Thursday, February 24, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, February 25, 2011


Friday, February 25, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:58:30

Raising healthier kids in Long Beach: overcoming challenges of disparities, pollution & more

The Port of Long Beach is the economic engine of Southern California, the conduit for almost every piece of cargo that comes into the region.  The mechanisms of that engine are also responsible for churning out a lot of pollution, from idling cargo ships to a legion of trucks and trains that are on a round-the-clock parade in and out of the port.  The port is just one cause for concern for the health and welfare of the children of Long Beach, a city that deals with divisions along lines of income and race and an inequity of health care services available to its citizens, especially its most vulnerable ones.  We take a look at the health problems confronting the children of Long Beach, from obesity to pollution, and examine ways to close those lines of division.



Dr. Elisa Nicholas, CEO, The Children’s Clinic serving children and their families, a system of community health centers serving the Long Beach area. She is also the founding member and project director of the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma. 


Dr. Helene Calvet, city health officer, City of Long Beach Department Health & Human Services


Alicia Carrera, parent and a Community Partners Council (CPC) representative


Robert G. Kanter, Ph.D., managing director of Environmental Affairs & Planning, Port of Long Beach


Adrian Martinez, attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)




2:06 – 2:58:30

Comedy Congress live from the Crawford Family Forum!

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter—after all, if we weren’t laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and state capitols, chances are we’d be crying. As Republicans take over the House gridlock has settled into Congress while both sides insist on refighting old fights.  Haven’t we seen this healthcare reform movie before?  Budget battles, hand-wringing over the Middle East and a half-hearted attempt at civility in politics all just means more comedic material for us.  Tomorrow we’ll probably cry about our lost jobs, but today join us in laughing at the madness of it all—the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians.



Greg Proops, regular actor & host of TV shows, movies and game shows—he is a regular performer on the American, British-original and touring versions of the improvisational show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”; he has a new podcast available on iTunes called “The Smartest Man in the World”; he’s the voice of the popular children’s series “Bob the Builder on PBS; and he is a regularly touring stand up comedian, coming to a comedy club near you!



Alonzo Bodden, winner of season 3 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and host of the Speed Channel show 101 Cars You Must Drive, regular performer and field correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and guest star on several TV shows and movies



Ben Gleib, regular performer at the Hollywood Improv; you’ve seen him on the CBS The Late Late Show, and on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly & Showtime’s The Green Room; named one of "Six Comedians who Could be Comedy’s Next Big Thing" in Esquire & a regular panelist on the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately




Jonathan Serviss
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