1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Real crime in real time in 140 characters or less
Following police activity on radio scanners is a hobby with a long tradition. There are groups around the country devoted to this time-consuming hobby that allows residents of a community learn just what kind of untoward activity is happening in their neighborhoods. But the hobby has entered a new age with the arrival of social media websites like Twitter. Scanner enthusiasts now don’t just sit and wait for the hiss of the radio to bleat out a robbery or assault – when police activity occurs, they report, tweet and re-tweet what they’ve heard, in essence giving real time, real crime updates. The Los Angeles area alone has at least three active monitoring organizations on Twitter and a web based group called the Southern California Monitoring Association ties the whole thing together. Their motto: “In God We Trust – All Others We Monitor.” How can Twitter change the way people learn about crime? How can up-to-the second, crowdsourced crime reporting become a deterrent?
2:06 – 2:19
Predicting what lies ahead for Tropical Storm Isaac
Weather science has improved by leaps and bounds, but without the ability to see the future, it’s impossible to pinpoint where a hurricane will hit and with how much force. Current projections for Tropical Storm Isaac look bleak, with the possibility that the storm will hit a vulnerable and still earthquake-ravaged Haiti at hurricane strength and then move on towards Tampa, Florida, where the Republic National Convention is due to be held next week. Patt checks in on the path of the storm and the preparations being taken.
2:21:30 – 2:58:30 - OPEN
Consumers are ‘Overdressed’ for pennies on the high fashion dollar
Elizabeth Cline was your typical clothing consumer lured in by fashion trends, but sold on low prices. Cline was buying a new article of clothing every week until she realized how many tops, hoodies, and pants she had that she barely ever wore. It wasn’t until Elizabeth caught herself bringing home seven pairs of identical canvas flats at seven bucks a pair when she realized she had a real problem on her hands. In her book, “Overdressed,” Cline examines the accession of the cheap fashion market along with the decline of independent retailers, why we just can’t say no to the good old deal and steal, and how consumers can break away from the buy and toss cycle.
Elizabeth L. Cline, author, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion;” she has also contributed to New York Magazine, Popular Science, The New Republic and The Village Voice