Monday, August 6, 2012

Patt Morrison schedule for Tuesday, August 7, 2012


1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN


1:41:30 – 1:58:30

A new photography slide show features ‘out’ gay athletes
President Obama signed into law the repeal of the U.S. military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” that prevented homosexuals from openly serving in the military on December 22, 2010. In America, gay rights advocates have been making great strides in equality of sexual preference, and public perception is shifting to being more accepting of same sex marriage. But there is one aspect of American culture that has been very reluctant to accept gays, and that is the world of sports. Just try and name a single ‘out’ professional or collegiate football, basketball or baseball player. American artist Jeff Sheng created a new ten-minute video expedition that features photographs from over 150 lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual athletes that he hopes will change some entrenched ideas about gays in sports. The project is called “Fearless” and it is on display through the close of the 2012 summer Olympics in London. How can gay athletes feel free to be open about their sexuality in the world of competitive sports? Why is the sporting world so reluctant to accept gay athletes?

Jeff Sheng, photographer, artist and the creator of “Fearless”

2:06 – 2:19 - OPEN


2:21:30 – 2:39
Maintaining your personal space comfort zone on the bus

Different cultures have different comfort zones as far as personal space in public places. Americans generally prefer to keep a small buffer zone around them, which can lead to some interesting interactions in cramped places with lots of people like public trains and buses. Yale sociologist Esther Kim was studying these sorts of human interactions and decided to do a little research, so she rode coach buses for three years to gather data about the techniques people use to avoid each other in places where space is at a premium. She logged thousands of miles on buses and studied people’s habits and interviewed them about the kinds of techniques they use to keep the seat next to them empty. These strategies included things like avoiding eye contact, pretending to be asleep and employing something called “the hate stare.” How far will you go for a little extra space? How close is too close when it comes to strangers?

Guest: TBD


2:41:30 – 2:58:30
A job search from the other side of craigslist

With an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in the U.S, it’s not uncommon that job searchers are now taking to unorthodox methods to snag a job and beat out other applicants. But does anyone know the competition they’re up against? HR representatives and recruiters are swamped with applications, what does it take to actually land a job, or even an interview? Eric Auld, a partially-employed 26-year-old with a master’s degree went to craigslist, an internet classifieds website, to find the answer.  Auld decided to post a fictitious employment ad for an administrative assistant position in Manhattan to see the range of candidates that typically applied for jobs. “At 2:41P.M. on Friday — exactly 24 hours after I posted the ad — there were 653 responses in my inbox,” Auld wrote on Thought Catalog, where he posted his findings from the experiment. Auld said the test left him with one mantra in his job hunt, “No matter how much you want this job, there are 652 other people who want it, too.”


Eric Auld, contributor to McSweeney’s and Thought Catalog, lecturer in English at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA









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