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As the fire season really gets underway, state and local budget cuts raise challenging questions. Will firefighters always be available? Should homeowners near wilderness fire zones pay for their own protection? Also, will new players help the Dodgers make the playoffs? On oure rebroadcast of today's To the Point, banks that were "too big to fail" were rescued from the consequences of bad decisions with taxpayer money. They're beginning to pay it back at the same time, they've grown even bigger.  What does that mean for consumers? Can government get the banks under control before they get reckless again?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Too Big to Fail...and Still Growing 26 MIN, 57 SEC

Banks that were rescued as “too big to fail” are now bigger than ever. JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup now issue half of America’s mortgages and two-thirds of its credit cards.

Guests:
David Cho, Staff Writer, Washington Post
Daniel Gross, Daily Beast (@grossdm)
Felix Salmon, Reuters (@felixsalmon)
Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics (@dismalscientist)

Financial Shock

Mark Zandi

Reporter's Notebook Dodgers Pick Up Two New Players 7 MIN, 16 SEC

The Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks last night, 5-to-3 in ten innings, but during the game they picked up two players who might help them get to the World Series. Matt "Money" Smith is co-host of Petros and Money on KLAC-AM 57.

Guests:
Matt 'Money' Smith, 'Petros and Money' (@mattmoneysmith)

Main Topic Big Fires Raise Big Questions about Money 19 MIN, 1 SEC

Firefighters got a break from the weather today as clouds moved in and increased the humidity. At a command center today, Governor Schwarzenegger congratulated firefighters who are being sorely tested by so many blazes in so many places. So far, state and local budget shortfalls have not reduced state and local resources. But fire season is just beginning.

Guests:
Val Zavala, KCET (@valzavala)
Carroll Wills, Communications Director, California Professional Firefighters
Marc Lifsher, Reporter, Los Angeles Times (@MarcLifsher)
Timothy Duane, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

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