Monday, April 30, 2012

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1-3 p.m.








1:06 – 1:39  OPEN



1:41 – 1:58
Has Wall Street changed? “Money, Power & Wall Street” airs tonight on Frontline

Forget whether or not the debt crisis is over—is a worse one coming? Sluggish job growth and poorer-than-expected corporate earnings still seem to be keeping market analysts on edge, with each tremor from the European Union adding to the anxiety. The American market has stabilized enough to be on par with other “emerging markets,” but is that enough, considering that our debt ratio is drastically higher than other countries in this bracket (like Russia and China)? How can we gain a vantage point to help us understand what happened in 2008 when we’re still so close to it, and are we doing enough to ensure it doesn’t happen again? “Here we are three years-plus after, and very little has changed, Phil Angelides, the former chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The PBS news program Fronline examines whether Congress or multi-billion dollar banks are running the country. Has new regulation helped? Are there provisions in place to ensure that the economic meltdown won’t happen again? If the EU succumbs to economic pressue, can the U.S. escape unscathed or is another financial crisis hovering on the horizon?



Phil Angelides, chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (2009-2011) and president of Riverview Capital Investments



2:06 – 2:30
Not getting enough sleep? The CDC says you’re not alone

The early bird may get the worm, but that bird may be suffering if it also burned the midnight oil. A new study released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that as many as one in three American civilian workers gets less than six hours of sleep per night - significantly less than the optimal recommended amount of seven to nine hours.  A chronic lack of sleep can lead to an array of health problems and dire consequences… and not just for the sleep-deprived. The study also found that those in the transportation sector are especially overtired - with 44 percent of truck drivers and 29 percent of taxi and limo drivers not getting enough rest, which the CDC says leads to roughly 20 percent of vehicle accidents. Not exactly reassuring statistics for a nation of people on the move. Do you get enough sleep? How does your performance and quality of life suffer without enough rest?

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at UCLA’s Neurology Clinic

Cathy Wong, naturopathic doctor and the Guide to Alternative Medicine at

Elizabeth Shannon, "Australia's Natural Sleep Reporter"

2:30 – 2:39  OPEN



2:41:30 – 2:58

Microsoft gets its own little Nook, but how will this impact the e-book business?
With Apple’s ubiquitous iPad popping up all over the place, it’s easy to forget about competing tablets and e-readers, but now that Microsoft is jumping into the market with a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s e-book business, consumers may pay more attention to the Windows-supported Nook in the near future. After the bookseller announced plans to spin off its Nook division in January, Microsoft has now claimed a 17.6 percent share in the digital device. The $249 color Nook has been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Barnes & Noble, with Nook sales reportedly increasing 43 percent last year. Despite its growth, the Nook has still struggled to keep up with’s Kindle as well as with competition served by tablet computers like Apple’s iPad. Will Microsoft’s involvement discourage loyal Nook fans from using the device or will the Windows software maker elevate Barnes & Noble’s e-reader to top-selling status? Also, Microsoft’s new Nook application for Windows 8 will allow consumers to read digital publications without the Nook, but won’t this hurt Nook sales?

Matt DeBord, KPCC’s business blogger, “The DeBord Report”
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