PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 8, 2011
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1:06 –1:30 OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
Biggest jump in carbon emissions since the Industrial Revolution: have we stopped caring about climate change?
Despite the mounting scientific evidence and warnings about the effects of climate change, an extra half –billion tons of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere last year. The Global Carbon Project, an international group of scientists, said that global emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, marking the largest single year increase since the Industrial Revolution. With surging economies in the developing world and powerful industrialized nations reluctant to take significant steps to curb emissions, experts worry that we are approaching a climate “tipping point” – the point at which human-influenced climate change will be irreversible. The International Energy Agency warns that if we don’t change course, the Earth’s temperature could climb 11 degrees Fahrenheit. If that happens, we could see catastrophic environmental hazards including massive water shortages around the world, significant extinction, harm to agriculture and food production, floods, lung disease, heat waves and malnutrition. Is the scientific community sounding unnecessary alarms or does their data reflect a dire situation? Why, if the science is so strong, isn’t the
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca) Chairman, Environment and Public Works Committee; Boxer delivered a message to the United Nations Climate Change conference in
Rep., Global Carbon Project
Rep., Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in
2:06 – 2:30
Is your lotion, sunscreen and make-up making you sick? Toxic chemicals in beauty and health products aren’t regulated
Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Rebecca Sutton, senior scientist, Environmental Working Group, a non profit organization working to limit toxic chemicals in consumer products
2:30 – 2:50
Who will rule the Internet?
In the media age, the life cycle of every new invention – from the telephone to radio to film – included a sort of Wild West phase of free range entrepreneurs and visionaries. But in time, all of them settled into a period that was dominated by a monopolist or corporate cartel. In his new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” author and professor, Tim Wu, posits that the Internet – the driving force of modern media commerce – may very well suffer the same fate. Could the information superhighway be ruled by a singular corporate giant with its own agenda? Or is the Internet dynamic enough to break the paradigm?
Tim Wu, author, policy advocate, and professor at
2:50 – 2:58:30
“There is no frigate like a book”: Carol Muske-Dukes and the value of memorizing poetry.
A mother pushes her daughter on a swing, reciting a line of Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the air so blue?” The daughter replies with the rest of the stanza, “Oh, I do think it’s the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!” This year a poet, Tomas Transtomer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and with the award ceremony taking place this weekend, California’s Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes joins Patt to talk about the importance of not just reading, but memorizing and reciting poetry in today’s digital-visual age. If we’re lucky, she’ll share more stories about her poetry-filled childhood, too.