Patt Morrison for June 14, 2006

Access to Guantanamo Denied

In the aftermath of three suicides at Guantanamo prison in Cuba, reporters from the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald were ordered by the office of Donald Rumsfeld to leave the island today. Carol Williams, the LA Times reporter who traveled on military transport from Gitmo to the U.S. this morning, joins Patt from her office in Miami with the story behind their removal.

Farm Update

More than 40 protesters were arrested yesterday as LA County sheriffs shut down the 14-acre South Central Farm. What might happen next? KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze joins Patt with an update on the latest developments.

Steinbeck Kin Win Rights to Books

A federal judge ruled in favor of a son and a granddaughter of author John Steinbeck in a legal battle over the rights to some of his first books. The ruling stated that copyright laws were written with the flexibility to accommodate authors such as Steinbeck, who couldn't have predicted when he wrote his first book in 1929 how valuable his works would become. According to the judge, the law permits authors or their heirs to terminate contracts and renegotiate deals. Patt speaks with the Mark Lee, attorney for Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle, and Jonathan Kirsch, publishing and intellectual property attorney here in Los Angeles, about the case.

35th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers

Thirty-five years ago, the New York Times published the Pentagon papers. With a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court sharply limiting the rights of whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon papers, joins Patt to talk about whistleblowers and civil liberties in this day and age.

World Cup Fever

Even as soccer moms are gaining clout as a political force, the sport has yet to catch on as a commercial interest in this country. With a strong U.S. team at the World Cup (despite their first loss), will the sport ever have the same commercial success stateside as football and basketball? Sports commentator Ron Rapaport joins Patt to discuss what success soccer has made in the U.S. and where it has fallen short. Also joining the conversation is Steven Cohen, co-host of the radio show World Soccer Weekly.
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