PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Friday, June 22, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30 -- OPEN
1:30 – 1:39
A new story found in old Los Angeles Police Department bulletins
Just like you and I, Los Angeles policemen and women receive daily notices from their employer about what to be on the lookout for. These days the notices, or bulletins, might take the form of emails or radio calls, but from 1907 to at least 1958, they were handed out to staff on cheaply printed pulp paper. From the onset of the automobile, through World Wars I and II, prohibition, and into the era of organized crime, Los Angeles police were given instructions to watch for things like “girl bandits,” bank robbers, or even the simple bad habit of leaving animals hitched along streetcar tracks. The bulletins tell the story of a city known for a genre of crime that inspired Noir novels, and thanks to Getty archivists and volunteers at the Los Angeles Police Museum, they are being preserved and digitally scanned so that the story will stay available for years to come. Do you have members of the police force in your family that shared stories of crimes past? Have you visited the Police Museum and seen its collection?
Guest: Glynn Martin, director of the Los Angeles Police Museum
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Grammar pet peeves at work and online
When you’re looking for a job or applying to grad school, it’s always a good idea to double check the spelling and grammar of every email and letter you submit. But what about the rest of the time? Should we let split infinitives lie? What about me vs. I? Spelling errors or lapses in grammar may not matter much in quick texts and emails, but what about informal public spaces, like Twitter? Grammar nuts, share your pet peeves with us.
Guest: Karen North, Director, Annenberg Program on Online Communities, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
2:06 – 2:19
Paul Williams on staying alive in Hollywood
You may or may not know Paul Williams by name, but you definitely know his music. Williams wrote some of the larger hits of the late ‘70s, including “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” for the Carpenters, “Evergreen” for Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (which won an Oscar), and “An Old Fashioned Love Song” for Three Dog Night. Along with Kenny Ascher, Williams also composed the soundtrack for the Muppet Movie, including one of the most famous banjo ballads of all time, “The Rainbow Connection.” Over the course of a few short years, Williams racked up enough appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Muppets,” “The Love Boat,” “Hollywood Squares,” and even “Smokey and the Bandit” to be considered “a professional celebrity,” but – after coming to terms with substance abuse issues – retreated from the limelight. A new documentary, “Paul Williams: Still Alive” brings Williams to the fore once more. Director Stephen Kessler and Paul Williams join Patt to talk about music, the culture of Hollywood and celebrity, and how one man made it through.
Guests: Stephen Kessler, director of “Paul Williams: Still Alive” and Paul Williams, composer and musician
2:21:30 – 2:39
Is summer better in L.A. or N.Y.C.?
Patt’s counterpart on the East Coast joins her for one of their periodic duels of L.A. versus N.Y.C. This time, it’s summer here versus summer there. Here in Los Angeles we rock the movies in cemeteries and there’s always the Hollywood Bowl. Then again, New York’s got Shakespeare in the Park and The High Line. We’ve got our Dodgers, they’ve got their Yankees; we have road rage, they have fights on subways. What are your favorite things to do in L.A. and if you’re a transplant from the Big Apple, what do you miss?
Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s public affairs program “The Brian Lehrer Show”
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
U.S. Congressman John Lewis says ‘we must be the change we seek’ to revolutionize the world
In 1965, when John Lewis marched in the first of a series of black civil rights protests from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital, Montgomery, even he probably could not have predicted that he would eventually represent Georgia’s fifth district as a United States Congressman. It was on that first march, however, that Lewis and hundreds of other protesters were attacked by local and state police in what is now known as Bloody Sunday, a brutal event that galvanized Lewis to become a legendary civil rights activist and the public servant he is today. Lewis hopes to inspire others to follow in his footsteps to help make the world a better place with his new book, “Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” Lewis maintains that the best place to start when trying to revolutionize the world is with ourselves.
Congressman John Lewis, (D- GA) and former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)