Monday, February 6, 2012

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30


U.S. Court of Appeals issues ruling on Prop 8, constitutionality of gay marriage

Supporters of gay marriage have been eagerly waiting for an appeals court ruling made public this morning regarding the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that prohibited same-sex marriage in California. A panel of three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced their decision at approximately 10 a.m. this morning. During oral arguments, the judges appeared to be leaning toward striking down the marriage ban. The decision is a pivotal moment in the fight over gay marriage, but probably doesn’t mark the end of the battle since it’s expected that today’s judgment will be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could decide next year whether gays and lesbians nationwide have the right to marry. ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, escalated the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in 2010 that the proposition violated the U.S. Constitution. Within the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution, how fair is Proposition 8? How might the nationwide legalization of gay marriage impact society?



Vikram Amar, associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law


NOT CONFIRMED, but looking good:

Theodore B. Olson, general counsel for the plaintiffs



Andrew Pugno, general counsel for, which defended Prop 8


1:30 – 1:58:30: OPEN


2:06 – 2:30

Un-Fair Campaign to combat racism focuses on white privilege

The billboards are striking – splashed across Duluth, Minn. – they read “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white,” a tag line written over a woman and man’s blue-eyed and brown-eyed white faces. Named the “Un-Fair Campaign,” the anti-racism initiative calling attention to white privilege and launched publicly by community organizations in the Midwestern city in late January has drawn both raves reviews and criticism. In 2010, a survey found that residents viewed Duluth, mainly white, as not open to racial and ethnic minorities. A committee of the Youth Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Duluth, working with a Duluth-area advertising agency, developed the visuals for the campaign over the course of a year, partnering with other organizations and the City of Duluth before the January public launch involving billboards, bus signs, posters and radio and television public service announcements. However, a backlash has included the launch of a Facebook page called STOP Racist Unfair Campaign, claiming that specifically directing the initiative to white people is in itself racist. Do you find the edgy campaign effective, bringing attention to advantages white people enjoy that they may not be aware of when it comes to racism? Or do you find the campaign one-sided?




Ellen O'Neill (O-NEEL), executive director of the Duluth, Minnesota YWCA, which spearheaded the new Un-Fair Campaign initiative



Emails, calls and a Facebook message to Phil Pierson, creator of the Facebook page STOP Racist Unfair Campaign


2:30 – 2:39: OPEN


2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Elizabeth Taylor – an “accidental feminist?”

Elizabeth Taylor was many things: a child actress, an object of desire, an international superstar, and an anti-AIDS activist. Over the course of nearly sixty years, Taylor played women of all stripes, from haughty to naughty, even in her personal life – Taylor famously asked “Can I sue the Pope?” in response to the Vatican’s accusations of erotic vagrancy on the part of Taylor and Richard Burton, who started an affair while both were married to others.  All of these things, plus roles in “National Velvet,” as a young woman (Velvet Brown) who dresses as a male to succeed; “A Place in the Sun,” which some have called an abortion-rights film; and “Butterfield 8,” about a woman who sleeps with whomever she chooses, have led author and journalist M.G. Lord to dub Taylor “The Accidental Feminist.” Join Patt today to hear Lord discuss the idea that Taylor was a feminist all along, hiding in plain sight.


Do you agree with Lord’s analysis of the roles Taylor played? What does feminism mean to you? What does it look like?



M.G. Lord (she goes by “M.G.”), author of “The Accidental Feminist”









Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

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


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