Thursday, May 12, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, May 13, 2011


Friday, May 13, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21:30 – 1:39

A Singular Woman: the life of Barack Obama’s mother

A mother of two children, a critic of societal norms, and an anthropologist who made ground-breaking progress in microfinance, Stanley Ann Dunham was the Virtruvian woman. She was also the mother of Barack Obama. It’s not often that a parent dwells in the shadow of her child and through examination of Dunham, she is not the exception. Janny Scott, author of A Singular Woman, chronicles the extraordinary life of Stanley Ann Dunham, the choices she made and the adversity she overcame as a free-thinking woman of her time.



Janny Scott, New York Times reporter and author, A Singular Woman





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Betty White coaches on life, love, & aging

Betty White stole America’s heart first as the man-crazy straight-shooter Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore show from 1973-1977 and then as the naïve, kind-hearted Rose Nylund on Golden Girls from 1985-1992.  In both roles, White won us over as the wholesome, sweet girl-next-door and then surprised us over and over with her sassy, hilarious remarks.  Now White is touring with her new memoir, in which she shares her wackiest Hollywood moments and explores the role of aging, romance, friendship, children, comedy, and her love of animals in her life.  What is the woman behind those lovable roles like herself?  And what has she learned throughout the years of her full, humor-filled life?  Patt sits down with Betty to find out and to laugh along the way.



Betty White, actress and author of If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)





2:06 – 2:19

Dear diary:  a humorous look at the musings of Osama bin Laden

We’ve learned about al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s diary entries on planning mass casualty terrorist attacks, on continuing the global jihad in the face of American aggression and his musings on the state of Islam.  But what about the mundane details of bin Laden’s five years hiding out in Pakistan?  Did he complain about being trapped in close quarters with his wife (wives); did he spy on any of his neighbors; did he long for the simple pleasures of the outside world, like a big flat screen TV or a BLT on rye bread?  KPCC and Patt Morrison have obtained exclusive access to bin Laden’s diary and we will bring you excerpts of the al Qaida leader’s life behind the walls of his Abbottabad compound.  From his demands that his kids clean up the living room to his long deliberations on what robes to wear for a given day, Patt goes beyond the pesky terrorism stuff and drills down on the life of Osama bin Laden.



Alonzo Bodden, regular on Comedy Congress; winner of season 3 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and regular performer and field correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno



Ben Gleib, regular on Comedy Congress; touring stand up comic, regular panelist on the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately, regular performer on the CBS The Late Late Show and on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly





2:21:30 – 2:58:30

What if we chose "Forks over Knives?"

What if research showed that eating a plant-based diet could fend off heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis?  What if research showed that this diet, in some cases, could actually reverse those diseases? Well, in the new documentary Forks over Knives two prominent researchers show exactly that. The evidence is profound--so compelling that former President William Jefferson Clinton has changed his diet based on their research. He's come full circle from the days of jogging into a Mickey D's for a quarter pounder and fries. The documentary makes the claim, based on hard science, that the western-diet full of animal protein, fat, sugar, and dairy is literally killing us.  But, they say, we can change it.  Their message is simple: we don't need pills--we can stop and in some cases reverse many of the diseases that harm us with beans, legumes, vegetables, and fruit. But if the science is clear and the change so simple, why isn't our government doing more to educate us? Can Americans separate themselves from a diet that is so fundamentally a part of our culture and one that we've exported around the world?  Is popping pills and open heart surgery easier than giving up chicken and apple pie? Don't eat your next burger without listening to Patt's interview.  It might save your life, or at least open your mind (but definitely not your heart). 



Brian Wendel, creator and executive producer, “Forks over Knives”



T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University and Project Director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project



Jonathan Serviss
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