Monday, November 15, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

1-3 p.m.







1:08:30 – 1:43




1:43 – 1:53:30

Unfolding the issues with Hugh Hefner

From Marilyn Monroe to the Girls Next Door – Hugh Hefner has been the silk robe behind many a sexual icon. He is known for his parties, his girlfriends, his fights with the FBI over obscenity charges, that melee with the Meese Commission and a load of other things. Hef has fought long and hard for Playboy and free speech since his magazine first hit the stands in 1953. His belief in the company has yet to go limp despite drooping profits. Though it seems Playboy Enterprises will be netting a loss of more than $50 million this year, Hefner came out last summer with a $123-million dollar bid to buy the outstanding shares of the company and as of today, that offer still stands. What Hefner may not be known for is his recent pledge of funding to save the Hollywood sign and his massive collection of art – now set to be auctioned off. Patt talks to the man that has been at the center of so many first amendment fights and his company’s prolonged endurance.


PATT – Hugh Hefner is being awarded the Award of Honor and the First Amendment Award during the West Coast center for renowned writers’ organization International PEN at its 20th Annual Literary Awards Festival tomorrow night at the Beverly Hills Hotel.



Hugh Hefner, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises




2:08:30 – 2:19:30

Lobbyists take on Financial Regulatory Reform

The U.S. economy is still reeling from the economic collapse—unemployment is high, banks have restricted their lending practices, retail sales are low and foreclosures are high.  There have been numerous investigations into what caused the meltdown and how to prevent another one.  Congress spent months putting together regulations aimed at preventing an economic disaster capable of wreaking havoc on the U.S. and world economy.  Given the great risk associated with financial markets left unchecked, it might be reasonable to expect government to keep a closer eye on Wall Street.  And yet lobbyists are lining up to pressure regulators to loosely interpret or weaken financial regulatory reforms.  They have filed numerous appeals and logged hundreds of meetings asking for exemptions from restrictions on the trading of derivatives to writing risky loans.  Is this a case of balancing competing interests or irresponsibility? Does Congress have the right to protect the financial markets from another economic collapse even if it means reigning in Wall Street, or will reigning in Wall Street have an impact on the economy?



Mary Bottari, director of the Real Economy Project at the Center for Media and Democracy



  • The Real Economy Project seeks to make economic and banking policy issues fun and understandable for the average American. It tracks unemployment and foreclosure numbers, as well as the amount of money the US government has given to bail out large financial institutions.


  • The Center for Media and Democracy is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, public interest organization that focuses on: Investigating and countering spin by corporations, industries, and government agencies; informing and assisting grassroots action that promotes public health, economic justice, ecological sustainability, human rights, and democratic principles; advancing transparency and media.

Bart Chilton, member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission



2:26 – 2:37




2:43 – 2:53

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

Are you tired of those Astroturf wing nuts? Let down by the Lame-stream media? Feel unseen by those pushing for Obama-care? Are you frustrated by Islamophobia? Man-up. Great Recession. Tea-Party. Grass Roots. Climate Change and Global Warming. Housekeeper-gate. Aqua Buddha. Shellacking. Calm down, we aren’t talking about the 2012 elections. This last mid-term election, just as much any, included a new vocabulary of terms and talking points. So what was some of the most effective language of this election cycle? Patt sits down with linguist George Lakoff for a teachable moment on political language.



George Lakoff, is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Political Mind, Don’t Think of an Elephant, Moral Politics, Whose Freedom, and Thinking Points — as well as many books on the brain, mind, and language.




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