PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Monday, May 14, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30 OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
Surveying the millennial job market: Do internships no longer lead to jobs?
A market research firm surveyed 225 American companies to see how many are hiring recent graduates, to identify what skills companies are looking for, and to survey where they’re finding prospective employees. The results were surprising. It turns out that companies rely more on job boards than social networks like LinkedIn when hiring recent graduates and that, even in an increasingly tech-savvy world, of all the things employers look for when hiring entry-level talent, it’s the so-called ‘soft skills’ that are valued most: communication, teamwork, flexibility and positive attitude, over hard technical skills. More than half of the companies surveyed feel their talent needs have changed over the past two years. The study also found that companies expect students to have internships, even though only half have hired interns in the past six months and most aren't hiring their current interns for full-time positions. Are you a recent graduate searching for a job? Or are you hoping a current internship will become a job? Call in with your experience and find out who’s hiring, what they’re looking for, and where they’re looking.
Dan Schawbel, founder of the market research firm Millennial Branding; he’s a Gen-Y expert and the author of Me 2.0
2:06 – 2:19
California is set for a big Facebook IPO tax payday
News of the Facebook’s impeding initial public offering (IPO) has those in the financial world speculating on exactly what will happen when the ubiquitous social media megacompany offers its first ownership shares to the general public on Friday (May 18th). One thing that’s for certain, though is that the cash strapped state of California stands to see a tax windfall from the event. Facebook’s 27 year-old CEO, Mark Zuckerberg owns 534 million shares of Facebook, and since the company is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA he will likely be looking at a state tax payout of $189 million after the IPO. Once the taxes from other Facebook insiders cashing in is added up, California stands to make hundreds of millions more. How much will Facebook’s IPO help California’s ailing economy? How can California convince other innovative and lucrative companies to set up shop in the Golden State?
2:21:30 – 2:39
James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”
When filming began on “Rebel Without a Cause,” Warner Brothers considered it nothing more than a B-movie about delinquent teenagers, allotting it the usual black-and-white stock. But along the way someone made the realization that the film’s lead actor, James Dean, was set for stardom, and the studio switched over to full-color. The film went on to earn a place in the country’s cultural history, as well as on the National Film Registry. While much of the praise and attention focused on Dean’s performance, the plot and subplots – which involves strained family relations, a certain kind of claustrophobia felt by white, disaffected suburban youth, homoeroticism, and questions about masculinity – tapped deep into a certain zeitgeist amongst American youth. Whether or not these themes remain relevant has been taken for granted, but a new art show co-curated by the actor, filmmaker and artist James Franco for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will likely bring these questions to the fore. In an interview with Flaunt magazine, Franco explained that his intent was to use “the original film as material inspiration and as a connection to the history of Hollywood [and] mass entertainment.” Franco commissioned pieces by artists like Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy, and Harmony Korine, and appears in many of the video works, including Korine’s reinterpretation of the film’s knife fight, using female gang members on BMX bikes. The exhibit, called “Rebel,” opens on May 15 and has already been both lauded and panned. What do you take from “Rebel Without A Cause”? Is the film still relevant? Will you be going to see the exhibit?
James Franco, actor, filmmaker and artist; Franco has just co-curated a group show about “Rebel Without a Cause” for MOCA here in Los Angeles, which opens 5/15.
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
The aerospace industry is taking off in China
China has announced a plan to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars on the aerospace industry. Their airlines are expected to triple in fleet size over the next ten years, which means big business for Airbus and Boeing. But the Chinese are looking to the future and want to produce their own airplanes. Their ambitious plan is reminiscent of America’s transcontinental railroad in the nineteenth century. Why are two-thirds of the new airports in the world being built in China? Is this a test for China’s hopes for modernization and innovation in other industries? How will this affect aviation in the United States and the rest of the world? Is China looking to rule the skies?
James Fallows, national correspondent, “The Atlantic”; author, China Airborne
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