Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:08:30 – 1:19:30: OPEN


[PITCH BREAK] 1:19:30 – 1:26:00


1:26:00 – 1:37:00: OPEN


[PITCH BREAK] 1:37:00 – 1:42:30


1:42:30 – 1:53:30

FBI considers redefining “rape” to improve law enforcement

For the first time in 80 years, the FBI is considering whether to redefine the federal definition of “rape.” The current 1927 definition legally defines “rape” as the forcible male penile penetration of a female. Critics say the current definition is too narrow and that broadening it—to include cases involving oral and anal penetration, cases in which the victim is drugged or under the influence of alcohol, cases in which the victim is male—will improve tracking of these crimes and change the attitudes of investigators. But currently, there are backlogs of rape kits sitting in police stations across the country. Sexual assaults have long been among the most underreported crimes, with an estimated 80% of assaults not referred to police. Will changing the legal definition change reporting or the resources allocated to investigating the crime?



TBD, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

TBD, Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center



2:08:00 – 2:19:30

You’re wearing that? REALLY? Should restaurants be allowed to institute dress codes?

It’s cool to be casual in Los Angeles, but have we taken it to an extreme? "Flip flops, a baseball hat, and a tee shirt... I went to the trouble of finding a dress and curling my hair." Ever had this conversation with your date (even if it’s only in your head)? It’s one thing if you’re going to a movie or sitting on a bench at the Hollywood Bowl, but what if you have reservations at a nice restaurant? Is it disrespectful to the owner or the other patrons to show up in something you would wear to wash the car? According to Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Michael Chiarello, “The more virtuous side of my brain says, ‘They’re paying for the meal; they have the right to wear what they like.’ My brain’s snarky side says, ‘He is embarrassing every table that chose to dress appropriately for dinner.’” Should restaurants institute dress codes or are we just being uptight? No shirt, no shoes, no service!



Amy Alkon, advice columnist and author of “I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society”


[PITCH BREAK] 2:19:30 – 2:26:15


2:26:15 – 2:37:00

You’re wearing that? REALLY? Should restaurants be allowed to institute dress codes? (Cont’d.)


[PITCH BREAK] 2:37:00 – 2:43:00


2:43:00 – 2:53:45
John Lithgow’s life of “drama”

John Lithgow, actor of The World According to Garp and 3rd Rock from the Sun, says his memoir is titled Drama because it is full drama: both on-stage and off. Lithgow, who had no intention of being an actor and instead dreamed of being a painter, shares the personal struggles he experienced along the way to stardom in this revealing memoir. More than just a story about himself, Lithgow’s book is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Andrew Lithgow, the actor, producer and one of the few Americans who has produced every single Shakespeare play. Lithgow describes his father as a captivating and complicated man, who headed a family of six in a “gypsy-like” existence, moving almost ten times. In the book, Lithgow asks “Why are actors driven to act? What is this strange transaction between the entertainer and the entertained? And why can none of us do without it?” He joins Patt to discuss the answers.


John Lithgow, award-winning actor; New York Times bestselling author of eight books for children; most recently author of Drama: An Actor’s Education





Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

626-583-5173 / 626-483-5278



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