Thursday, February 3, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, February 4, 2011


Friday, February 4, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Ben Roethlisberger wants to be a role model…do you want your kids looking up to him?

Personal troubles for NFL players is nothing new—from shooting ones self in the leg with a concealed gun to drug charges and even murder charges, football players have been getting into trouble off the field for quite some time.  But “Big” Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, winner of one Super Bowl championship and about to compete for another this Sunday, is supposed to be a different kind of football player.  A young, championship-caliber quarterback, Roethlisberger is supposed to be one of the leaders of the NFL and is expected to carry himself like it, which is what his off-field indiscretions all the more embarrassing and disappointing.  Accused of being the perpetrator in at least two sexual assault cases, Roethlisberger was never charged criminally but was suspended by the NFL at the beginning of this year.  During his first Super Bowl week interview Big Ben, looking to turn the corner on his dark past, said, “I want to be a role model.  I want people to look up to me.”  Even with all of the wins and on-field accolades, do you want your kids looking up to Ben Roethlisberger?



Petros Papadakis, host of “The Petros & Money Show” on Fox Sports Radio, heard locally in L.A. on AM 570 KLAC; former tailback & team captain of the USC Tojans football team




Lynn Zisler, sports columnist for the New York Times




2:06 – 2:58:30

Well…Ronald Reagan at 100 still looms large over the American political landscape

Love him or hate him, Ronald Reagan is an American icon that even 22 years after he’s left the White House still dominates the country’s political landscape.  His policies, domestic and foreign, are adhered to by both political parties: Bill Clinton, in a Reagan-esque declaration in 1996, said “The era of big government is over,” stealing a page right out of the Gipper’s playbook.  Republicans swear by the Reagan tax-cutting doctrine and both parties are embracing the mantle of deficit-cutters, just like Reagan did in his 1981 inaugural address.  Reagan’s military buildup of the 1980’s indirectly led to the first Gulf War and his foreign policy of strength helped to guide George W. Bush after 9/11/01.  But it’s Reagan’s style that has had the most significant lasting power, his sunny disposition and eternal optimism becoming a prerequisite to run for and be elected to office in this country.  “Morning in America” is still the guiding philosophy for political candidates everywhere 30 years later.  Ronald Reagan turns 100 on Sunday and we use the opportunity of his centennial celebration to examine the man, the myth and the legend of America’s 40th, and arguably most influential, president.



Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His latest book, The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom 1879-1960, was published in January. He is editor of The Reagan Diaries.



William Niskanen, chairman of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors from 1981 – 1985; chairman emeritus of the CATO Institute



Ron Reagan, author of “My Father at 100”; son of President Ronald Reagan & First Lady Nancy Reagan; former host of programs on MSNBC & Air America Radio




Walter Mondale, Vice President of the United States serving under President Jimmy Carter; U.S. Senator for Minnesota from 1964 – 1976


Richard Gephardt, U.S. Representative from Missouri from 1977 – 2005; House Majority Leader from 1989 – 1995




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