Monday, May 21, 2012

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:30 - OPEN



1:30 – 1:58:30

POM  (not so) Wonderful? How to navigate the world of false advertising

A federal judge has ordered POM Wonderful to halt all claims of health benefits for its pomegranate juice after expert witnesses testified in court that the juice is not proven to treat or prevent the diseases mentioned in POM's advertising, such as heart disease and prostate cancer. Just last week, the shoe company Sketchers agreed to pay $40 million to consumers who purchased its Shape-Up shoes under the mistaken belief that they would give you a body like Kim Kardashian. What can and can’t advertisers say? You’ve seen the advertising – how do you navigate the world of false claims and the promise of a healthier, more beautiful you?




TBD, Truth in Advertising, a consumer advocacy group based in Connecticut



2:06 – 2:30

Should it be legal to videotape the police?
When Christopher Sharp used his cell phone camera to document a police beating of his friend at Maryland’s Pimlico horse racing track at the 2010 Preakness he wound up thrusting himself into the middle of a growing debate between civil rights and police policy. After taping the incident, police officers seized his cell phone and destroyed all videos on it before returning it to him. Sharp sued for damages and injunctive relief to force authorities to create a clearer policy on videotaping. Last week, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) declared that citizens have a constitutional right to videotape police activity in order to provide a level of accountability. But many police officers feel that being videotaped jeopardizes their safety. The Baltimore Police Department recently issued clarification on the right to shoot video of police activity, but the DOJ says the new policy doesn’t go far enough. How far do First Amendment rights go when it comes to videotaping police action? How far is too far when it comes to privacy at work?  

ACLU representative

Police representative



2:30 – 2:58:30

Travel writer Paul Theroux on the clash of ideals and reality in sub-Saharan Africa

If you’ve ever dreamt of dropping everything and moving to an exotic location to start a new life or to find a new purpose, you’ll probably be interested in the story put forth in award-winning author Paul Theroux’s new book “The Lower River.” In his latest novel, Theroux, who is probably best known for writing “The Mosquito Coast,” tells the story of protagonist Ellis Hock, the manager of a Massachusetts men’s clothing store who years ago lived and worked in a remote Malawi village as a member of the Peace Corps. After his marriage falls apart, Hock decides to uproot himself and return to that same village. Upon his return, Hock is shocked to discover the lower river community that he fondly remembers in a desperate condition. Listen in as Patt interviews Paul Theroux about his book and the clash between ideals and reality in sub-Saharan Africa.



Paul Theroux, travel writer, author of “The Mosquito Coast;” his new novel is “The Lower River”






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