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Airtalk for Monday, October 8, 2012 -- Patt Morrison guest hosts for Larry Mantle


Monday, October 8, 2012


KPCC’s Patt Morrison guest hosts for Larry Mantle


11:06 –11:39

11:30 –11:51:30
Topic:  Sports fans love to hate: Whether it’s the Giants and the Dodgers, Raiders and the Broncos, or Duke and North Carolina, rivalries are a treasured part of sports. But does the joy come from watching you team emerge victorious or is it seeing the team you despise the most lose? Is it because you’re not a fan of the Celtics moldy green uniforms? Or maybe Kobe Bryant’s standoffish personality rubs you the wrong way? Are you rooting for your team to win? Or do you just want your rival to lose? What does that say about your personality? Does that make you a good fan, but a bad person? Some say that sports fandom is based on a shared experience. Others say that it is rooted in tribal times when we were warriors protecting their own. One thing is certain; sports fans love to hate.

Guests:  TBD

11:51:30 – 11:58:30
Topic:  The search for Richard III’s skeleton: For centuries after the Battle of Bosworth Field and the end of the War of the Roses, the slain body of King Richard III went missing after a hasty burial. 527 years later, a team of archaeologists started digging under a parking lot in Leicester, England, hoping to find the ruins of a medieval monastery. Instead, they found a skeleton with the remnants of a metal arrow in its back, a severe injury to the skull and a deformed spine, consistent with historical accounts of Richard III. Finding the skeleton, however, was the easy part. In order to prove that the skeleton could have belonged to the King, genetic samples of the bones and a living heir of Richard III need to be compared to see if to see if the skeleton belonged to the fallen King. John Ashdown-Hill, a historian and member of Britain’s Richard III Society, traced the lineage of the king 527 years, from Anne of York, Richard III’s older sister, to 55-year-old Michael Ibsen, a Canadian furniture maker, who, as most furniture makers, had no idea that he could be linked to the last English Plantagenet King.

Guest:  John Ashdown-Hill, historian and member of Britain's Royal Historical Society, and author of “The Last Days of Richard III”

Guest:  Michael Ibsen, Canadian furniture maker, living descendant of Richard III

12:06 – 12:19
Topic: Who deserves a Nobel Prize? Sports fans have the Olympics and the Superbowl; film buffs have the Oscars, music lovers the Grammys.  But for the followers of dark matter, single-molecule spectroscopy and nuclear hormone receptors, Nobel Prize week is the most exciting time of the year. The fun starts this Monday morning with the announcement of the Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine, and continues throughout the week with physics, chemistry, peace, economics and literature.  In the days leading up to the announcements, prominent scientists, journalists and pundits have been speculating as to who should receive the coveted prize in each field. For medicine this year, the money seems to be on a Japanese team that has made major advances in stem cell research. Physics geeks are lobbying for the team behind the “God particle” or the inventor of transformation optics – a weirdly nifty theory involving warped space-time and light-bending that could explain Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. And then there’s the biggie: the Nobel Peace Prize, often the subject of controversy, as in 2010’s selection of President Barack Obama. Of course, like any other competition, the road to the Nobel can be fraught with political intrigue, professional rivalries, jealousy and backstabbing. And there can be a number of stumbling blocks along the way. Who would you like to see win a Nobel this year?  What major accomplishments in science, literature, economics and world peace have gone unrecognized by the respective Nobel Committees? Who deserves the recognition – and who doesn’t?

Guest: Peter Doherty, Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Nobel Laureate and author of “The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: Advice for Young Scientists” (Columbia University Press)

For web:

[for the web preview]:  Who deserves a Nobel prize, and why?  Weigh in on our survey, and listen in when Patt Morrison shares your suggestions on Monday’s Airtalk.

12:21 – 12:39
Topic: Can your digital life corrupt your physical health and livelihood? As social media sites like Facebook become increasingly popular, our social lives are becoming increasingly digital. For some, virtually all of their social interaction revolves around using social media through the Internet. Such prolonged digital socializing is possibly affecting our lives in ways we don’t even realize. A series of new research studies from professors at Columbia University suggest that prolonged use of social media can have adverse effects on our behavior and our health. Specifically, the studies indicate that people who spend more time on Facebook are more likely to have lower self-control, more credit-card debt, unhealthy diets, and to give up on difficult tasks more quickly. How healthy is it to let our social lives be dominated by social media? Is the widespread use of social media the first step on a path toward living exclusively digital lives with little or no real human interaction?

Guest: Andrew Stephen, (Co-Author of the study, full title to come)

Topic: Lynn Povich on the story of a newsroom uprising at ‘Newsweek’: Gender discrimination became legally prohibited following the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but that didn’t (and doesn’t) mean that such mistreatment was eradicated. Discrimination toward women was still rampant at the offices of “Newsweek” in the 1960s. All of the magazine’s writers and reporters were men while women were lucky if they were promoted to simply be researchers or fact checkers. After years of struggling for equal treatment, the women of “Newsweek” finally sued management – twice. Journalist and author Lynn Povich, who became the first female Senior Editor in the magazine’s history in 1975, recounts the events that culminated in a revolution for women in her book “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.” Listen in as guest host Patt Morrison gets the inside scoop from fellow journalist Lynn Povich.

Guest: Lynn Povich, author, “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace” (PublicAffairs); and the first ever female Senior Editor at “Newsweek.”



Karen X Fritsche
Producer - AirTalk with Larry Mantle
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