Patt Morrison For January 24, 2012

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced award nominations today and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," with 11 nominations, and Golden Globe winner "The Artist," with 10, are the clear favorites this year.
Large Solar Flare Expected To Affect Earth

Here comes the solar storm (it's alright)

On Monday morning, the sun let loose a sort of stellar “hiccup” and sent into space a burst of extra energy in the form of a large solar flare and coronal mass ejection. These kinds of events are not terribly rare, but the unusual thing about this solar explosion was that it was aimed directly at all of us here on Earth.
Starbucks will start serving beer and wine in some formerly coffee-only hangouts. As much as people mock "the Starbucks experience," do you like it the way it is, or would you enjoy happy hour in grande and venti proportions?
Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address To Joint Session Of Congress
Amid one of the weakest economies in U.S. history, increasingly complicated international frictions, and of course, a presidential election year, President Obama’s imminent 2012 State of the Union address could be the most important speech he ever gives.

Lalo Alcaraz on being “pocho”

What does it mean to be Mexican-American? For some, it means you’re a “pocho” – neither “Mexican” nor “American” enough. Chicano artist, satirist and cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz has been poking fun at these ideas for decades, first as an editorial cartoonist for the LA Weekly and then as syndicated cartoonist and radio host of the “Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK.
Find an archived Episode: