Patt Morrison for June 22, 2006

Prison Guards Clout Disturbing

In a 34-page report on prison policy and operations, Special Master John Hagar, a federal court investigator, accused Governor Schwarzenegger of backpedaling on his efforts for prison reform and warned that California was returning to an era when union leaders were allowed to "overrule the most critical decisions" of prison administrators. Patt is joined in discussion by Chuck Alexander, Executive Vice President of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and Andy Furillo, reporter for the Sacramento Bee.

Puzzle-Master Will Shortz

Will Shortz, NPR puzzle-master and long time editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, joins Patt to talk about the new documentary Wordplay. Wordplay opens Friday in Los Angeles.

Western Movies Yesterday and Today

The classic western has been revered, attacked, mocked, dismissed and often imitated. But it continues to live strong. Actor James Russo is featured in one of the latest in the genre, an AMC original western with Robert Duvall called Broken Trail. Patt sits down with Russo to talk about the evolution of his career from his breakout role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and with Leo Braudy, professor at USC, about the iconic western movie. Broken Trail premiers on AMC in two parts: Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. PT

The Loh Life

Today's topic: In Sandra's Theory of the Humaniverse, she expands her ideas on human groups and spotlights the special characteristics of the Omega Man.
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