PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 8, 2011
CALL-IN @ 866-893-5722, 866-893-KPCC; OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE ON THE PATT MORRISON BLOG AT KPCC-DOT-ORG
HR 1 BILLBOARD
1:00 – 1:40
1:40 – 2:00
Vocabulary of disaster: How 9/11 did or didn’t change the way we talk
How did 9/11 forever change Americans’ language? Linguist Geoffry Nunberg argues not much. He’s been making a list of words since 2001 that were connected to 9/11 and its repercussions. “They're a jumble: axis of evil and "the army you have," cakewalk, coalition of the willing and "connect the dots," "dead or alive" and "don't touch my junk," evildoers and enhanced interrogation.” There was also that one phrase: “the terrorists win,” which was employed so often that it quickly became a parody of itself, appearing in a November 2001 New Yorker cartoon that showed a man in a bar saying, "I figure if I don't have that third martini, then the terrorists win." Most of those words and sayings have already disappeared, and other than “9/11” itself, few others will probably be around in another decade. Buzzwords come and go, but it's significant that 9/11 has left almost no traces on our everyday language. Nunberg believes the ephemeral nature of the words born out of 9/11 is a testament to the relatively narrow impact 9/11 had on Americans’ lives. As proof, he points to when the American Dialect Society voted on the word of the decade in 2010, and “9/11” came in third, behind “Google” and “blog,” showing perhaps that, over the last decade, the Internet has gotten a lot more of our attention than 9/11, and it has given us a lot more new words. According to Nunberg, “If there's any difference between the new normal and the old, you couldn't tell it from the way we talk.” Do you agree? Call Patt with the 9/11 words that you’ve noticed or use in everyday language.
Geoffry Nunberg, a linguist who teaches at the UC Berkeley School of Information
2:00 – 3:00
In the first of KPCC’s series on military service and veterans, Patt Morrison learns what it’s like to serve in today’s
PATT: Continuing our series on military service and issues that veterans’ face as they return to civilian life, KPCC is hosting two in-depth conversations in our Crawford Family Forum. On Sunday, September 25th, the discussion will focus on veterans’ housing & employment; on Sunday, October 16th, the topic will be the emotional and physical health and well-being veterans and their families.
Details will be available soon at KPCC – DOT – ORG.
WHO’S IN THE MILITARY AND WHY
Beth Asch, associate director, Forces and
Commander Michele Carter, executive officer, Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles, which also covers
Captain Ricky Hernandez, executive officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station L.A.
STORIES OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
Rossana and Arturo Cambron, whose son is currently deployed with the Army in
Jewell Faamaligi, whose brother Torice has served in the Marines since 1991 and was deployed to
Marcelle Sloan, whose niece (whom we are calling “V”) was deployed twice to
Teresa Bullock, national 3rd vice president, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc, an organization of women whose children are currently serving in the military; 1st vice president, Inland Empire Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a child in military service. Her oldest son was killed in