Patt Morrison will be on-air in its normally scheduled time slot from 1pm-3pm.
1:21 – 11:40
California has some of the worst response times for veterans’ benefit claims
Disabled United States veterans in metropolitan areas face some of the longest response times in the country for decisions on war-related disability claims. An investigation by The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently revealed that while the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes an average of eight months nationally to respond to a claim, in cities like New York, most veterans wait a year or longer. Here in California, wait time averages more than nine months, with the administrations in San Diego and Los Angeles vying for the title of ‘longest to respond.’ For comparison, it takes the V.A. in South Dakota an average of less than six months to respond to a claim. Since 2012, the V.A. has seen the number of new claims filed annually increase by 48%, but the number of claims representatives has only increased by five percent.
Aaron Glantz, reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
NPR programming VP reveals disturbed childhood in ‘Giving Up the Ghost’
Many teenagers feel like outcasts, pariahs and misfits, but in his book “Giving up the Ghost,” NPR’s vice president for programming’s Eric Nuzum reveals that his teen years were so disturbingly disenfranchising that he found himself on the brink of suicide. The subtitle of Nuzum’s book concisely sums up the contents: “A Story About Friendship, ‘80s Rock, A Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted.” Nuzum credits his friend Laura with giving him a reason to not end his own life during his tumultuous formative years and is also thankful to his mother for insisting he check himself into a mental hospital. In his account of his younger years, Nuzum also describes how his very real emotional struggles manifested in the hauntingly surreal form of a ghost who visited his dreams. Listen in as Nuzum recalls his demons and explains how he made it out alive.
Eric Nuzum [NOO-zum], vice-president for programming at NPR; author of the memoir “Giving Up The Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted”
2:06 – 2:19
Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech
The stakes were high last night as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally took the podium to deliver his speech accepting the party’s nomination. Was he able to deliver the clear and concise vision for America’s future that many analysts and voters have said he lacks? Patt checks in on the contents of Romney’s speech, as well as his delivery.
Dr. Jack Brown, physician and Body Language Expert; he writes the blog
2:21:30 – 2:39
New law makes DIY food legal to sell (PENDING APPROVAL ON FRIDAY)
If you’ve every baked or eaten a homemade brownie so good you’d be willing to pay for it, you’re in luck. A new bill moving its way through the California legislature would make it legal for do-it-yourself bakers to sell home-cooked foods. Current laws prevent food prepared in anyplace other than a commercial kitchen to be sold, except in the venerable fundraising bake sale. Home cooked food is a huge industry in the more than 30 others states that already have ‘Bakers Bills’ on their books – to the tune of annual sales of $100 million in West Virginia alone. In trying economic times, the ability for people to sell their home-cooked foods directly to consumers has provided a much needed source of extra income for people who know their way around a cookie sheet or bread oven. California’s bill would still come with regulations, however; permits would still be required, foods would have to be labeled as homemade, ingredients could not include meat or cream and would have to be listed, and gross yearly sales could not exceed $35,000, although that ceiling would rise to $50,000 in 2015. Anyone selling directly to consumers would also have to register with local health departments and take courses in food handling. Food safety experts are less optimistic and cite concerns about the kinds of conditions and possible contaminants in home kitchens. Would you eat a blueberry scone cooked in a kitchen in a home with a sick child or unruly pet? Should Californians be able to sell brownies make at home? Would you buy them?”
Michael Gatto, (GAHT-oh), Assemblyman for the 43rd Assembly District (representing the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles, including Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys); co-sponsor of AB1616, California’s proposed ‘baker bill’
Mark Stambler, home baker who was making as many as 50 loaves of bread a week before the Los Angeles County Health Department ordered him to stop
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Jason Alexander, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, and comedian; best known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld, appearing from 1989 to 1998
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