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On our rebroadcast of To the Point, the Big Three CEO's were back in Washington today, raising their survival request from $25 to $34 billion. Are their cars really that bad? Are the companies too important to too many people to let them fail? Also, public access channels will be eliminated in Los Angeles. Are they out of date or does Time Warner Cable just want more ways to make money? Also, have pre-teen girls seen the last of Bratz dolls?


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Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Detroit Begs for Survival...Again 24 MIN, 53 SEC

The CEO's of the Big Three went back to Congress today, upping the ante from $25 to $34 billion in federal money to keep them in business. They promised personal sacrifice, better management and greener cars, saying the taxpayers would be paid back, maybe with interest. We hear their latest plans and how Senators in both parties reacted. Are the Big Three making better cars than they get credit for? Are they too important to too many people to allow them to fail?

Guests:
David Shepardson, Detroit News (@davidshepardson)
Peter De Lorenzo, AutoExtremist.com (@Autoextremist)
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)
Mark J. Perry, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan-Flint

Making News Barbie Beats the Bratz 6 MIN, 51 SEC

This may be the last Christmas for Bratz dolls and a lot of jobs in Van Nuys. That's where MGA Entertainment has been making Bratz dolls, but a federal judge says the name, the design and even the dolls themselves now belong to Mattel, which makes Barbie.  Mattel even has the right to recall Bratz, but that won't go into effect until February of next year. We get an update from David Colker, who's been covering the Barbie v. Bratz trial for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
David Colker, Business Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Can Public Access Television Survive the Telecom Revolution? 19 MIN, 10 SEC

Public access channels on Cable TV provide access to city council meetings and other official events, and to anyone else who can figure out how to produce a program.  They were a quid pro quo in the days when cities had the power to grant monopoly franchises to cable operators.  Now the state performs that function and, in the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable has decided to eliminate all four public access channels. We get several perspectives from public policy analysts, telecommunications officials and current and former public access hosts, including City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

Guests:
Skip E. Lowe, Host, 'Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood'
Steve Titch, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
Brian Moura, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council (@Bill_Rosendahl)

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