Thursday, February 16, 2012

Patt Morrison for Friday, February 17, 2012


Friday, February 17, 2012

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39: OPEN


1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Ron Briggs, longtime champion of death penalty, reverses course

Even if you support the death penalty, numbers show, it’s not working, and if you oppose it, then it never should work. In 1978, California voters passed the Briggs Death Penalty Initiative, which expanded the use of, and eligibility for, the state’s death penalty. The Briggs family argued the initiative would allow for swift, just punishment for crimes of murder. But today, California’s death row has ballooned to more than seven hundred prisoners, more than any other state. The state has also only executed thirteen convicted murderers since the initiative passed over thirty year ago. Now, Ron Briggs, who campaigned along with his father Senator John Briggs and brother-in-law to pass the initiative, admits it was flawed. He’s trying to replace the death penalty in the state with life in prison, without parole. Patt talks to him about his change of heart and what he learned from his father’s career. Do you support to death penalty?



Ron Briggs, co-sponsor, along with his father and brother-in-law, of the 1978 Briggs Death Penalty Initiative, which sought the to expand the death penalty; he’s currently a member of the Board of Supervisors in El Dorado, CA


2:00 – 2:30: OPEN


2:30 – 2:39

And the winner… has been hacked – fears surround new digital 2013 Oscar ballot
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm long associated with making sure that no one knows who will go home with a golden statuette until the envelopes are opened on Oscar night, is slated to be phased out for next year’s balloting in favor of an Internet-based balloting interface. To move the Oscars securely into the Internet Age, the Academy has partnered with Everyone Counts, a company that has designed software for Internet elections around the globe. But some tech experts warn that the electronic voting system that will replace the venerable paper ballots is vulnerable to cyber attack. For example, hackers may be able to clandestinely change the winner for Best Picture, throwing the program into disarray. The Oscar balloting software will feature "multiple layers of security" and "military-grade encryption techniques" to allay the fears of the traditionally staid and conservative Oscar voter. But will it be enough? Is the convenience of at-home balloting worth the security risk? And what about members of the Academy without computers?

Andrew Gumbel, Los Angeles-based author and reporter; author of Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America (Nation Books 2005)




2:41:30 –2:50
Oscar-nominated costume designers talk movies, fashion and the new FIDM exhibit

Lights! Camera! Fashion! This year’s Oscar-nominated costume designers have created gorgeous outfits for films ranging from Martin Scorsese’s kids adventure “Hugo,” to black-and-white and mostly silent film “The Artist,” set in 1920s Hollywood. Select costumes from all five nominated films are now on display through April 28 at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s museum in downtown Los Angeles as part of FIDM’s 20th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit. In person, you can see the vibrant orange, pink, and green hues of dresses and jackets from “The Artist” that appear in muted grey tones in the movie. Other nominees include designers for 16th century set "Anonymous," 19th century based "Jane Eyre" and Madonna’s 1930s royal ode "W.E." Join Patt as she talks to Oscar-nominated costume designer Mark Bridges about his silent film era costumes for “The Artist,” and fellow nominee Arianne Phillips about her couture costumes for “W.E.” What costumes in this year’s Oscar-nominated crop have captured your attention most? Which impressed you the least?


Mark Bridges, Oscar-nominated costume designer this year for “The Artist”

Arianne Phillips (AH-ree-ahn), Oscar-nominated costume designer this year for Madonna’s “W.E.”


2:50- 2:58:30

Oscar-nominated make-up artist transforms Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”

Longtime make-up artist Matthew W. Mungle has worked on films ranging from “Inception” to “Schindler’s List.” He is nominated for his fourth best make-up Oscar this year for the 19th century-set film “Albert Nobbs.” He won a best make-up Academy Award in 1993 for “Dracula.” For “Albert Nobbs,” Mungle managed to transform beautiful 64-year-old actress Glenn Close into a demure, shy and stately hotel Irish waiter named Albert Nobbs, who lived as a man and concealed his female-born identity. Patt talks to Matthew W. Mungle about make-up and what goes into transforming an actress, or actor, into a character such as Nobbs. Make-up artists for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “The Iron Lady” are also nominated this year for the best make-up Oscar. What do you like best about Close’s make-up in “Albert Nobbs”? What make-up film tricks are you curious about?



Matthew W. Mungle (MUHN-guhl), Oscar-nominated this year for best make-up for “Albert Nobbs”








Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

626-583-5173 / 626-483-5278 @Patt_Morrison


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