PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30: OPEN
1:30 – 2:00
Love and divorce in the time of recession
Conventional thinking would have you believe that divorce rates would be up in times of economic strife. Couples often fight about finances, and when there isn’t enough money to go around, couples might consider uncoupling. But the reality in our current “Great Recession” is exactly the opposite. When divorce rates between 2005 and 2009 are compared state-by-state, the number of divorces went down as unemployment went up. Divorce is expensive, and it appears that most couples have chosen to stick it out – at least until the economy turns around. But if the pattern holds, experts are predicting a surge in divorce proceedings as paychecks get bigger and years of pent up marital discord are unleashed at once. The slow-but-steady recovery in 2011-12 is already bringing an increase in divorces as people find the means to match their desire to get out of unhappy marriages. Is it a green shoot for the economy? Will divorces increase as the economy improves? How has your marriage faired in the current recession?
Guest: Mike Konczal, Roosevelt Institute fellow; economics and finance blogger
2:06 – 2:30
Is it time to cut the cord on costly cable-television?
Do you find yourself spending more time on your computer than in front of the television? If so, you are not alone. For years, millions of Americans have relied on cable-television as their primary source of home entertainment, but viewers are ditching their tubes for alternative Internet-based amusement provided by Netflix, iTunes and others. According to an analysis conducted by the Associated Press of eight of the nine largest subscription-TV providers in the U.S., pay-TV providers lost a record number of customers – 195,700, in 2011. The Nielsen Co. also found, last year, that Americans who watch the most video online tend to watch less TV. Compared to traditional cable or satellite subscription services, web-based entertainment can be less expensive or even free. Some consumers, though, are weary of perceived flaws such as inferior picture quality and limited options. Other alternatives to cable include Apple TV, Hulu, streaming movies and shows from the iTunes store, and the Boxee Box, which searches for free shows and movies from legal online sources. How much money could you save by canceling your cable subscription? Are Internet-based on-demand services such as YouTube the future of home entertainment?
Guest: David Katzmaier (WAITING ON PRONUNCIATION), senior editor at CNET
2:30 – 2:39
“To Kill a Mockingbird” (the film) turns 50
The film “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on Harper Lee’s classic about a courtroom drama in the segregated South, appeared 50 years ago this year to instant attention and praise. It won actor Gregory Peck an Oscar for his portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch and even Lee was delighted with Peck's performance. Many who knew him claim that he nailed the role because the character fit his own personality so well. A new edition of the film has just been released with several pages of Peck's shooting script, full of his personal interpretations and memories. Film scholar Jeanine Basinger joins Patt to talk about Peck and how some of the story’s more controversial elements were translated to the silver screen.
Guest: Jeanine Basinger (Bay-singer), Corwin-Fuller professor of Film Studies; chair, Film Studies Department, Wesleyan University and curator, Wesleyan Cinema Archives
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
A response to DGA President Taylor Hackford’s defense of internet piracy laws SOPA and PIPA
The President of the Directors Guild of America, Taylor Hackford, thinks that last month’s campaign against internet piracy laws like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) was full of baloney. The Oscar-winning Hackford spoke with Patt yesterday [WEDNESDAY] about how internet piracy is negatively impacting Hollywood, but now voices from other sides of the debate chime in to offer a different perspective. We heard from Hackford that he believes legislation like SOPA and PIPA protects content created by filmmakers, but others maintain that these proposed laws could deprive Americans of civil liberties, undermine free speech, and hurt U.S. businesses. Organizations such as Google and Wikipedia oppose these bills and maintain that they do not support piracy. A statement appearing on Google’s “End Piracy, Not Liberty” page addressing the issue reads, “We at Google remain committed to working to address the problem of piracy without compromising our freedoms and risking our industry’s track record of innovation and job creation.” How can content creators in Hollywood and web companies in Silicon Valley work together to stop piracy without denying free speech?
Jon Fox, consumer advocate, CalPirg
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