Friday, February 3, 2012

Patt Morrison for Monday, February 6, 2012


Monday, February 6, 2012

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30: OPEN


1:30 – 1:58:30

Ask an ethicist

Think of the ethical dilemmas that pop up every day – do you rat out a colleague cheating on an expense account? Do you give a reference to a relative you don’t like? More than likely, you find yourself located between two sides of an issue as often as you have a clear sense of what’s “right” and what’s “wrong,” which it turns out is pretty normal when it comes to the field of ethics.  For those of you who truly grapple with the rightness and the wrongness (or the lack of a clear choice), we’ve got a new segment for you: “Ask an ethicist.” Join Patt and her guest Michael Josephson, the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and its CHARACTER COUNTS! Project, as they attempt to untangle some ethical quandaries in the news and in your everyday life.



Michael Josephson, founder and president of the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics


2:06 – 2:30

Adult education heads to LAUSD’s chopping block

The latest budget proposal presented to the LAUSD board last month afforded a budget of $0 for the $120-million Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) for 2012-2013. Adult education programs account for high school completion programs, ESL and career classes for about 350,000 students in Los Angeles. DACE is not alone, or being singled out – preschool programs, elementary art, summer school and thousands of administrators, teachers, nurses, custodians and cafeteria workers could all face cuts, for a total of $540 million in reductions. But adult education might be an easier target due to some shifting political winds in Sacramento, which three years ago released adult education from its earmarked funding pools, giving districts more power to decide how to allocate funds previously designated for specific services. That raises a difficult dilemma for districts as the spending plan goes to the school board for public review this month: what do you prioritize? Can arguments be made for funding the aspirations of hardworking adults over the needs of children trying to learn to read and write?



John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent


Candace Lee, principal, Metropolitan Skills Center, Los Angeles


TBD, Evans Community Adult School


2:30 – 2:58:30

What separates wellness from illness?

When David Agus was a young and ambitious new doctor, his mentors found his choice to join the oncology field mystifying. Cancer is prevalent in our society – it accounted for over 570,000 estimated deaths in the U.S. in 2011 alone. But it was precisely those harrowing numbers that inspired Agus to take a new approach to battling the disease. His cancer research led him to cast aside common practices and assumptions about illness in general - and the way our medical industry treats it. Agus found that too often we tend to think of illness as being about one body part or another – lung cancer, or heart disease, or an ear infection. But they’re all parts of the whole, and so are the means of treating and preventing them. That’s how you bring about, as his new book title says, the end of illness. In his book, Dr. Agus posits that the human body is a set of complex systems that should be treated together as a whole. Using examples from his research, practice of medicine, and innovative storytelling, Agus attempts to shatter myths about healthy and unhealthy living and offers a path to wellness based on simple and inexpensive lifestyle changes. What is wellness? Could there be radically different path to living a healthier life?

Guest: Dr. David B. Agus, MD, author of “The End of Illness” and founder of; co-founder of Applied Proteometics and Navigenics, two health-care technology and wellness companies




Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

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


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