Friday, July 15, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, July 18, 2011


Monday, 7/18, 2011

1-3 p.m.







1:06 – 1:39





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Have a heart, surgeons:  prominent transplant surgeon implores his colleagues to be “barbarians of civility”

Surgeons are a notoriously unfriendly bunch:  widely recognized as brilliant artists of the body, able to cut out cancerous tumors or repair broken heart valves, their skills are unmatched and almost always appreciated; but their bed side manners often leave something to be desired.  Patient relations is a big, and growing, part of medical training, with med students taking courses geared toward making them more empathetic with the pain and concerns of their patients and their families.  But surgeons are usually a different group, not having to interact much with the patients that they’re cutting into.  Surgeons are even known to be rude and unnecessarily demanding to the nurses that help them in the operating room.  Can surgeons become a little friendlier, and will a more amiable attitude help their craft?  One doctor argues yes—the chief of transplant surgery at Cedars-Sinai, in a new essay published in the Archives of Surgery, says that evidence supports a direct link between civil behavior and both clinical outcomes for patients as well as health and quality of life measures for medical professionals.  If surgeons can bring themselves to play nice, with both patients and colleagues alike, everyone could win.  Are the days of Dr. House in the OR about to be numbered?



Dr. Andrew Klein, director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai hospital & chair in surgery and transplantation medicine; author of the essay “Barbers of Civility” published in the Archives of Surgery





2:06 – 2:19




2:21:30 – 2:39

Media monopolies hit a wall:  court overturns rule allowing multi-station ownership in one market

Imagine a town in which the daily newspaper, all of its television and radio stations, and even the local cable provider were owned by one company uniformly broadcasting information with the same spin every day….That’s the dystopian result that Philadelphia’s 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wanted to avoid in its decision on Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, which reinstated a ban on media companies owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same local market. The Court berated the FCC for its 2007 lifting of the ban, accusing the agency of failing to give the public substantial opportunities to voice its opposition. The FCC was also criticized for its lack of success in promoting minority ownership of broadcast radio and television stations on the basis of 2007 free press research. “Cross-ownership” bans of the type the Court reinstated have been around since 1975, an era in which newspapers still thrived, but former FCC chairman Kevin Martin decided to relax media ownership regulations on the grounds that the ban was no longer meaningful in an Internet-dominated environment.  Public interest groups applauded the Court’s ruling, saying that the ban is critical to the protection of a diverse media, while owners of big media corporations are dismayed. Would the absence of a ban really have prompted big mergers and homogenous news? Or is the news diverse enough in your community?



Andrew Jay Schwartzman, senior vice-president, Media Access Project. They led the legal challenge.


·        Media Access Project is a non-profit, public interest law firm and advocacy organization working in communications policy. For over 38 years, MAP has promoted the public interest before the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Courts, fighting for an open and diverse communications system that protects freedom of expression, promotes universal and equitable access to media outlets and telecommunications services, and encourages vibrant public discourse on critical issues facing our society.



Tribune Co.




2:41:30 – 2:58:30

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father

Since Barack Obama took the presidency in 2008, there have been countless books written about his life, speeches, and religious values, but few have thoroughly examined one of the former senator’s closest family members: Barack Hussein Obama, his father. Now Boston Globe reporter Sally H. Jacobs has shed new light on this brilliant and yet deeply flawed man in her new book, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father. Following Barack I from his humble job as a cook for British colonists in Kenya, to his relationship in the states with Ann Dunham and failure at Harvard, and later to his alcoholism, unemployment and mysterious death in a car crash, Jacobs analyzes the influences that shaped the veering and memorable life course of “the other Barack.” His Muslim faith, polygamy and near-attempt to give the future president up for adoption are treated with great attention, as are his intellectual promise and commitment to an independent Kenya. Join Patt for a discussion of Barack Obama Sr. and weigh in with your questions and comments.



Sally H. Jacobs, reporter at the Boston Globe 




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