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Programs & Issues for the first quarter of 2008 Jan-Feb-Mar


It has been determined that the following subjects are of concern to the community and have been considered and addressed substantially by elected officials, community leaders, expert witnesses and the general public.


1.                  Cultural Affairs

2.                  Police & Public Safety

3.                  Parks & Recreation

4.                  Environment

5.                  Transportation

6.                  Fire Safety

7.                  Housing

8.                  Healthcare

9.                  Education

10.             Cultural Preservation


Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:




Which Way LA?, KCRW’s ongoing series on the issues that southern Californians care about, hosted by Warren Olney, airs Monday through Thursday, from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.





For the first time since 1970, there were fewer than 400 homicides last year in L.A., though the population is up by a million. It's hard to call that many killings good news, but the number is one third what it was in 1992. Also, late night talk shows are going back on the air but only one has a deal with the Writers' Guild.

Aired Wednesday, January 2, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger may be lucky that the New Hampshire primaries will distract attention from tomorrow’s message on the State of the State. Also, United Artists makes a deal with the writers. In other stories, lots of rain but no end to the drought.

Aired Monday, January 7, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The New Hampshire primaries crowded Schwarzenegger out of yesterday's news coverage, but the Governor might have been glad not to have the limelight. His address on the State of the State of California was a grim litany of problems he and the legislature have failed to resolve, resulting in a $14 billion deficit.

Aired Wednesday, January 9, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



When he was Governor, Ronald Reagan called on the legislature to “cut, squeeze and trim,” but California has never seen anything like the budget reductions proposed today by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Aired Thursday, January 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger is on TV to promote a no vote on four measures that would overturn contracts he made with four Indian tribes. The deals mean that some tribes could build casinos twice the size of the largest ones in Las Vegas. Also, the Sheriff of Orange County resigns from office.

Aired Friday, January 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Even next year’s television season is in trouble as studios cancel sixty-five contracts and threaten to cancel more. With the California primary three weeks away, Clinton’s ahead and four Republicans are all within the margin of error, but those who are undecided could change things in both parties.

Aired Tuesday, January 15, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Jessica’s Law against sexual predators passed last year with 70% of the vote in California. But for law enforcement, it could be an expensive nightmare. Tonight, presidential candidate Barack Obama and California’s Latino voters.

Aired Wednesday, January 16, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In just three weeks, the biggest state in the Union will weigh in on the Democratic and Republican candidates. But voting by mail has already begun, and it could exceed the turnout out on Election day. Also tonight, the Directors Guild has a three-year contract. What will that mean for the Writers Guild?

Aired Thursday, January 17, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



With just two weeks until Election Day, we hear the pros and cons of Prop 92, which would limit fees at California's community colleges.  Also, after just 14 months on the job, the Editor of LA Times is leaving. Was he fired? Finally, we talk to a veteran pilot about yesterday's collision of two small planes in Corona.

Aired Monday, January 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In two weeks, California voters will be faced with Proposition 93, which reduces the time Senators and Assembly members can stay in Sacramento. We’ll also look at California’s economy in light of a wild day on Wall Street and a rate cut by the Federal Reserve. Also, the writers’ strike, Screen Actors’ Guild and Oscars.

Aired Tuesday, January 22, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Mayor Villaraigosa’s diverse, blue-ribbon committee wants to make LA more business friendly by improving LAX, the Port of LA and city-owned land in South-Central. We’ll also look at Proposition S: a tax on telephones. On Reporter’s Notebook, why didn’t LA County Supervisors ban plastic shopping bags?

Aired Wednesday, January 23, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Four Southern California museums, including the LA County Museum of Art, were raided today by multiple federal agencies. It’s part of a 5-year investigation into looting, smuggling and fraud involving Asian antiquities and Native American gravesites.

Aired Thursday, January 24, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After a distant third-place showing in Florida, Rudy Giuliani is expected to endorse John McCain later today. On the Democratic side, John Edwards made this announcement today in New Orleans. Also, we hear about the Federal Reserve on interest rates and the Senate on a stimulus package.

Aired Wednesday, January 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Last night it was the Republicans, tonight it's the Democrats--in California for their last debates before they go almost nationwide next Tuesday. With just two Democrats left and just two Republicans with a real chance, will the debates make a difference? Will either nomination be decided any time soon?

Aired Thursday, January 31, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Tomorrow is the biggest day in the history of presidential nominations. More than 20 states will hold caucuses and primaries for both Republicans and Democrats. We sample political capitals all over the country to get a sense of what's in store.

Aired Monday, February 4, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In Tuesday’s elections, California voters approved four Indian gambling compacts. Everything else lost—including the initiative that would have kept leaders of the Assembly and Senate from being termed out of office. What will that mean for health insurance, the budget and other unresolved issues?

Aired Wednesday, February 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA County officials promise to count the votes of Independents who failed to fill in that bubble on Tuesday’s ballots. Why has a legislative leadership fight broken out in Sacramento? With all the talk of a settlement in the writers’ strike, why is it still a secret?

Aired Wednesday, February 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Network pollsters called it for Hillary Clinton at 9:15 on election night, but a week later the outcome could be in doubt. Also tonight, the writers’ strike appears to be over. On Reporter’s Notebook, the City of Berkeley battles the US Marines.

Aired Monday, February 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Last year Martin Luther King was shut down. Now Harbor-UCLA is in trouble, with the death of a patient attracting attention from federal inspectors. On Reporter’s Notebook, will the Hollywood Sign get some unwanted neighbors: five luxury homes on the same mountain?

Aired Tuesday, February 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The white band of rock and sand above the water on Lake Mead is getting bigger and bigger. A marina’s been moved, and more islands are popping up. The latest study says Mead and other reservoirs could effectively dry up in just thirteen years.

Aired Tuesday, February 14, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



One hundred forty-three million pounds of beef have been recalled from a meatpacking plant in Chino where videotape showed that sick animals became part of the food supply.  Most of the meat has already been eaten.

Aired Monday, February 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In the Communist Party press today, Castro announced the end of an era although it’s uncertain what will happen next. We’ll talk to a reporter about the response he got when he spread the word on the streets of Havana. In Miami, we’ll get the reaction of a new generation.

Aired Tuesday, February 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The State’s budget deficit may be larger than Governor Schwarzenegger thought it was when he proposed cutting parks, education and aid to the aged, blind and disabled. Is it time to get serious about tax breaks and loopholes that favor the rich at the expense of the poor?

Aired Wednesday, February 20, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



School districts around the state say they will increase class sizes, lay off teachers, and even close some of their schools. With a deficit of $16 billion, Schwarzenegger wants to reduce education spending by $4.8 billion over two years. LA Unified  will face its biggest shortfall in history.  What could that mean?

Aired Thursday, February 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



At the state convention this weekend in San Francisco, the likely GOP nominee for president absent, as was the Republican Governor, re-elected last year despite his complaint that his party is “dying at the box office.” On Reporter’s Notebook, independent bookstore Dutton’s in Brentwood bites the dust.

Aired Monday, February 25, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The ice packs where polar bears live and hunt during winter are shrinking, and the bears can’t find food on the land. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says they should be put on the Endangered Species List, but that action has been delayed well beyond what the law requires.

Aired Monday, February 25, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LAPD says law enforcement can’t rid the city of 40,000 gang members, but this year’s bare bones budget will fund more cops even if that means cuts. Anti-gang programs are scattered with no clear mandate for goals or objectives. After a recent gunfire near downtown last week, we’ll ask about improvement.

Aired Wednesday, February 27, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Now that the freeways are clogged, local officials want to convert some surface streets into thoroughfares during rush hour. Olympic and Pico on LA’s West Side are the first to be chosen. But as opening day gets closer and closer, residents and businesses are up in arms, and the distance covered is getting shorter.

Aired Thursday, February 28, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The state deficit has gone from 14 to 16 billion dollars. Neither Democrats nor Republicans like Schwarzenegger’s budget, which would cut almost 5 billion from education alone. On Reporter’s Notebook, 48 state parks are slated for closure—at a savings of 13 million. We’ll hear from the campaign to keep them open.

Aired Monday, March 3, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Gov. Schwarzenegger wants to cut the state budget by 10% across the board, including education. To avoid that, Democrats say there’s no choice but to increase taxes. Republicans say, no way. On Reporter’s Notebook, the latest cuts from the LA Times: what’s going to be left after Sam Zell gets through?

Aired Wednesday, March 5, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Wall paintings are cultural landmarks in Los Angeles neighborhoods but the Department of Building and Safety is calling them illegal signs that have to be painted over. Home schooling is a growth industry in California that may be at risk from an appellate court ruling that says parents need teaching credentials.

Aired Thursday, March 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Recent high-profile gang killings has politicians accusing each other of failing to deal with gangs. A former Westside activist who now lives near the Santa Monica Freeway says too many people are more concerned with children in Africa than children in downtown LA. How come? What could they do if they wanted to?

Aired Monday, March 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The border security crackdown has reduced illegal crossings from Mexico.  But 99% of border crossings are legal, and new requirements have reduced those, too.

Aired Tuesday, March 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Fresh, wild-caught salmon may not be available this year because of a fishing ban in California and Oregon. Also, the head of a Chino slaughterhouse admits that meat from sick cows got into supplies for children's lunches.

Aired Wednesday, March 12, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Oil prices and global uncertainty threaten America's energy security. Can we have that and deal with global warming as the same time? We hear some sobering news. Also, on a list of the nation's top 10 cities for home foreclosures, California has seven.

Aired Thursday, March 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.


MON MAR 17, 2008

After Five Years in, Where Do We Stand in Iraq?

 With US troops now on the ground in Iraq for a period longer than World War II, what do we have to show for their efforts? Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell explores progress in Iraq and American response to our efforts there.

Aired Monday, March 17, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of a security guard that could re-define America's relationship to guns. Lawrence O'Donnell explores whether the Second Amendment grants each of us an absolute right to bear arms and if the court will find all gun control laws unconstitutional.

Aired Tuesday, March 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Race, religion and politics collided in Barack Obama's presidential campaign yesterday as they do every Sunday in many African American churches. We talks to the reporter who sparked the controversy, and discusses the roots of the black church in the US and its current role in African American society.

Aired Wednesday, March 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.


THU MAR 20, 2008

Patriotism and Political Dialogue in America

 The furor over Barack Obama's church has pushed his presidential campaign into the most dangerous possible political territory -- questions about his patriotism. Has the founding fathers' notion of American exceptionalism created to an exceptionally patriotic country? Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell talks about the defining role patriotism plays in American politics and what role patriotism plays in the politics of other countries.


MON MAR 24, 2008

The Iraq War and Soldiers from California

The death toll of American soldiers reached four-thousand yesterday. Four hundred and twenty-six have been Californians. Also tonight, the royal family of Dubai bails out LA’s most ambitious downtown development, and the Olympic torch is lit—under protest.


TUE MAR 25, 2008

Political Comebacks and Shifting Opinions

Last week, Obama was on the ropes. This week, it’s Clinton. Who has the best chance of beating McCain in November? Also tonight, in California and twenty-three other states a case of “unmitigated greed”: nineteen people indicted for cheating people out of their homes after promising protection from foreclosure.



A San Diego physician pays his plumber ten times more than the doctor gets for seeing a patient, a dramatic example of how federal health care programs for the elderly and the poor are headed for “fiscal train wreck.” The next president will be required by law to do something about it. Do the candidates have any plans?

Aired Wednesday, March 26, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California’s Air Resources Board prepared today to reduce its demand for zero emission vehicles and it’s the fifth cut in the mandate since 1990. Also, today’s LA Times carries a story admitting they used false documents to imply that associates of Sean “Diddy” Combs robbed and shot rapper Tupac Shakur.

Aired Thursday, March 27, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Chelsea Clinton says her mother would be a better president than her father was, and Bill says he agrees. It’s all part of the battle for super-delegates at the national convention. Meanwhile Dodgers begin their 50th year in L.A. with a super-star manager and some fans angry about That Game at the Coliseum.

Aired Monday, March 31, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.