Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Patt Morrison for Thursday, March 31, 2011


Thursday, March 31, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

The difficult case of “foothold babies”: is it time for America’s immigration laws to be rewritten?

Last week the San Gabriel city inspector office stumbled upon a very unusual discovery:  a full fledged baby nursery operating out of a townhouse, catering to Chinese mothers who were legally in the U.S. on tourist visas for the sole purpose of giving birth to a would-be American citizen.  The debate over “anchor babies,” usually the children of Latino illegal immigrants born in the U.S. with the intent of keeping undocumented parents legally in the country, is a fierce and politically charged one that’s been underway for years.  But the discovery in San Gabriel is not the same debate, rather a new wrinkle in the gaming of American immigration laws.  What’s the motivation for Chinese mothers to give birth to their children here; is there anything illegal in that action; is there any way (or reason) to stop it?  And is the idea of birthright citizenship simply becoming outdated?







1:41 – 1:58:30

The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon

Somehow, the Hollywood sign never gets old.  When tourists see it, they know that they have reached their destination at last.  Even for native Angelenos, catching a glimpse of the sign can gild a dull commute with a touch of glamour and golden dream.  In his book The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon, Leo Braudy tells the story of the sign, which started as a temporary real estate promotional tool in 1923, was almost torn down at one point, but then was reconstructed in the 1970s thanks to an unlikely alliance including Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner.  And from the story of the sign comes the like-none-other history of the movie industry and the social, economic, and artistic development of Los Angeles—and specifically, of HOLLYWOOD.



Leo Braudy, author of The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon





2:06 – 2:19





2:21 – 2:39

Can you call a police officer a fat slob and get away with it?

A man in Lowell, Massachusetts yelled at the police officer on his front lawn, “You’re a coward, hiding behind your badge.”  He was arrested for disorderly conduct, challenged his arrest in court and last week a judge found the officer was liable for false arrest.  In 2009 a federal judge ruled against a Pittsburgh police officer who issued a citation against a man who gave him the middle finger.  And last week the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a lawsuit against a small police department in Kentucky to go forward, after a man was arrested in 2005 for calling an officer a “fat slob.”  What ties all of these cases together is the use of a disorderly conduct charge to arrest the offending culprit, and the fact that the arrestee was verbally abusive or rude to the arresting officer.  What’s often described as “contempt of cop,” offending a police officer can often land you in jail.  How far can you go in insulting a cop without getting arrested?




Jon Shane, assistant professor of police policy & practice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; former Newark police captain for 16 years


Tom Nolan, associate professor of criminal justice at Boston University; former Boston police officer for 27 years



2:41 – 2:58:30

Born to be wild 3D 



Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, researcher, conservationist, and educator; featured in Born to be Wild 3D




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