Friday, August 3, 2012

Patt Morrison schedule for Monday, August 6, 2012

1:06 – 1:20



1:21 – 1:39

NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ Mars rover survives the ‘seven minutes of terror’ – so what next?
Shortly after 10pm PDT last night, NASA’s latest robotic Mars explorer hurtled through the Martian atmosphere and landed safely on the surface of Mars. Since leaving Earth in late November of last year, Curiosity had travelled roughly 150 million miles at nearly 13,000 miles per hour before arriving on the Martian surface. But it wasn’t easy, to get from interplanetary space to Mars’ red soil, Curiosity had to successfully complete an elaborate automated landing sequence that captured imaginations of Earthlings and gave scientists fits. Now that the perilous trip is over the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) - Curiosity’s official name - can begin its mission. Objectives for the $2.5 billion mission include a range of experiments designed to determine if Mars could have ever supported life. The one-ton unmanned rover will also study Mars’ climate and geology to set the stage for an eventual human mission to Mars. Is sending such an expensive and complicated piece of machinery to another planet worth the cost? How will humans reach Mars, and someday beyond?





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Olympics in Los Angeles: 1932, 1984, 2024?

In 1932, the Olympic Games in Los Angeles brought the first Olympic village for athletes, a victory podium for medal-winners and the debut of the first photo-finish camera in races. In 1984, the Los Angeles Games turned a profit of more than $200 million, the most financially successful Olympics in history. What would another Los Angeles Olympics bring to the city? Investment in infrastructure and green-lit transit projects around the city to prepare for an influx of visitors? Or heavy debt and venues that will sit empty soon after? Would you like to see the Olympics back in LA?





2:06 – 2:30

What should a therapist do with a patient like James Holmes?

James Holmes was being treated by a psychiatrist who warned University of Colorado officials about his behavior, according to one report, but no action was taken because Holmes began the process of dropping out of graduate school. The case has reignited a debate about when therapists or counselors should or should not breach doctor-patient confidentiality. Professionals are legally and ethically required to break confidentiality when they believe an identifiable victim is in imminent danger; however, making this determination can be a less than straightforward process. Whether or not a patient has a history of violence is often a key factor in deciding when to breach confidentiality, warn the appropriate parties, and possibly recommend that the patient be hospitalized. No therapist can predict a patient’s future behavior, but how should they go about determining whether or not to violate their patient’s confidence, if ever?



Art Caplan, head of the division of medical ethics at the NYU Langone medical center


2:30 – 2:39



2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney, could more in Hollywood turn red?

A look at whether Clint Eastwood’s recent endorsement of Mitt Romney could be an indication of the traditionally-liberal Hollywood scene supporting the Republican party in the futre. 




Ted Johnson, writes the “Wilshire and Washington” blog for Variety





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