Patt Morrison for April 28, 2006

Groups Prepare for May 1 March

African-American and Latino leaders met today to announce their support for immigrant rights and to endorse a unified South LA delegation for the May 1st march. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze was there.

Joe Klein

Winning voters' trust has become a hard task for politicians. As the level of cynicism in Washington appears to rise, perturbed Americans of all ideologies are faced with a political framework in which relying on politicians seems to be a chancy gamble. Joe Klein has been immersed in politics for years and is aware of and familiar with the quirks, changes and deterioration of the system. He joins Patt to talk about his latest book, Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid (Doubleday). Joe Klein will take part in a panel discussion on The American Identity and will be signing books at the LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 29th, at 2 pm.

Central Library Fire

The history of the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles is one that is filled with notable characters and compelling drama. What seemed like the end on April 29, 1986 when an arson fire destroyed nearly 400,000 books and documents, turned out to be the chance for a new beginning as the renovated Central library reopened six years later. Patt Morrison and Los Angeles City Librarian Fontayne Holmes take a look back at the rich history of the library and the fire that nearly brought its ruin.

California Poet Laureate Al Young

T.S. Elliott wrote: "April is the cruelest month." Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has tried to change that by celebrating National Poetry Month as a way to focus attention on the art of poetry, our poetic heritage, and our living poets. Al Young, California’s poet laureate, joins Patt with his thoughts on the state of this literary form in our culture today. On May 3, 2006, Al Young will present "Once Upon a Time: Telling Stories Through the Arts", a new poem commissioned by the Education Division of the Music Center for the 27th Very Special Arts Festival. The event takes place at the Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave, in downtown Los Angeles. For more information visit: Music Center On May 27, 2006, the African American Cultural Museum will honor Al Young. The museum is located at 800 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles. For more information visit: African American Cultural Museum
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