Monday, October 24, 2011

RE: Patt Morrison for Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1-3 p.m.



1:06 –1:30 OPEN


1:30 – 1:58:30

The Price of Civilization

World renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs knows what’s causing America’s economic woes—political lobbyists have too much power in Washington; economic stimulus plans and tax-cutting measures aren’t working; our infrastructure is crumbling and the cost of an education coupled with ever increasing holes in the social safety net is creating a “poverty trap” for low-income Americans.  Sachs offers some solutions in his new book The Price of Civilization, which include a return to “civic virtues,” an acceptance of taxation and the adoption of new measures of economic wellbeing.  Even if Sachs has all answers to create a utopia society, could any of them be implemented in this highly polarized political environment?



Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University; his new book is The Price of Civilization



2:06 – 2:30

Warning! No TV for children under 2 & SpongeBob may be bad too

Limit tube time for children under age 2, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1999, the same group recommended parents ban almost all television watching and complete a “media history” to show their doctors how much time kids spent in front of the TV. This year they conceded that the 1999 approach may have been a bit unrealistic.   The group claims that there is no educational benefit for the youngsters and TV time takes away from more important ways to learn. By interacting with people and objects, rather than watching visuals on a screen, children develop their “executive functions,” or the cognitive process by which they organize, pay attention, multi-task and take action. In a different study, researchers found that preschoolers who had watched SpongeBob tested with poorer executive function than those who colored with markers. How does all this new technology impact a child’s mental development and more practically speaking how might it impact a busy mom’s built in babysitter?



Ari Brown, pediatrician in private practice and lead author of the policy statement “Media Use in Children Under Age 2”



Dan Hewitt, spokesperson for the Entertainment Software Association

Jennifer Peterson, lead researcher, “The Immediate Impact on Different Types of Television on Young Children’s Executive Function”



2:30 -2:41:30 OPEN


2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Secrets, romance and sizes:  the life and thoughts of Edith Head

“Good clothes,” said Edith Head, “are not a matter of luck.”  The California-born Head ushered in a what some consider a golden age of costume design, dressing everyone from Faye Dunaway and Tippi Hedren to Steve Martin, but she was just as famous for her acerbic wit.  On October 28th, playwright and actress Susan Claassen comes to Los Angeles’ Odyssey Theatre with her one-woman show, “A Conversation with Edith Head.”  Claassen and her co-writer, Paddy Calistro, former LA Times columnist, fashion journalist and author of Head’s posthumous autobiography, join us today to talk about Head and her legacy, on-screen and off.



Susan Claassen, co-creator and star of “A Conversation with Edith Head;” she is managing artistic director of the Invisible Theatre in Tucson, Arizona

Paddy Calistro, one of the leading authorities on Edith Head; coauthor of Edith Head's posthumous autobiography, “Edith Head’s Hollywood”; president and publisher of Angel City Press.








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