Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, February 8, 2011


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

Private companies want public lands for renewable energy—can it be a win-win-win?

What is the deal with these renewable energy projects in the desert? First, a federal appellate panel ruled last week that the Department of Energy failed to adequately consult with states or conduct public reviews before establishing high-voltage electric transmission corridors through the Mojave Desert. Then, this week federal officials from the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy began holding meetings throughout California and five other western states to better inform the public about the kinds of activities that solar plants create on public lands. That’s because private solar energy enterprises want to build big plants on public lands, and they want the federal government to “fast-track” those renewable energy zones. But would fast-tracking some zones, like the ones up for consideration in Imperial County, bring jobs to those areas where unemployment hovers at a stubborn 29-30%? And are their environmental considerations to be made about the potential damage caused by solar construction to its surrounding ecosystem and animals like the desert tortoise? The Secretary of the Interior throws the switch here and Patt hears from some people on all sides of the debate.



Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior



Molly Peterson, KPCC’s environmental reporter


TBA, Environmental group



TBA, guest on job/economic concerns



1:41 – 1:58:30

Borders bookstore: a not-so-happily ever after story

Remember the day when the big-red-and-white Borders bookstore popped up on a commercial business corner near you?  They had their avid book-loving followers and their loyal independent-bookstore-going boycotters.  But a bookstore with music, movies, and a built-in coffee shop was a new concept—Borders has something for everyone.  Now, the monster store demonized for crushing independent bookstores has now been crushed itself.  By 2000, the rise of online book sellers like Amazon.com and discount retailers like WalMart and Target had caused a dramatic reduction in people visiting Borders.  In addition to forces beyond its control, Borders may have accelerated its own demise by moving too slowly into the digital age, with a clunky website to purchase books from and without its own kindle (Amazon) or Nook (Barnes & Noble) equivalent until recently.  With the Westwood/UCLA Borders closed and the Glendale Borders in trouble, what will be the fate of brick-and-mortar bookstores as we know them?



Albert Greco, a book publishing expert and professor of marketing at Fordham’s University’s Graduate School of Business Administration




Joel Sheldon, owner of Vroman’s Bookstore


2:06 – 2:39

Ask the Chief –LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has been in the job for just over a year, and he can point to a decline in crime, with a homicide rate for 2010 that has dropped to the level of 1967, as a validation of his policing methods. But gang units being dismantled, diminishing budgets, charges of racial profiling on the part of LAPD officers and controversies over the use of deadly force continue to dog his efforts to raise morale and keep crime rates low. You can ask the hard questions about these issues and more as the chief joins Patt for our regular Q&A.



Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department





2:41 – 2:58:30

Yeah it’s February, but summer is right around the corner…which means Hollywood Bowl time

What could be better than enjoying wine and cheese (and maybe some fried chicken) while listening to music under the stars with 17,000 of your closest friends? The first season of the Hollywood Bowl began in 1922 with conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Many great performers have graced its stage over the years since including Billie Holiday, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli.  What’s in store for 2011? Gustavo Dudamel returns, Dolly Parton and Sarah McLachlan grace the stage for the first time and there is a special guest who may make you say, “I wish” I had a seat.  Summer in Los Angeles isn’t complete without at least one night at the Bowl, tune in and you’ll almost feel the wooden benches underneath and the stars overhead.



Arvind Manocha, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association




Jonathan Serviss
Senior Producer, Patt Morrison
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