Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RE: Patt Morrison for Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1-3 p.m.




1:06 – 1:21 OPEN


1:23 – 1:39

How about ‘dem Dodgers?

A hard fought divorce settlement between the McCourts, cuts to season ticket prices of 60% after playing to a half-empty stadium, lackluster performance on the field, and a hearing next week that will decide whether or not Frank McCourt or Major League Baseball will determine the Dodgers’ future – all add to the veritable stew of money and power interests fighting over baseball as we know it in Los Angeles. MLB says Dodgers owner Frank McCourt “looted” $189.16 million from the team and wants to have him ousted, citing mismanagement; creditors are joined by Fox Sports in wanting to stop McCourt from auctioning off the team’s television rights; and beating victim Bryan Stow’s representatives will plead their case to the court as well, saying his medical bills could be as high as $50 million. While the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals scramble over the World Series title, hometown fans watch this battle played out in the newspapers and on sports news and ask: what will it take to get the Dodgers off the disabled list? 




Bill Shaikin, national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times



1:41:30 – 1:58:30

TitleWave: Colson Whitehead talks about Zone One and America’s fascination with zombies

Zombie apocalypse is closer than you think, at least in Colson Whitehead’s latest installment, “Zone One: A Novel.”In post-apocalyptic New York City, Americans struggle to carry on with business as usual. As armed forces try to regain control of Manhattan, they must dispose of citizens who display even the slightest hint of infection. Whitehead parallels a post-zombie apocalypse New York to the emptiness and loss of a post-9/11 society. He joins Patt to talk about zombies and the ruins of New York. You can also see Colson Whitehead, along with writer David Kipentonight at 7 PM at the Los Angeles Central Library, as part of the [ALOUD] series.



Colson Whitehead, a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship; his latest book is the post-apocalyptic zombie novel Zone One; his writing has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, and The New York Times



2:06 – 2:30

Life in the ‘burbs isn’t as sweet as it used to be

Safe, clean, tree-lined streets, green grass and good schools, that’s the image we conjure up when we think about life in the suburbs, but a new study offers an alternative and stark reality.  The poor population in our nation’s suburbs has grown by 53 percent since 2000; by comparison, urban poverty grew by 26 percent. Currently, 55 percent of the nation’s poor live in suburbs. The dramatic increase has some of the nation’s suburban municipalities scratching their heads trying to figure out how to provide social services on tight budgets with limited resources.  How are communities coming together to support the declining middle-class? What will the suburbs look like in 5, 10, or 20 years if the U.S. stays on the same trajectory?  In today’s economic climate, would the Brady Bunch be issued a foreclosure notice?  Could they afford to live in the ‘burbs?



Scott Allard, associate professor who focuses on social welfare and poverty, University of Chicago



Elizabeth Kneebone, senior researcher, Brookings Institute; she conducted the analysis of the census data on poverty in suburbs

Edward Hill, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University



2:30 – 2:58:30

Ride along with Metro chief Art Leahy

President Obama’s visit reminded us: from point A to point Z, it’s all about getting around town. The head of the MTA is here to make the connection. Join him and Patt for the latest installment in a transportation series, with updates on the Metro’s plans for new high speed rail, highways, railways, and extensions of the existing Orange and Gold Lines. How did Metro’s decisions to eliminate some bus lines and significantly reduce others affect its low-income ridership, even as gas prices continued to rise? Whatever came of the controversy surrounding the construction of a new station in Leimert Park? How’s Metro’s new online bus-tracking service, NexTrip, working?  And has CicLAvia changed the way Angelenos think about getting around our vast landscape? Weigh in with your transit questions and comments.



Arthur Leahy (Art), chief executive officer, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)









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