Thursday, July 7, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, July 8, 2011


Friday, July 8, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:39





1:41 – 1:58:30

Put down those boiled potatoes—unless you want to pack on the pounds

A new study from Harvard University has examined the individual impact of certain foods on weight gain and made some surprising discoveries: among them, that a serving of potatoes is much worse for your poundage than a serving of nuts. Researchers followed more than 120,000 people over a 20 year period, relying on detailed reports of daily food consumption provided by the participants and measured changes in diet and weight every four years. They found that an additional daily serving of potatoes—even those that were boiled, baked or mashed—caused participants to gain more than a pound every four years, while an additional serving of fruits and vegetables prevented between ¼ and ½ pound of weight gain. White bread proved as likely to make you pack on the pounds as a candy bar. An extra serving of nuts guarded against a ½ pound gain, while a serving of yogurt prevented a whopping 1 pound of fat gain. The study’s discoveries contradict the idea that eating in moderation is the key to weight loss—in fact, what really matters is what kind of calories you eat, even if they are in moderate quantities, since our bodies process various chemicals and nutrients differently. Potatoes may be so unhelpful to our slimming efforts because they contain refined carbohydrates, which cause insulin and blood sugar levels to rise, making us want to eat more. Conversely, yogurt may be so much better because of the workings of its microbes in our digestive tracts. Some hope that this new study will fuel changes in health policy, marketing practices and taxes on items integral to the production of unhealthy menu options. With more than 30% of American children estimated to be obese, many health experts are declaring a public health crisis and demanding greater resources and public awareness for the problem. Can these findings force people to pay more attention to what they put on their plates? And what sort of measures should food manufacturers take to tackle the obesity crisis head on? Finally, what dietary alterations can parents make to ensure their kids’ health?



Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health



  • He led the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Co-Founder and Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University




2:06 – 2:58:30

Comedy Congress, live from the Crawford Family Forum

Come on Washington, quit making it so easy. We in the world of satire like a challenge; we enjoy making fun of the subtle ironies in politics, digging out the points of ridicule amidst the complicated political policies. And what do you offer up instead: Weiner jokes?? You make it too easy Washington, we thought better of you. Sure, there are enough Republican presidential candidates to make up a March Madness bracket, those guys (and ladies) are always easy to make fun of; President Obama making jokes about the failure of his stimulus program—not quite shovel ready, eh Mr. President—has a cruel irony that’s fun to lambast. So as you make your plans to join us for Comedy Congress, where we laugh at the insanity of politics before it makes us cry, rest assured that your comedians and Patt are ready to sniff out the less-than-obvious humorous story lines. And yes, we’ll be sure to throw in a few Weiner one-liners to take advantage of the low-hanging fruit. But come on Washington, make us work for our comedy! Please come laugh with us at Comedy Congress, where the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians.



Ben Gleib, touring comic (just off a national arena tour with Dane Cook); regular guest on the E! show “Chelsea Lately”; performed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and the “Late, Late Show”; currently shooting the comedy film “The Polterguys”; and the Ranking Member of Comedy Congress



Greg Proops, actor & host of TV shows, movies and game shows; regular performer on the American, British-original and touring versions of the improvisational show Whose Line is it Anyway?; has a new podcast available on iTunes called The Smartest Man in the World; voice of the popular children’s series Bob the Builder on PBS; starring in the new TV show “Improv-a-Ganza” on the Game Show Network



Laurie Kilmartin, writer for “CONAN” on TBS; touring comic, you’ve seen her on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and was a top-10 finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”; and has written for Colin Quinn, Craig Ferguson and Adam Carolla





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