PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, January 5, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30: OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
Ask your Congress member: Rep. Xavier Becerra talks to his constituents
Patt kicks off a mini-series checking in with some of our local congress members before they head back to work in Washington D.C. Today she welcomes Rep. Xavier Becerra, the Democratic Congressman representing California’s 31st District, to the show. Perhaps most recently known as one of six Democrats appointed to the supercommittee on deficit reduction, Patt checks in on what comes next after the committee’s failure to reach a consensus as well as how his party can work more effectively with Republicans. Can a budget deal be worked out where the size and scope of government will be cut back in exchange for higher taxes on rich Americans? And with all the political rancor, lack of bipartisan cooperation, and record-low approval ratings, is it possible to get anything done in Congress during an election year? Has the political gridlock gotten any better? Patt covers everything from the one year anniversary of the shooting of his colleague, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to reports on the widening wealth gap between members of Congress and the people they represent (half of congress members are millionaires). Call in with your questions, too.
Rep. Xavier Becerra, Democrat representing the 31st Congressional District of California, which includes parts of central and northeast Los Angeles; he’s vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means and Budget committees
2:06 – 2:30
TSA PreCheck comes to Southern California: Faster airport check-in, but at what privacy cost?
Imagine sailing through airport check-in with no hassle. Exciting! In return, though, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)is allowed to perform a background check on you and gather personal information. TSA’s PreCheck system is a voluntary passenger pre-screening pilot initiative implemented last October in cooperation with Delta and American Airlines in several airports around the country: Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Miami and recently Las Vegas. PreCheck is now expanding to Southern California. Expected to launch in a few weeks, the system will specifically expand to Los Angeles International Airport’s American Airlines hub at Terminal 4. The TSA’s PreCheck background check includes information about the passenger’s flying habits and payment types. Approved PreCheck passengers are able to keep their shoes and belts on during check-in, leave laptops and zip-locked liquids in their carry-on bags and walk through a separate security path. Do you think giving the government detailed personal information is a fair trade off for quick access to a hassle-free experience at the airport? Should this option be available to all flyers or only those who fly frequently? Do you think the current screening system is effective?
Charlie Leocha, director, Consumer Travel Alliance
Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration
TBA, Representative from ACLU
2:30 – 2:39 OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers surprising ancestry of famous Americans
When Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was famously arrested by Sgt. James Crowley in 2009 after allegedly breaking into his own home, no one would have guessed that the two men were actually distant cousins and share a bloodline that dates back to 450 A.D. This surprising fact was discovered after the two men made amends at the so-called “beer summit” President Obama held at The White House and is an example of the type of discoveries uncovered in a new PBS miniseries called “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” The 10-part series, hosted by Gates, explores the surprising ancestry of notable individuals such as Harry Connick, Jr., Barbara Walters and Condoleezza Rice. Gates works closely with leading U.S. historians and genealogists to investigate and analyze the fascinating ancestral history of prominent Americans. How would you react if you discovered that you were related to someone who discriminated against you? How much have race relations improved, if at all, since the “beer summit” and President Obama’s 2008 election? How can we benefit from learning more about our genealogical and ancestral history?
Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher Professor at Harvard University, where he is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research; He is also the host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, which airs Sunday, March 28th at 8 pm
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