PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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1:06 – 1:19 - OPEN
1:21 – 1:39
Could you pass a financial literacy quiz?
Sara works full-time at the Big Save store and earns $2,500 a month. Who pays the contributions to Social Security on the $2,500a month Sara earns? The answer is both Sara and her employer, but if Sara is twenty-something, it’s entirely possible she doesn’t know that. The Treasury Department and the Department of Education have tested graduating high school students over the past three years using a 40-question exam called the National Financial Capability Challenge, and the statistics they’ve collected are not pretty – the average score has been 70%, with last year’s average dropping to 69%. Millennials, or twenty-somethings, also hold higher-than-average debt and have higher-than-average unemployment. Is the trend indicative of long-term damage to just a generation, or an entire economy? How can this be corrected?
Beth Kobliner (like airliner), a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and author of the bestselling book Get a Financial Life
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Former NFL agent Josh Luchs on football’s dirt off the field
The NFL draft takes place today (THURSDAY), and many football players spend years slogging it out playing college football before they reach the draft. College football can be a dirty game - on the field under the lights, yes, but also in the back rooms where agents, players and schools make verboten and clandestine deals involving players who aren’t supposed to be paid. But college sports is a big money game with millions upon millions in revenues for schools at stake… and it leads to an even more lucrative gravy train when athletes go professional. All this illegal activity is oft suspected but seldom disclosed. Former sports agent Josh Luchs spent years making these kinds of illegal deals with college players – buying trips, tickets, favors and more in order to entice players to agree be represented by Luchs when they went pro. Luchs was suspended by the NFL Players Association for his banned activities, and in his new book, Illegal Procedure, he spills the beans on the secrets of the trade and illuminates the unseen shady side of college sports. Is there a better way to distribute revenue from college sports? Should college players be paid? Is there any way to stop this kind of activity?
Josh Luchs (LUKES), former sports agent and author of “Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes clean on the Dirty Business of College Football” (Bloomsbury 2012)
2:06 – 2:19
US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher denied access to enter Afghanistan
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) was in a plane on the tarmac in Dubai, ready to head to Afganistan as part of a congressional delegation, when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called to request that he cancel his trip because Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had threatened to deny the entire delegation entry if Rohrabacher stayed on the plane. Rohrabacher, whose involvement in Afghanistan stretches back decades, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Secretary Clinton was respectful, but concerned that Rohrabacher’s presence would cause President Karzai to fan the tense fires of an already smoldering city, especially after recent reports of U.S. soldiers burning Korans, killing Afghan civilians, and urinating on dead bodies. Rohrabacher’s spokesperson, Tara Olivia Setmayer, told Politico.com that Rohrabacher “believes [Karzai’s] denial is based on [Rohrbacher’s] vocal opposition to Karzai,” as well as “Dana’s relationship with the former Northern Alliance leaders.” Rohrabacher ceded to the request, but has expressed deep concern about the U.S. government “walking on eggshells” around President Karzai, as well as the Afghan government’s refusal to give members of Congress access, especially considering the fact that they represent the American people, whose tax dollars are being used by that same government. Should Secretary Clinton have allowed Rohrabacher to continue on with the delegation? Should our tax money allow us open access to Afghan redevelopment?
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA’s 46th District (Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa), senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, denied entry into Afghanistan
2:20-2:40 – OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
What can be gleaned from the history of the home?
Did you know that Henry VIII slept on eight mattresses, and that he required that his servants roll on them to make sure no one had hidden daggers inside? Or that the common living room grew out of the chain of reception rooms found in medieval palaces – starting with the presence chamber (for receiving), followed by the privy chamber (for intimate friends of the king), and concluding with the withdrawing chamber (where the king could withdraw from company altogether)? The make-up of both the modern house and those of its ancestors reveal much about the social ideologies of its occupants. Join Patt and guest Lucy Worsley, chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces in England and author of “If Walls Could Talk,” to learn more about the history of the home.
Dr. Lucy Worsley, author of “If Walls Could Talk” and Chief Curator at the Royal Historic Palaces
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