Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Patt Morrison schedule for Wednesday, August 15, 2012


1:06 – 1:30  - OPEN



1:30 – 1:39
Officials have proof that there is a mountain lion in Griffith Park
Los Angeles’ unique topography with mountains, oceans and deserts can bring residents into close proximity with nature, and that is most certainly the case for P-22, a 3-year old male mountain lion who is currently residing in Griffith Park. Residents near the park have long told stories of big cats in the area but until a remote-controlled camera got a picture of P-22 in February there was no definitive proof. National Park Service biologists suspected that to get to Griffith Park, the 140-pound cat would had to have crossed freeways and traversed populated areas. Recently, officials trapped the big cat, placed a radio collar on him and ran preliminary genetic analysis that determined that he is related to big cats in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. P-22 is still young and experts believe that Griffith Park’s eight square miles do not provide a large enough habitat for an animal of his size and that he will likely try to leave the park in search of better hunting and mating opportunities. To leave, P-22 will have to cross more freeways, putting him in danger of being hit by traffic. How should the Park Service deal with wildlife like mountain lions in our urban environment? 

Joanne Moriarty,
biologist for the National Park Service



1:41:30 – 1:58:30 – OPEN


2:06 – 2:19
Expensive cars aren’t faring well in crash tests

Some of the fanciest cars on the market are flunking a new crash test. BWM, Mercedes, and Lexus received poor marks on a new type of safety test, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Only three of the 11 2012 luxury brand models tested passed the new test, which is designed to simulate an off-center, head-on collision with an object such as a pole or a tree. Some experts think that if luxury cars perform poorly, the more modestly priced models are also likely to suffer from bad results. Is your high-end car not the safety investment you thought it was when you signed on the dotted line? With over 10,000 reported deaths from head-on collisions each year, does this new test expose a safety flaw in cars that could ultimately result in thousands of lives saved?

Dan Neil,
automotive columnist for the Wall Street Journal




2:21:30 – 2:39  – OPEN




2:41:30 – 2:58:30

‘The Honest Truth’ about why we lie

Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? Under what conditions are you most likely to cheat? Does working with others make us more or less honest?  These are questions that behavioral economist Daniel Ariely dove into with over 30,000 people. He learned that most of us think of ourselves as honest, but in fact, we all cheat. With his research he also disproved the general assumption that cheating, like most other decisions, is tied to some rational cost-benefit analysis. According to Ariely’s findings, it's actually much more dependent on irrational forces—like whether we’re tired or hungry, or we’re suffering from “ego depletion”—that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. He also found that once we start cheating, it’s more difficult to stop. 



Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University; his latest book is “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves”





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