<em>Patt Morrison</em> is known for its innovative discussions of local politics and culture, as well as its presentation of the effects of national and world news on Southern California.
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Patt Morrison for January 5, 2012




A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011.
A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011.
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TSA’s new screening program is called PreCheck, but there's a tradeoff for those expedited security lanes: you have to let them run a background check on you. Is it worth it? Also, did you know that there were African slaves in the future United States even before there were pilgrims? Henry Louis Gates Jr. surveys the vast and sometimes paradoxical history of African Americans, next time at one o’clock.