Thursday, June 23, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, June 23, 2011


Friday, June 24, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19





1:21:30 – 1:39

Dwell conference opens, highlights Cradle-to-Cradle living. What exactly does that mean?

Much of city planning is about thinking of how to minimize bad things—traffic, pollution, noise—but instead of minimizing the bad, what about maximizing the good? It sounds like a simple euphemism on the surface, but it’s fueling a revolution in architectural design. American architect William McDonough is leading the way with a philosophy of “green architecture” that he’s calling Cradle-to-Cradle design. The model focuses on designing to promote the good rather than to minimize the bad and seeks to design massive buildings with systems for collecting storm runoff, housing birds, using daylight for internal lighting and harnessing natural ventilation. He’s convinced the Chinese government to contract him for the construction of 7 new green cities and Pakistan has turned to him for tips on how to build for a world of 10 billion people. How can we increase the sustainability of our infrastructure and how much will it cost? And where does the new revolution fall in the traditional conflict between environment and industry? Patt talks with the father of the movement, which is being heavily featured at this year’s Dwell conference in Los Angeles this weekend.



Bill McDonough, designer, architect and Cradle to Cradle thought leader; he’ll be delivering the key note address at the DWELL conference in downtown this weekend





1:41:30 – 1:58:30





2:06 – 2:25

Drink this up: progress in managing the “global water crisis” is possible

Concern over water’s increasing scarcity in heavily-populated parts of the world has led environmentalists to announce a “global water crisis,” and there’s little doubt that massive resource mismanagement by humans has contributed to the problem, but journalist Charles Fishman swims against the current in his new and surprising study of our most precious resource. In The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, he takes an engaging, optimistic and unconventional look at the ramifications of wasteful water use, as well as the effective solutions that can be reached with modern resources and the cooperation of business and government. The “golden age” of cheap, safe and plentiful water is over, and the liquid is vital to industry and normal life—consider the typical American’s use of 90 gallons a day for cooking and cleaning—but big companies’ conscious efforts to cut back on water use and the myriad of technological advances are signaling the emergence of a new era of “smart water” use. How can we counteract the world-wide scarcity of water, and what can we do on an every-day basis to conserve it?



Charles Fishman, journalist and author of “The Big Thirst” and the best seller “The Wal-Mart Effect”





2:25 – 2:45

Checking the Pulse of Journalism: Not Dead Yet…At Least in Rural America

The “demise of journalism” has become a common professional forecast in light of recent budget slashes by major urban media outlets and the Internet’s continued expansion, but award-winning journalist Judy Muller’s new book claims that at least in small towns, reporting is alive and well. In Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns she paints a vibrant picture of life and journalism in rural America, where “big news” can range from birth announcements to emus running amok in the locality. Muller’s compilation of stories and characters details the coverage “quaint” events in such remote places as the Alaskan tundra, but also portrays the financial troubles and social difficulties that small-town reporters face as a result of their newspaper’s resources or personal adherence to their First Amendment rights. Join Patt for a discussion of journalism’s fate and what big-city reporters could learn from these stories of struggle and success.


PATT: On Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30pm, Judy will be signing her book at Village Books in Pacific Palisades.



Judy Muller, professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication; winner of the Peabody Award; former NPR and ABC News correspondent.  Judy is also host of Town Hall Journal, which airs on KPCC each Sunday night at 9 pm.





2:45:30 – 2:58:30

To grunt or not to grunt, that may be the question at Wimbledon this year

The majority of Wimbledon’s fan mail is about it; there’s even a Wikipedia page dedicated to it, although no one can agree on how to characterize it. Grunts? Shrieks? Mating calls? Ian Ritchie, the head of the tennis tournament, has made his wishes clear: he’d like to hear less grunting on the court, particularly from the female contestants. Some have made charges of sexism; others point to a generational divide, claiming it’s only the younger players who do it. Is there a psychological component to it meant to psyche out one’s opponent? Does it actually enhance a player’s performance? Is it distracting? Is it cheating? Patt digs deep in the controversy over…well, we’ll call it grunting.




Bill Dwyre, sports reporter with the Los Angeles Times


John Murray, a West Palm Beach Florida-based sports performance psychologist and the author of Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game



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