Friday, March 18, 2011

Patt Morrison for March 21, 2011


Monday, March 21, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right

The 1970s in America: gasoline lines; devastating Vietnam defeat; economic decline; major shifts in race relations, women's roles, and sexual practices.  The result?  American distrust of government, corporations, and unions and a desire for an “outsider” candidate in government (think Jimmy Carter).  Sound familiar?  In his book, Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right, Dominic Sandbrook’s description of the 1970s has an eerie resemblance to the 2000s.  What does he say was the result of this national paranoia?  The beginnings of evangelicalism and right-wing Christian populism in America.  Could roots of today’s Tea Party and wide-sweeping distrust be found directly in the Iraq war, corporate corruption (Enron, Maddof), gay marriage and immigration debates, and the recession?  Are we repeating history just as it occurred thirty years ago?


Dominic Sandbrook, author of
Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right




2:06 – 2:30

Radiation risk perception

Over the last week, we’ve heard a lot about Japan’s radiation, the first traceable amounts of which touched down on the West Coast land on Friday, but how are you evaluating the risk? Did you rush out to buy iodine tablets, or do you think the media is exaggerating the threat? How do we perceive risk and how do Americans react to information like that which has been in the media about radiation lately? How do we perceive and gage the risks we take with our health and how do those rational and irrational forces ultimately affect us?



Jonah Lehrer, author, How We Decide and Proust Was A Neuroscientist

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2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Two months until the end of the world—what’s behind the apocalyptic billboards all over L.A.?

There’s one billboard that has the image of a man kneeling in front of a mountain, proclaiming the return of Jesus Christ on May 21st.  Another billboard is almost playful, with a “save the date” memo as the backdrop, against claiming that Jesus is returning in May.  There have been proclamations about the end of the world before—in fact, the man behind this movement, Harold Camping from a national network of radio stations called Family Radio, made his own earlier prediction that the apocalypse would arrive on May 21, 1988.  But there have been very few apocalypse movements that have bought advertising on prominently placed billboards around the greater Los Angeles area.  What is Family Radio, what is behind their predictions of the apocalypse, and what are the chances that they’re actually right?




Representative of Family Radio


L. Michael White, director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity & Christian Origins at the University of Texas; author of “Apocalypse! Time, History & Revolution”



Jonathan Serviss
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