Monday, June 18, 2012

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19 OPEN


1:21 – 1:39

The Feds strike out against Clemens

Barry Bonds was convicted on one of four counts of obstruction of justice last year. John Edwards was recently acquitted on one count and the jury could not reach a verdict on the other five counts related to his campaign finance fraud case. And now Roger Clemens walks after he was tried for obstruction and lying to Congress. Is this just another case of federal prosecutors trying to go after high profile people? Are these trials good use of taxpayer dollars? Should matters that involve major league baseball be settled by MLB? The federal government has struck out again.





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

The coming Kickstarter boom… and bust

Whether they’re funding documentary films, art or apps, crowdfunding projects on sites like Kickstarter can quickly raise money for things that don’t exist yet. The major successes are few so far, but some, like musician Amanda Palmer’s campaign for her new album, have broken the million dollar mark. That’s great news for creative types everywhere. The choice between artistic license and money and fame isn’t so stark. But the crowdfunding revolution could be terrible news for the economy, argues Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias. Play these successes out a decade or two, and all the aspiring writers who would have traded their dreams for law school and a paycheck are earning less, contributing less to government coffers and slowing GDP. That could lead policymakers to act rashly to try to get the economy back on track. Should we celebrate the Kickstarter revolution? Or fear the coming recession?





2:06 – 2:19

The Outsourced Self with Arlie Hochschild

You know that phrase, my life is in your hands? We’re paying people to make that true. You can hire people to bear your child, to plan your wedding and to coach your entire life. Are we now asking the question, how much of our lives should we outsource? As lives become busier and more stressful, and the competition for our attention stronger, people have grown accustomed to turning to strangers on the internet to fulfill roles traditionally filled by friends, family and ourselves. From renting a grandma to hiring a ‘wantologist’  to “help you name your goals,” UC Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild explores the growing service-for-pay industry that tackles responsibilities that were once too personal to be accomplished by anyone else. Turning to the free-market can save time and make lives simpler, but is it worth it?



Arlie Russell Hochschild [HOKE-shield], professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Author of “The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times,” as well as “The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home” and “The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work.”


2:30-2:40 -  OPEN


2:41:30 – 2:58:30

What words define the 2012 election?

What’s been some of the most effective language of this election cycle? Patt sits down with linguist George Lakoff for a teachable moment on political language.




George Lakoff, Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the UC Berkeley and author of The Political Mind, Don’t Think of an Elephant, Moral Politics, Whose Freedom, and Thinking Points — as well as many books on the brain, mind, and language



Lauren Osen

Southern California Public Radio - 89.3 KPCC

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


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