Patt Morrison for May 24, 2006

Exit Exam reinstated?

The California State Supreme Court just reinstated the state's high school exit exam as a requirement for graduation. But what will this mean for the 47,000 students who did not pass? LA Times reporter Joel Rubin and KPCC education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez fill Patt in with the details.

Pet Friendly Legislation

Dogs and cats will be safer now. Yesterday the House approved legislation mandating state and local preparedness offices to take pets into account when drafting emergency preparedness plans. The bill's sponsor,,US Representative from California' 12th District, Tom Lantos, joins Patt.

Who Wields the Power in Iran?

Unlike in the US, the president of Iran is not the commander-in-chief, and instead of issuing vetoes his resolutions can be vetoed by clerics who hold more power. Given the complicated power structure inherent in a theocratic republic, where some officials get their power from the people and some derive their legitimacy from a "divine source", who's in charge in Iran? Perhaps more importantly - who should Washington negotiate with, President Ahmadinejad, or Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei? To shed some light on the issue Patt speaks with Abbas Milani, co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Juan Cole, professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Michigan.

Iran Awakening

Shirin Ebadi is a lawyer, human rights activist, writer and dissident, who is internationally known for speaking on behalf of her native Iran. In 2003, she became the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In her memoir, Iran Awakening (Random House), Ebadi tells the remarkable story of her personal and professional life, from her girlhood in a modest Tehran household, to her success as an accomplished female jurist. Host Patt Morrison talks with author Shirin Ebadi about her book, her country and her hopes for the future.
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