Thursday, December 2, 2010

RE: Patt Morrison for Thursday, 12/2/2010


Friday, December 3, 2010

1-3 p.m.




1:00 – 1:30



1:30 – 2:00

Why can’t I get a veggie dog at Dodger Stadium?

There is nothing better than a hot dog and a beer at a baseball game, right? It’s become an American tradition, but does it need to change? No one wants to take away the greasy fries and nachos that are practically omnipresent at big venues like Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center, but what if some sports fans also happen to be health nuts? The obesity epidemic is real and some (not all) of the attendees may appreciate something on the lighter side, especially for their kids. Disneyland is now offering fruit as a substitute for those aforementioned deep fried potatoes; the Los Angeles Convention Center revamped their kitchen; and the San Diego Padres made some major changes to their menu last year (they now offer hummus, turkey wraps, and gluten free options). Do more of Southern California’s big entertainment venues need to follow suit, and what's more, did these venues go far enough?



Toni Yancey, M.D. MPH, Professor, Department of Health Services and Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at the UCLA School of Public Health


  • She worked with the San Diego Padres to develop healthier food options at the ballpark.


Laura Broderick, senior vice president of brand development for the San Diego Padres


  • The stadium introduced healthier food options for their 2009 season.  They have a “Fryer Fit” program which includes all their healthy menu items—turkey wrap, hummus, salad and fruit.  They also offer a $5.00 kid’s meal which meets fed guidelines for fat and calorie content.  They also have a Gluten Free program at the ball park. 


UNCONFIRMED – do not promote

The Staples Center

Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Convention Center


2:00 – 2:30

The Fate of Prop 8

The fate of Perry v. Schwarzenegger – the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8’s constitutionality - will be decided by a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, convening this Monday at 10AM. Some gay marriage advocates worry that Perry v. Schwarzenegger seems fast tracked for the U.S. Supreme Court, forcing a national showdown on gay marriage. The political calculus of this hearing is complex. The 9th Circuit Court’s Judge Stephen Reinhardt is one of the most liberal judges on the courts of appeals, as well as one of the most reversed. Could a ruling favorable to gay marriage directly lead to a drastically different Supreme Court decision? Is it even safe to assume that the Roberts Court would be adverse to proposition 8? In June, SCOTUS ruled favorably in a gay-discrimination case. Then there are those concerned that a Supreme Court ruling favorable to same-sex marriage would trigger a political backlash in the 38 states currently banning same-sex marriages, resulting in a federal marriage amendment. The court battle has the feel of a giant chess game, with many LGBT advocates privately concerned with Perry’s filing, even as they publicly endorse its goals.



Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights



Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at The Williams Institute at the UCLA  School of Law.  He is co-author of the The Gay and Lesbian Atlas.




2:30 – 3:00

A Renegade History Of The United States

Historian and cultural critic Thaddeus Russell asks a simple and shocking question with his new book, A Renegade History of The United States;  what if Americans owe their modern social freedoms to their least desirable social classes? Taking Howard Zinn’s revisionism to even less mainstream conclusions, Russell provides an overview of American history through the eyes of criminals and outcasts. His take on social development – labeled “ultrarevisionist” by some in academia – has gained Russell considerable notoriety. And although he was widely acknowledged as a popular professor at Barnard, Columbia, and the New School University, many of his harshest critics come from the academic left. He has credited prostitution, not feminism, for modern women’s rights, and praises organized crime for promoting social freedoms now taken for granted, including legal alcohol, birth control, and gay rights. His most controversial position - that slaves were more socially liberated than slaveholders – places A Renegade History of The United States squarely outside conventional historical analysis. Known as ”Bad Thad” on campus, Russell has created a scholarly work guaranteed to expand his notoriety far beyond the academic community.



Thaddeus Russell, Historian, cultural critic, and author of A Renegade History of The United States



Coming up next week –

Join LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and me for an inside view of law and order in the southland, Wednesday evening, December 8th, at 7:00pm in the Crawford Family Forum. Come early and meet the four-legged members of the LAPD’s K-9 unit and find out about special programs like Lock It, Hide It, Keep It; iWATCH; Team Sheriff Racing; and the Sheriff’s bicycle safety program called BEAR.  RSVP on the Patt Morrison page at KPCC–dot -org.



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