Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, September 22


Thursday, September 22, 2011

1-3 p.m.


1:06 – 1:39 OPEN


1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Operation Mend: to reconstruct soldiers and marines wounded in war

On July 5, 2007, Army Specialist Joey Paulk’s vehicle was hit by 3 mines in Afghanistan. The vehicle flipped and the fuel tank ignited. Paulk’s team leader lost his life and Paulk sustained burns to 40% of his body and face. The smoke he inhaled paralyzed his vocal chords and he lost all 10 of his fingers. Since then, he has had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow and maneuver through life without fingers. None of that would have been possible without the help of Operation Mend—a partnership between the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and the VA of Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Together, and with the help of philanthropist Ron Katz, "Operation Mend" offers free reconstructive surgery to U.S. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patt talks with their lead surgeon and his patient, Joey.



Dr. Timothy Miller, chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA; he leads Operation Mend’s surgery team and is himself a military veteran

Joey Paulk, Army specialist; he’s undergone 5 surgeries through Operation Mend since sustaining burns to 40% of his body and face while serving in Afghanistan



2:06 – 2:30

Welcome to the City of Los Angeles, what can we do to help you? 

Anyone who has ever tried to get a building permit in the City of Los Angeles can attest the fact that city agencies are not renowned for their stellar customer service.  In fact, some city employees could likely place high in the rankings for “Most Disagreeable Customer Service Representative Ever.”  But Councilman Mitch Englander wants to change all that.  As city government is essentially a service-based industry, Englander feels that it is time to up the ante and start treating citizens like valued customers.  The idea is hardly a new one – Former Councilman Joel Wachs proposed a plan to get city employees smiling back in 1996, but the $500,000 plan was deemed too expensive.  This time around, Englander is considering hiring customer satisfaction gurus J. D. Power and Associates to gauge the city’s performance.  The Councilman feels that he can turn the boat around without spending precious dollars.  Is it possible?  Can you imagine a world in which you’re greeted by a smile at city offices?



Mitch Englander, Los Angeles City Councilman (representing CD-12, North West San Fernando Valley, includes Northridge, Encino and Van Nuys)

Richard Close, president, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association



2:30 – 2:39 OPEN



2:41:30 – 2:58:30

“We Were Here”

The documentary “We Were Here” tracks the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic in the Castro district (the gay Mecca) of San Francisco that began in the mid-1970s. The film follows the personal and emotionally compelling stories of some of the people who lived through the tumultuous time.  We watch as they express the pain of loss and the confusion surrounding the disease, which was initially referred to as the “gay cancer.”  Through the pain, and the “avalanche of death” the gay community came together with love and compassion while at the same time mounting a fierce political battle to keep AIDS infected patients from being stigmatized and even quarantined. The relentless struggle to find a cure and the grace with which the community dealt with the disease became known as “The San Francisco Model.”  “We Were Here” received a perfect 100 score on Rotten Tomatoes and is the highest rated movie on Metacritic. Patt talks to the filmmaker about his highly praised film and checks in on the status of HIV/AIDS research.   



David Weissman, director and producer of the documentary “We Were Here”

  • The film is currently playing at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood



Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, director of the center for HIV Prevention Treatment and Services at UCLA

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Representative from Aids Project Los Angeles









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