Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, December


Thursday, December 9, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

A Rope and a Prayer – terror with the Taliban

Two years ago, New York Time correspondent David Rohde was kidnapped by the Taliban. In A Rope and a Prayer (Viking), he recalls his seven months of captivity. Held for ransom, not politics, Rohde became the first American to witness the flourishing terrorist ministate inside Pakistan. Throughout his ordeal, Rohde’s wife Kristen Mulvihill faced a parallel nightmare of misinformation and thwarted hopes. After Rohde’s daring escape, the couple pieced together exactly what role Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence played in assisting his captors. A Rope and a Prayer probes the kidnapping from both sides, offering a unique perspective on a unique story.




David Rohde & Kristen Mulvihill, authors of A Rope and A Prayer



  • David Rohde is the winner of two Pulitzer prizes in journalism, a reporter for the new York Times, and the author of Endgame:  The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica.
  • Kristin Mulvihill is a painter and illustrator and most recently was the photography director of Cosmopolitan magazine.



2:06 – 2:19

Is a chance to save the rainforests within reach?

Cancun, Mexico is the epicenter for major negotiations that could impact the fate of tropical forests in Latin America, Asia and Africa.   World leaders and environmental organizations are right now meeting at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish the conditions by which developing countries could receive financial incentives to keep their forests in tact rather than destroy them to make room for cattle crazing or farm land.  The goal is to curb the effects of green house gas emission while at the same time protecting the diversity of the world’s tropical forests.  There are lots of questions about how the details of any program coming out of Mexico this week will work whether it includes carbon credits or pledges of support by richer nations.   The U.N. will have some cultural hurtles to climb as well. Bolivia, for example, has vowed to kill the program because it utilizes a capitalistic approach to solving the problem.   I guess money can’t buy everything. 



Fred Boltz, Senior Vice President for Global Strategies, Conservation International. He is leading Conservation International’s delegation at the UN climate talks in Cancun.



  • Conservation International is a science-based NGO which works with partners in about 40 countries around the world.


  • Boltz has a Ph.D. in natural resource economics, has nearly 20 years of experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has learned six languages—English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Malagasy, and Chinese.



Tim Wirth, U.N. Foundation President



2:21 – 2:30

California considers cap-and-trade options, report finds they’ll have little impact

California has long pioneered the nation in environmental regulation—even suing the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2007 to allow the state to abide by its own auto emission regulations. Californians recently reaffirmed their pioneering spirit by rejecting Prop 23, which would have dismantled parts of AB 32, the legislation that will bring California into near compliance with the provisions of the international Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. chose not to sign on for.  Coming off a week of climate change talks at the COP 16 summit in Cancun, Patt takes a look at the environmental policy changes in our own backyard, specifically the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) scheduled vote next week on a greenhouse gas emissions trading program.  A new report out today by the nonpartisan research organization Next 10 finds the economic impact of nearly any cap-and-trade plan on California’s economy will be minor.  




Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB)


Adam Rose, research professor at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development where he focuses on the economics of energy and climate change policy. He was one of the lead authors of Next 10’s report looking at potential greenhouse gas emissions trading programs in California


  • Adam studied the cost of giving away pollution allowance permits versus selling them; the impact on large industrial facilities; options for returning the value of pollution allowances to households
  • Overall, found the whole concept will not have a huge impact on the CA economy.



2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews

In 2008, Christian Lander started the blog Stuff White People Like. Since then, the site has exploded to over 71 million hits, and Lander has written a New York Times bestselling book by the same title. Lander returns with a new book, Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews. Just like Stuff White People Like, Lander’s latest book includes more hilarious observations of white culture, this time divided into geographical locations and cities across the U.S. and even some in Canada. Christian Lander stops by the studio to discuss his observations of white culture across the country.



Christian Lander, author of the original blog “Stuff White People Like” and the book, “Whiter Shades of Pale”




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

Southern California Public Radio

NPR Affiliate for Los Angeles

89.3 KPCC-FM | 89.1 KUOR-FM | 90.3 KPCV-FM

626.583.5171, office

415.497.2131, mobile /


No comments: