PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
1:06 – 1:18 OPEN
1:23 – 1:39
If politics is show business for ugly people than will these good looking GOP candidates have an advantage?
Love them or hate them, you have to admit that this is a pretty good looking crop of Republican presidential candidates. Mitt Romney has classic matinee-idol good looks; Rick Perry uses his
Gabriel Lenz, assistant professor of political science at the
Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science at MIT
Adam Scheib, hairstylist at Sally Hershberger Salon in
PATT: Up next, we’ll be continuing the conversation with… / NEW SEGMENT
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Why do we love 9/11 conspiracy theories?
A look back at the events of 9/11/01 is as much about analyzing how it forever changed us politically, as it is about how we tell the story. Countless historians, politicians and theologians have attempted to make sense of it, employing political, philosophical and religious analyses to explain it. But how can a tragedy of such magnitude ever be satisfactorily explained? It's no coincidence that the decade following 9/11 has arguably brought the largest flurry of conspiracy theories in
Ilan Shrira, social psychologist at the
2:06 – 2:30
The heroes of 9/11: what obligation do we have to serve and protect those who sacrificed in the name of duty?
Many of the brave men and women who first arrived on the scene on September 11, 2001 and worked 12- and in some cases 16-hour days removing body parts and debris now find themselves transformed. They showed up to work ill prepared for the toxic chemicals that would later change their lives and the lives of their families. Working without masks to protect their nose, throats and lungs from the dangerous chemicals in the air (following assurances from officials that the air was safe) many in the crew working on "the pile" developed what they called "The World Trade Center Cough." Later, it would be diagnosed as asthma, scars on the lungs or cancer. But the physical ailments are only half the story. Imagine having to look into the eyes of the victims’ families and friends "on the other side of the fence" and hearing their pleas and taking their photos in the hopes that you might find someone, one person, alive. But instead, you find body parts. One first responder said he was deeply affected by the sound of crickets, but couldn't figure out why. He finally made the connection. Firemen wear what's called a "Viper" so they can be located if they become unconscious or trapped. The Viper makes a chirping sound when a fireman stops moving for a given period of time. On September 11, Vipers were chirping under the rubble, a constant reminder of their fallen brothers. The sights, smells and devastation the first responders had to endure is unimaginable. Sleep apnea, depression, nightmares haunt many of them. How have we treated the people who ran toward the collapsing towers? Many were forced to retire early due to a health related disabilities or PTSD symptoms, but have we provided for their health care and compensated them for the years they weren't able to work and build a pension? The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was introduced to do just that. It passed, but some Republicans balked at the price tag, so it was reduced from $6.2 billion to $2.75 billion. And despite evidence that first responders have a 20 percent greater risk to develop cancer in the first seven years after exposure to a toxic dust cloud, cancer treatment is not included. Can we afford to pay for the men and women who jumped in with little regard for the personal consequence?
John Devlin, operating engineer with Local 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Worked for 9 1/2 months at Ground Zero. He has stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.
Anthony Flamia, former police officer with NYPD Highway Patrol who worked at Ground Zero
Glen Klein, former New York City Police Officer in the Emergency Service Unit (a SWAT and Rescue unit). He was at Ground Zero before the 2nd tower collapsed. He lost 14 of his co-workers and has PTSD.
Ken George, officer, New York City Highway Department, DOT; he worked from 9/11 to 2/02 at Ground Zero
2:30 – 2:58:30
Muslim and living in the
September 11 affected all of us deeply, but for many Muslims living in the
Tasbeeh Herwees,a fourth year, print and digital journalism major at USC Annenberg School of Journalism
Nida Chowdhry, she graduated from UC Irvine in 2009 with a B.A. in English and Film and Media Studies.
Kifah Shah (kih-FAH) (Shaw), she graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She worked at the Asian law caucus and is currently applying to masters programs in public policy.
Mohammad Mertaban. (Mehrt-uh-BAAN), project manager at the St Joseph Health System.
Yasmin Nouth (Nooh-soft h), KPCC/AirTalk intern