Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Patt Morrison for Thursday, May 19, 2011


Thursday, May 19, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:39

(New) Big Man on Campus: Q&A with LAUSD superintendent John Deasy

Budget, budget, budget… new LAUSD superintendent John Deasy promises fast action on increasing graduation rates, attendance and test scores in the vast L.A. school system, but the challenge to everything he wants to do is a shrinking budget. Even though the governor’s May revise is in and there is good news for K-12 education, several years of cost cutting have left fewer teachers and more students in the classroom, elimination of art and music classes, and general downsizing across the board.  Can he accomplish reform while juggling pennies, dimes, dollars and people? Superintendent Deasy lays out his plans and takes your questions as he sits down with Patt for our monthly check-in.



John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

King of the Indies John Sayles’ A Moment in the Sun

He’s played part to the origination of such films as: “Poltergeist,” “Apollo 13” and “The Fugitive.” His first film “Return of the Secaucus 7” was just entered into the Library of Congress on recommendation from the National Film Preservation Board and he just keeps bringing the heat. King of the Indies, John Sayles, who can already claim a vast and well known body of work, has added another credit to his name: A Moment in the Sun is his latest work and it is one goliath of a novel. Set in 1897, the book captures three years in three locales—New York, the Yukon and Cuba—leading up to a “moment” that would be the turn of the twentieth century, at least as imagined by one of the great story tellers of our time. Standing at nearly one-thousand pages, it’s already drawing comparisons to Deadwood and Doctorow’s masterpiece Ragtime.



John Sayles, author of Los Gusanos, the National Book Award-nominated Union Dues and most recently A Moment in the Sun. He has directed seventeen feature films, including Matewan, Lone Star and Eight Men Out. He is also the recipient of a John Steinbeck Award, a John Cassavetes Award, and two Academy Award nominations. His latest film, Amigo, will open in the U.S. in August




2:06 – 2:19




2:21:30 – 2:39

What is beautiful?  Annenberg’s “Beauty CULTure” looks for the elusive definition

Beauty is different things to different people, different cultures and different time periods.  The model Twiggy in the late 1970’s made the ultra-thin look beautiful; Peter Paul Rubens in 1600 helped to coin the term “Rubenesque” with his paintings of full figured women.  While beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, societal ideals and pressures certainly help to form our opinions of what is beautiful, and to that end the Annenberg Space for Photography is presenting a new exhibit to trace the culture of beauty.  The aptly named “Beauty CULTure” exhibit is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern culture.  Women have shouldered the burden of the beauty cult, spending billions of dollars every year in makeup, fashion and even plastic surgery—and as Annenberg says in their press release, “As much as beauty can astonish and inspire, it can also corrupt and subvert.”  As the exhibit of photographs on beauty prepares to open, we search for the ever elusive definition of true beauty.



Jamie Lee Curtis, actor & author; appearing in the new documentary “Beauty CULTure”



Patricia Lanza, director of artists & content at the Annenberg Space for Photography




2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Joint Ventures: inside America’s almost legal marijuana industry
There are more marijuana dispensaries in California than public schools. In Denver, Colorado, there are more dispensaries than Starbucks and liquor stores combined. And yet the industry is still largely unknown to many of us. Trish Regan, who gained notoriety with her Emmy-nominated documentary Marijuana, Inc., goes behind the scenes in her new book to uncover the inside workings of this largely secret world. After California came close to legalizing marijuana with Prop 19 and as Los Angeles prepares to hold a lottery to allow only 100 dispensaries to operate, Regan lays out the economic impact of locally legalized marijuana, explains the link between marijuana and violent Mexican cartels, and questions whether decriminalization would work on a national scale, as it has in Portugal. Are California and then the nation on their way to legalizing marijuana? And if they do, what would legalization look like? Regan gets “blunt” with Patt about America’s new “green rush.”



Trish Regan, author of “Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry”



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