Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Patt Morrison for Thursday, May 24, 2012


Thursday, May 24, 2012

1-3 p.m.




1:06 – 1:30  OPEN


1:30 – 1:58:30

Are Google’s search results protected by the First Amendment?

Do you consider Internet search engines like Google to be publications that fall into the same category as newspapers and magazines or do you consider them to be utilities that provide services like gas or electric companies? This question lies at the heart of a growing debate over how search engines like Google should be regulated. If search engines are determined to be private publications, then they are protected by First Amendment free speech rights; however, if they are determined to simply be public service providers, then Google may be found guilty of providing biased services to consumers by unfairly using search algorithms to render “cooked” search results that favor Google and undercut competing firms. Lower court decisions in two cases, Search King, Inc. v. Google Technology, Inc. and Christopher Langdon v. Google Inc., have found Google to be protected under the First Amendment, but critics argue that Google is using its dominance as a search engine to monopolize other industries and crush its competitors in those markets. Should Google be free to manipulate search results or does the company have a responsibility to consumers to provide fair access to all businesses through its dominant search engine?



Eugene Volokh, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches free speech law, criminal law and tort law


Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)



2:06 – 2:30

Meet the meeting killers (and how to run a good meeting)

We all hate meetings, right? Make fun of them and make up excuses to dodge them? So why still have them? Are they just an excuse for donuts? According to a British study, officer workers spend an average of 4 hours per week in meetings, and they think half of that time is wasted. The Wall Street Journal recently profiled the personality types most likely to drag those on – the jokester, the dominator, the naysayer, and the rambler, complete with advice on how to cut down time spent in meetings, like setting a “no devices” rule or scheduling “tech breaks.” We’ve all been in meetings – what works, and what doesn’t?




Eli Broad, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder of two Fortune 500 companies, KB Home and SunAmerica; Author of “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking”

Jonah Lehrer, author of “How We Decide” and “Imagine: How Creativity Works”

Sue Shellenbarger, columnist, Wall Street Journal and author of “Meet the Meeting Killers: In the Office, They Strangle Ideas, Poison Progress; How to Fight Back”


2:30 – 2:39

The winner of “L.A.’s Next Sex Symbol” artwork contest will be seen by a lot of lucky people
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health wants to know what image of the City of Angels gets you in the mood. The artwork of ten lucky Angelenos will be chosen to appear on 1 million and one condom wrappers in the Health Department’s new “L.A.’s Next Sex Symbol” contest - with the goal of promoting safe sex and reducing new incidences of HIV in the Southland. Images of sports teams and city landmarks like the Hollywood Sign are prohibited… but who wants to see a picture of The Staples Center in the heat of the moment, anyway? What image might you submit to appear on a condom wrapper?

Guest: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health representative


2:41:30 – 2:58:30

‘Lizz Free or die’: we choose Lizz

Lizz Winstead’s introduction to the power of comedy cemented itself in 1984, when her dress got caught in a screen and was pulled up over her head as she hosted an air guitar final in Minneapolis. Winstead had nothing on underneath, and learned right then and there that the audience is either laughing with you or at you. “That night, so very early in my career, I developed a sense of confidence that an entire lifetime may not have taught me. I took a horrible moment and defined it in my terms.  And I defined it as funny.” Winstead, who eventually co-created Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, took that point of view and ran with it, deciding sometime around Desert Storm that media deserved the same satirical eye she so often turned on herself. In fact, you could say that without air guitar, The Daily Show would not have been born. Lizz joins Patt in-studio, make sure to call in with your own most embarrassing moments and questions!



Lizz Winstead, co-founder of the Daily Show and author of Lizz Free or die”









Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

626-583-5173 / 626-483-5278 @Patt_Morrison


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