Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Patt Morrison for Thurs, 1/12/2012


Thursday, January 12, 2012

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30


1:30 – 1:39
Porn in prison

More than two million Americans are currently serving time in prison, and the majority of them are men. Jail can be a lonely place, so where can a repressed convict turn for release of a different kind? How about pornography? An inmate in a Michigan jail last summer sued the state for depriving him of his porn while in jail. Although widely assumed to be a prevalent practice, masturbating behind bars is verboten in most prison systems. Only six states allow conjugal visits – the remaining forty four have rules ranging from a sort of "don't look, don't tell" policy to outright bans on self gratification. Prison officials argue that masturbation is a form of sexual harassment, although some sex researchers believe that allowing prisoners a sexual outlet may curb sex crimes and curtail the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases in the prison population. So, should prisoners have the right to take care of their own business? And should Vivid Video be allowed in the Big House?

Brenda Smith, American University law professor and project director for the United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Prison Rape

Dr. Marty Klein, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist for 31 years, and the author of several books, including newly published "Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want from Sex and How to Get It" (HarperCollins)

2:00 – 2:30
'Born (and retired) to be wiiiiild': Retirement villages for the Woodstock generation

Attention baby boomers, retirement villages are embracing you with open arms, and they're way hipper than any facility your parents lived in. Senior living communities such as Laguna Woods Village in Orange County have been appealing to those of a generation who lived through the 1960s, attended Woodstock and possibly have a penchant for medical marijuana. Laguna Woods Village boasts a Baby Boomers Club, founded in 2008, and dozens of other youthful, counter culture-based clubs. The Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village, according to the village's website, is "an active, interactive group promoting a commitment to peace, social and economic justice, good government, and protection of the environment." According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the first members of the baby boom generation will have reached 65 last year. By 2050, the number of people 65 and older will comprise 20 percent of the total population at that time. As a baby boomer, do these untraditional retirement communities appeal to you, and why? Do they reflect the needs of a more socially progressive older generation?

John Pynoos, professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology

David Dearing, retired high school teacher and resident at Laguna Woods Village, a retirement community in Orange County

2:30 – 3:00
Do placebos really work?

If you are merely told that you are getting a good workout every day, even if you aren't, you will lose weight. If you are simply lead to believe that the food you eat is indulgent and filling, even if it isn't, you will feel fuller after eating it. These statements may sound far-fetched, but they are actually proven to be true, according to several medical studies conducted in the last few years on the "placebo effect." In addition to losing weight, research shows placebos have real-world benefits for many health conditions including Parkinson's disease, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome. In some instances, placebos have even been reported to be more effective than actual treatment. Doctors continue to study placebos in order to more effectively use them, but evidence indicates that a patient's mind-set and openness to change really does make a difference. How have you benefitted from taking a placebo or from changing your mind-set? How can medical professionals more effectively utilize placebos?

Guest: Michael Specter, staff writer, The New Yorker; author, "Denialism"

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