PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Monday, March 19, 2012
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1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Are you smart (or hot, qualified, young or female) enough to be…a weatherman?
In the world of nightly news weather personalities, being male, experienced, and older is a liability when it comes to getting a job - at least that’s what a lawsuit filed by veteran Los Angeles weatherman Kyle Hunter alleges. Hunter, an award-winning newscaster with 23 years of experience, believes that he was passed over for two positions at major Los Angeles TV news organizations in favor of young, attractive female candidates. “Within the past few years, KCAL and KCBS decided to hire young attractive women as weathercasters in prime time rather than men in order to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts," Hunter claims in his lawsuit. Since the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle, network newscasts have had to compete for viewers with everything else on the tube, and it would be hard not to notice the trend of having more women who look like models talking about the next cold front on the 11 o’clock news - especially in cities like Los Angeles, where image is king. More gender parity in the news business isn’t a bad thing, but should it come at the expense of more qualified candidates?
Gloria Allred, lawyer representing Kyle Hunter, who has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting and its stations KCBS and KCAL
Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology, Columbia University
2:21:30 – 2:39
Misappropriation or chic? Navajo Nation fights back against Urban Outfitters
Hipster chic, or stealing? The appropriation of different cultures in American fashion is nothing new, from African prints to Mandarin Chinese collared dresses. Native American styles such as moccasins, beaded shirts, turquoise jewelry and fringe have also been appropriated since the 1960s and ‘70s, with Navajo tribal culture inspiring recent collections for mass market chains such as Urban Outfitters and high-end design houses such as Proenza Schouler. In February, the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the United States, with more than 300,000 members across Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, fought back. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the Navajo Nation claimed violations of trademark law and the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to suggest goods are Native American-made when they’re not. The Navajo Nation pinpointed Urban Outfitters’ selling underwear with a Navajo print on them as “derogatory and scandalous.” Do mass retail companies violate the rights of Navajo and other Native American tribes to produce their own, authentic merchandise? Is cultural appropriation just a part of fashion?
Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the United States with more than 300,000 members across 27,000 square miles of land in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico
UNCONFIRMED – BROAD FASHION HISTORY VOICE
Requests out to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing
Reached out to author of New York Times article, Guy Trebay
Reached out to media relations at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Neighborly advice from Mr. Rogers
“…deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” These are the words that changed Benjamin Wagner’s life when he met the iconic, charming, philosophical neighbor Fred Rogers, the long-time host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” on his 30th birthday. And they actually were neighbors – Rogers, who had retired from the show, was living right next door to the Nantucket cottage Wagner’s mother had rented for the summer. Afterwards, their conversation stuck with him, launching the MTV news producer on a personal journey to reevaluate his life and career. This led to his making the independent film “Mister Rogers & Me,” in which he travels the country interviewing people who knew Rogers, asking what his words mean to them. The resulting documentary asks important questions about our human connections and media’s relationship with children today. Tomorrow, March 20th, is Fred Rogers’ birthday, and it’s a beautiful day to ask: what life lessons did you learn from Mr. Rogers?
Benjamin Wagner, filmmaker, “Mister Rogers & Me”
In celebration of Fred Rogers’ birthday, “Mister Rogers & Me” will screen at the Paley Center for Media tonight [Monday} at 7:00 p.m. The filmmakers and other special guests will speak afterwards. The event is free, but reservations are required.
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