Thursday, September 8, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, September 9, 2011


Friday, September 9, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:18





1:23 – 1:39

Lawrence Wright and The Looming Tower
From Osama bin Laden to the government’s top bin Laden hunter who was killed in the World Trade Center – these personal profiles and stories made The Looming Tower a must-read book of the post 9/11 era. What’s changed in the time since his Pulitzer Prize-winning book sought to explain the way in which Al-Qaeda emerged, terrorist attacks were plotted and destruction was investigated? Has the lack of cooperation he detailed between the FBI and the CIA improved? And how have the conditions that produced the people who staged the attack changed? Author Lawrence Wright comes back to tell the story.



Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at New York University’s School of Law; He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11





1:41:30 – 2:58:30

Comedy Congress, live and under the stars at KPCC

There’s nothing like a national fiscal crisis to bring out the worst in our politicians.  As President Obama and Congress flirted with disaster, ending up with a predictably lame debt ceiling deal, the ramped up tensions produced glorious opportunities to laugh at our political leadership.  Judging by their abysmally low poll numbers, if you aren’t laughing at the inhabitants of Washington D.C. you might consider doing something a little more violent—thankfully Comedy Congress is here to release the pressure, allowing you to laugh at the insanity of the debt ceiling debate, the clamoring of 2012 presidential candidates and the perpetual fight over taxes.  But we’re not only charming and witty at Comedy Congress, we can be thoughtful too and for this special show, conducted outside under the stars here at KPCC, we acknowledge the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.  Comedy in the age of terrorism hasn’t always been an easy task and there have been plenty of hits and misses:  David Letterman’s first show after 9/11 is widely recognized as an inspirational classic, while Bill Maher seemingly defending the hijackers got him fired from ABC.  A contemplative look back at 9/11/01, unapologetic laughter about the laughable state of our economy, brilliant comics Aisha Tyler, Greg Proops, Ben Gleib and Alonzo Bodden, Patt Morrison guiding the ship, all under the cover of a beautiful Southern California night—please come laugh with us at Comedy Congress, where the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians.



Aisha Tyler, touring stand-up comic; staring in the new TV series “XIII”; voice actor on the FX series “Archer”; and star in former TV shows, “Friends,” “24,” “CSI,” and the “Ghost Whisperer”; and former host of the E! Channel “Talk Soup”



Alonzo Bodden, winner of season 3 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and regular performer and field correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; guest star on several TV shows and movies, and his new DVD “Who’s Paying Attention” is available at Amazon



Greg Proops, comedian from San Francisco. He has a weekly podcast called, The Smartest Man in the World. You can find it on iTunes or



Ben Gleib, 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; host of’s “Behind Enemy Lines” and the face of MySpace News; named one of "Six Comedians who Could be Comedy’s Next Big Thing" in Esquire




Jonathan Serviss
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