Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE for Thursday, August 30, 2012

11:06 – 11:19




11:23 – 11:39

Why Millennials need to start getting it on

The recession impacted the life of Americans far and wide, but perhaps no group was hurt harder than the Millennial generation. Generation Y has entered a job economy that’s forced them to postpone marriage, and delay purchasing homes and cars, but their lack of economic growth has also led a decline of birthrates compared to past generations. The Great Recession essentially led to a pause button on adulthood for Millennials, according to The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson, and has led to declines of purchases on everything from diapers to pregnancy kits, child care and education.




Steve Williams, reporter for Bloomberg


Wolfgang Lutz , Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital



11:41:30 – 11:58:30

Is fat the new gay?

Are they born that way? Is it a lifestyle choice? These are common questions surrounding the cultural acceptance of homosexuality, an acceptance that has evolved significantly in the last half-century. But they also apply to another cultural phenomenon that touches us all: the obesity epidemic. With the appearance – and ridicule – of obese New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the GOP Convention this week, the obesity question is now front and center: Do we as a society accept people as obese? Do we wish to enact laws – societal priorities – to “cure” the obese as was once thought acceptable for homosexuals? Would we ever accept an obese person as a national leader, a position that has required a telegenic and photogenic aesthetic since the dawn of mass media?


Paul Campos, professor and contributor to Salon


James Rainey, LA Times Reporter



2:06 – 2:19




2:21:30 – 2:39

How much money will California really lose due to pot dispensary closures?          

Two days ago the Huffington Post issued the following headline: “Obama’s War on Weed in California: Cannabis Crackdown Has Dire Economic Consequences.” But how dire are the circumstances? Is marijuana really an under-utilized cash cow in a debt-ridden state? Over the last few years, with the legalization of medical marijuana and the opening of thousands of dispensaries statewide, California has had the opportunity to test this theory. What are the results? That depends on what side you talk to: millions of dollars in taxes, or rising crime and the bills that come along with policing that crime. For some, the Obama administration’s recent decision to crack down on California is driving a lucrative business with plenty of legal employees out of state, including out of the city of Los Angeles, where the L.A. City Council voted that all dispensaries be shut down by September 6th. But is the medical marijuana industry responsible for bringing in as much as proponents claim? How much potential revenue does California really stand to lose?



Mark Lacter, contributing writer for Los Angeles Magazine and writes the business blog at LA



Betty Yee, board member, California State Board of Equalization



2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Lisa Bloom fights for our sons’ futures

Lisa Bloom investigates why young men in the U.S. are medicated, suspended and expelled from schools at quadruple the rate of girls, incarcerated more than any other male group in human history and how parents can combat these problems in her new book,Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture”



Lisa Bloom, a National TV legal analyst and the New York Times bestselling author of “Swagger”






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