicare coverage and cutting payments to drugmakers, all made the draft report.  Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont argues that it’s “reprehensible” to ask working Americans to stay in the workforce longer to earn smaller benefits, blaming deficits on massive tax cuts and two expensive wars.  Is there any way to cut the national debt without touching America’s political third rail?



Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; member of the Senate Committees on the Budget, Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, among many others



Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; former deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration in the Bush Administration




2:26 – 2:37

California’s broken record plays on: 2011’s projected $25.4 billion deficit

In 2007 California stared down a $14 billion budget deficit; in 2008 the deficit hit $18 billion; in 2009 it jumped to $24 billion; and by this year we were attempting to close a relatively manageable $19 billion deficit.  Every year the budget was way overdue and every year the governor and legislature cobbled together a flimsy mix of spending cuts, some well hidden tax increases and accounting gimmicks that papered over another year of deficits, and every year the state’s political leadership seemed like they were right back at square one when the fiscal year end rolled around in June.  History is repeating itself once again at the Legislative Analyst Office is projecting California’s deficit for 2011 will be $25.4 billion, which is twice as large as officials were expecting.  With a new governor taking office and an economy that could improve somewhat over the course of the next year, is there any reason to hope that California’s broken record won’t keep on playing the same terrible song?



Jean Ross, executive director, California Budget Project




2:43 – 2:53

Children of Soldiers

According to a study by the RAND Corporation nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan — report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression but a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that the children of these soldiers are also suffering. The study shows that the child of a parent that is deployed in the military is 11% more likely to visit the doctor for a mental or behavioral problem than they are when their military parent is home from duty. The most common mental complaints? – stress, anxiety and attention deficit. Michelle Obama was recently in California bringing attention to the issues that so many military families face and calling the American people to action saying, “These women and men -- they are heroes and it’s time that we recognize the challenges they face and the obstacles they overcome and the contributions they make.” What are the needs of these children and are these needs being met?



Dr. Gregory H. Gorman, Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of Health Services and one of the authors of the study.




Jonathan Serviss

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