PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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1:06-1:30 – OPEN
1:30 – 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 with versions of this question on 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
2:06 – 2:40
Teaching and talking to children and teenagers about the Los Angeles riots
A sizable number of Angelenos weren’t even born when the riots occurred 20 years ago – for them it’s old news – scratch that, it’s history. How do schools teach the lessons of this defining event to the children of people who witnessed it firsthand? It’s not easy to have a substantive conversation with children and adolescents about abstract concepts like violence and racism, so how does one begin to teach or talk about the 1992 L.A. riots? The Los Angeles Unified School District does not have a set curriculum in place to teach this portion of L.A.’s history, but we’re guessing that many Patt Morrison listeners and individual educators have their own approaches. Join us with your comments and questions as we talk with photographer Gary Leonard and his then fourteen-year-old son, artist David Leonard, about their unique experience photographing the events in the weeks between April 29 and May 9, 1992, as well as several educators who teach the riots in their classroom. How do you remember explaining what was happening to your children at the time? If you were a child or teenager, what do you remember understanding?
Gary Leonard, photographer; director, "Take My Picture" gallery; columnist, LA Observed; father
David Leonard, media artist, photographer, and son
*On April 29 from 12 to 5 p.m., Gary Leonard and his son, David Leonard, will display works as part of “Parker Center,” their LA Riots retrospective at the Take My Picture gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.
Jerry Freedman, AP U.S. History teacher, LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA)
Donald Singleton, teacher, Dorsey High School
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
A.J. Jacobs and the quest to become the healthiest man in the world
After undertaking a Herculean spiritual journey in The Year of Living Biblically and a mental one in The Know-It-All, it was only fitting that A.J. Jacobs focus on the body for his newest book Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. Following a run-in with tropical pneumonia, Jacobs set out on a quest to become the healthiest person on Earth. The thought of not being around long enough to see his three sons grow up propelled him to examine his body which he described as a “mushy, easily-winded, moderately sickly blob.” For Jacobs it wasn’t a matter of just losing weight but a complete retooling of his physique. His effort to rework his body from stem to stern led him to subject himself to dozens of experiments, diets, and exercise regimens. In pursuit of healthiness, he consulted a legion of medical experts – everything from nutritionists to sleep consultants. He bought all sorts of exercise equipment, gadgets, and juicers. All was part of an effort to distinguish what really works from medical myths. He divulges all with Patt. What’s your routine? What diets have you tried and realized were a waste of your time? How do you make sure you’re healthy?
, senior editor, ; author of Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
*A.J. Jacobs will be at Vromans tonight at 7 p.m.
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