Monday, October 31, 2011

RE: Patt Morrison for Tuesday, November 1 2011



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1-3 p.m.




1:06 –1:30 OPEN


1:30 - 1:50

“I can neither confirm nor deny…” Obama’s FOIA exemption

President Obama may have brought us @opengov on Twitter, but he seems to be just as unwilling to share some controversial information with the American people as his predecessor.  He has refused to make public provisions of the Patriot Act and photographs documenting the abuse of POWs.  A new proposed regulation drafted by the Department of Justice, if approved, would give government agencies the green light to circumvent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by denying the existence of the documents requested.  Currently, federal agencies can opt-out by answering, “I can neither confirm nor deny…”, but the new proposal allows them to go a step further.  It prompted the L.A. Times to write, in an editorial dated October 31, “This policy is outrageous. It provides a license for the government to lie to its own people and makes a mockery of FOIA.” Is the motivation behind this to protect our national security, as the President asserts, or to “protect the government from embarrassment” as the L.A. Times reports?




Bob Woodward

Representative Justice Department

Editor, Bloomberg News, he filed a FOIA request to get more transparency on TARP recipients


1:50 – 1:58:30

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum loses director

Timothy Naftali, the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has recently resigned his position and will be stepping down November 19. He served as director of the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff at the National Archives from October, 2006, until a federal Nixon Library was established within the system of presidential libraries on July 11, 2007. Federal authorities refused to transfer control of tapes and documents to that library, especially those of the Watergate period, until Naftali and the National Archives took over the institution and made the library a nonpartisan education resource. According to the OC Register’s Blogwatch, Naftali has been criticized by local Orange County Nixon enthusiasts as “anti-Nixon” but he told one interviewer that he’ll leave it up to other people to gauge how successful he’s been, though he believes he’s achieved the goals he set back in 2006.  “It's time for me to move on,” Naftali said. He joins Patt Morrison to discuss his resignation and the challenges facing the future director of the Nixon Library.



Tim Naftali, director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum



2:06 – 2:39

Don’t Facebook my breakup, and other matters of social etiquette

Ever have your boyfriend or girlfriend change your status on Facebook before texting, Tweeting, or simply telling you it’s over?  Does “anything go” on Facebook, or should there be rules about how to navigate politely? Is it rude to tag people in compromising photos without telling them, submit a friend request to someone you don’t know without explanation, or make plans with people on your wall? And how do tell someone, “Yeah, I don’t want you on my friends list anymore?”




Karen North, director of the online communities program at USC’s Annenberg school of Communications and Journalism


2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Alan Alda debuts his new play, “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie” and his new comedy “Tower Heist” is out this week too

You know him as Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H or even Jack Donaghy’s father on 30 Rock. Alan Alda’s acting, writing and directing career have garnered him 31 Emmy nominations, six Golden Globe Awards and two bestselling books. He joins Patt in the studio to talk about his most recent accomplishment as playwright; his new work, “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie,” debuts this week at the Geffen Playhouse. You can also catch him starring in the new film from Universal Pictures, “Tower Heist,” co-starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, also out this week.



Alan Alda, actor, writer and director. He wrote the new play “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie,” which runs from November 1st through December 11th at the Geffen Playhouse.





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