Monday, April 11, 2011

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Designs on Film: a Century Of Hollywood Art Direction

Some films transfix us with images so strong we can’t look away; this, despite the banal behind the scenes reality of film-making and the bureaucratic infrastructure inherent in getting the finished product to the theaters. In a film there are many moving parts, but it’s the immersive qualities invoked by art direction that can evoke worlds of luxury, everyday reality, futuristic worlds, or fantasy. Cathy Whitlock has collaborated with the Art Directors Guild to produce a guide to the best of the best, from the art direction of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to the opulent drawing rooms of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. She walks us through the early years on to the golden age and spotlights films of today in her book, Designs on Film: a Century Of Hollywood Art Direction.



Cathy Whitlock, author, Designs on Film. She also writes the blog Cinema Style where she talks about trends, inspirations and design in the movies.





2:06 – 2:30

Are colleges morally obligated not to post unpaid internships at for-profit companies?

If you work in politics, film, fashion, or journalism, unpaid internships are par for the course. But what about corporate finance, WNBC (who’s parent company General Electric is valued at $200 billion), or colleges like the University of Pennsylvania, which required a student to pay them $2,700 in order to earn course credit for an unpaid internship? Should they be “hiring” unpaid interns? Increasingly in a down economy, internships are more popular, longer and unpaid. But is that appropriate? Is it fair to paid workers? Does it achieve anything but free labor? And should colleges be complicit in pairing their students with unpaid positions at for-profit companies? The law is murky, but the US Labor Department has intervened to say “academic credit alone does not guarantee that the employer is in compliance” with U.S. labor law. As the annual race for the summer internships gears up, during which ¾ of the 10 million students enrolled in America’s colleges will search for an internship, Patt talks with some experts and hears from you about your internship experiences. Were you ever an unpaid intern? Was it worth it?



Kathy Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center



Ross Eisenbrey, researcher at the Economic Policy Institute




2:30 – 2:39

Relicensing California’s nuclear power plants goes before Congress

It was natural that in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and the resulting disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, attention would turn to the safety of California’s two nuclear plants that both sit near major earthquake fault lines.  One of those plants, the Pacific Gas & Electric-owned Diablo Canyon facility, is applying for a 20-year license extension and plans to have the plant undergo new seismic testing.  Before any consideration is given to relicensing Diablo Canyon there are plenty of people in the area that would like to see a much more stringent safety review, especially State Sen. Sam Blakeslee who has long been concerned about the ability of California’s nuclear reactors to withstand a major quake.  Tomorrow Sen. Blakeslee goes before a U.S. Senate committee to testify on nuclear safety in the wake of Japan—Patt talks to the state senator fresh off the committee hearing to learn about the future of California’s nuclear energy industry.



State Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-15th District (San Louis Obispo); geophysicist with a Ph.D. in earthquake studies





2:41:30 – 2:58:30

The Cripple of Inishmaan: the Irish come to L.A.

The year is 1934 and word comes to the sparsely populated Irish island of Inishmaan that an American film crew is setting up shop on nearby island Inishmore. In a land where there is little daily excitement, one citizen - Cripple Billy, decides he wants to break away from his overprotective aunts and the tedium of his life to be part of the action. What follows is classic Martin McDonagh, who the New York Times calls “the theater’s reigning gory Irish gothic.” In a four week run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Cripple of Inishmaan, a darkly humorous tale with a scorched underside, we are lucky to see two of Ireland’s most notable actors, Dermot Crowley and Dearbhla Molloy. And we are equally lucky to have them with us on the program today.


PATT: The Cripple of Inishmaan runs now through May 1st at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.



Dermot Crowley, film, stage & TV actor


  • Dermot Crowley’s theatre work stretches from Breakfast at Tiffany’s  at The Theatre Royal in the West End, to the Broadway productions of Translations and The Weir in New York.
  • His extensive work for the National Theatre in London includes David Hare’s Stuff Happens (playing Donald Rumsfeld), Scenes from the Big Picture, His Girl Friday, Amadeus and The Double Dealer.
  • He has played Pat to Dearbhla Molloy’s Meg in The Hostage for the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Crowley's stage work has included a leading role in an Olivier Award winning production of Conor McPherson's The Weir, which played in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States in the late 1990s. His first television role was playing George Bernard Shaw in the UK TV series Victorian Scandals in 1976.


Dearbhla Molloy, stage & screen actor


  • Dearbhla has worked consistently in theatre film and television for forty years, in West End productions from Arcadia at the Haymarket to In Celebration with Orlando Bloom. 
  • Alan Bleasdale’s On the Ledge and Martin MacDonagh’s Cripple of Inishmaan are among many appearances at the National Theatre.
  • She is an Associate Artist of the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, and has also appeared frequently on Broadway, where her credits include Dancing at Lughnasa (Tony Award nomination) A Touch of the Poet, and Juno and the Paycock.



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