Patt Morrison for November 12, 2007

Environmental Disaster in San Francisco Bay a Criminal Act?

Last Wednesday at 8:30am in a heavy fog, the cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the base of a tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge's western span. It wasn't until later that day - close to 5pm - that the full ramifications of the ship - bridge collision were realized: At least 58,000 gallons of fuel had spilled into the San Francisco Bay, and the Coast Guard started a tardy cleanup process. By that point oil had soaked the beaches of the Bay, and by this weekend at least 200 birds had died as a result of the oil spill. Criticism of the delayed response to the oil spill is growing, and today a criminal investigation has been opened against the ship's crew and its owners. There's no doubt that the oil spill is an environmental disaster, but was the initial collision a criminal act? * Debra Hersman, board member of the National Transportation Safety Board, on scene NTSB coordinator in the San Francisco Bay. * Linda Sheehan, executive director of California Coast Keeper Alliance; board member of the California Office of Spill Prevention & Response * Amy Standen: Reporter for KQED covering this story

Director Delbert Mann Dies

Delbert Mann, who directed Paddy Chayefsky's classic teleplays "Marty" and "The Bachelor Party" and then transformed them into big-screen triumphs, has died. He was 87. Guest host Oscar Garza talks with film expert Leonard Maltin about his life and work. They also talk about actor Lorraine Day who died yesterday. * Leonard Maltin: Film Critic and Historian for Entertainment Tonight

California Team Wins Top Science Honor

Winning a chance to go on to the national finals and compete for the top $100,000 scholarship prize, cousins Sarah Waliany and Shelina Kurwa won the team honors at the regional level in the Siemens Competition, held at CalTech this weekend. The team spent close to two years working on their bioengineering research on breast cancer, which was described by a competition judge as "publishable, graduate level work." Sarah and Shelina talk with guest host Oscar Garza about their work. * Shelina Kurwa, a senior at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena. * Sarah Waliany, a junior at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge

Chris Elliott and Into Hot Air

In a follow up to his bestselling book, The Shroud of the Thwacker, Emmy-Award winning comedian and author Chris Elliott returns with an outdoor escapade about climbing the world's tallest mountain. In a parody of classic survival adventures, disaster movies, celebrity activism and reality TV, Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest, tells the story of Elliott and a group of amateur climbers who dare to brave nature's dangerous terrain in order to find out the truth about who really was the first person to reach the mountain's peak. Elliott joins guest host Oscar Garza to talk about his career in comedy and his latest work. Chris Elliott will be at Barnes and Noble on the 3rd Street Promenade tonight at 7:30 p.m. * Chris Elliot, comedian, actor, and author, Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest

Title IX: 35 Years of Change

Patt Morrison travels to sports powerhouse UCLA, for a round-table discussion of Title IX and its impact on athletics for men and women over the last 35 years. Title IX, a federal law passed in 1972, marked a sea-change in high school and college sports programs. It has been praised for breaking barriers down for women, and criticized for eliminating opportunities for men. Patt and her guests will discuss the law's successes and the unintended consequences of its implementation. The program is the second in KPCC's "College Tour," a series of Patt Morrison and AirTalk remote broadcasts this fall exploring various issues in higher education. * Diana Nyad, weekly columnist on NPR's "All Things Considered" and a business reporter for "Marketplace". Diana holds the world record for the longest swim in history, for both men and women, at 102.5 miles. From 1969-1979, she was known as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and has broken numerous records, including the 50-year-old mark for circling Manhattan Island in 7hrs and 57min. And in 2006 Diana was honored with an induction in the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. * Sue Enquist, former head softball coach for UCLA. She is also UCLA's first All-American, Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Hall of Fame Inductee and has been a part of 11 National Championships. She is currently the Director of Major Gifts for UCLA's Athletics External Relations Office. * Eric Pearson, Chairman of the College Sports Council, a national coalition of coaches, athletes, parents, and sports alumni working to prevent the elimination of collegiate sports teams. Mr. Pearson is a former coach of the Princeton University varsity wrestling team. Since Title IX was enacted, wrestling has become one of the most frequently dropped sports in college athletics. * Peter Vidmar , Olympic gold medalist and former UCLA gymnast. He is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. Title IX was the primary reason funding was withdrawn from the men's gymnastics program and was officially shutdown in 2000. * Anita Ortega, one of the "Bruin Elite" in women's basketball, she was an integral part of UCLA's 1978 National Championship team and went on to earn All-Pro honors in the women's professional basketball league. She is currently a captain in the LAPD, and is one of the highest-ranking women in the department.
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