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College towns have weathered the recession and housing collapse more than the rest of America, but the neighborhood around USC is an exception. Now USC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation — 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university — often accused of ignoring its neighbors — be doing them a favor? Also, budget cuts and dependency court: the impact on families. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the continuing impact of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns just one year ago. What's the future of nuclear power?

Banner image: Artist's rendering of USC's proposed New Town Square

Producers:
Anna Scott
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood? 17 MIN, 49 SEC

Last October, a community meeting on the expansion of the University of Southern California drew 500 people. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the City Planning Department will hold hearings on plans for a 35-acre complex across Jefferson Boulevard, the northern boundary of the campus today. As we hear, the neighbors are very interested.

 

 

 

Guests:
Kristina Raspe, USC (@villageatusc)
Paulina Gonzalez, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education

Reporter's Notebook KCET Peeks inside a Cash-Strapped Los Angeles Court 7 MIN, 31 SEC

The governor and legislature are slashing the budget of the third branch of state government, leading to justice delayed, which means justice denied. KCET's SoCal Connected found that's especially true for families in dependency court. For the first time, cameras were allowed to record proceedings in the largest court of its kind in the country. Jennifer London is the correspondent for a segment to air Friday, with repeats on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

 

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Guests:
Jennifer London, KCET's 'SoCal Connected' (@jenniferlondon)

Main Topic Japan's March 11 Earthquake and the Future of Nuclear Energy 27 MIN, 1 SEC

Japan's March 11 Earthquake and the Future of Nuclear EnergyA year ago yesterday, Japan experienced multiple disasters: an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdowns of three nuclear reactors at the Fukishima-Daichi plant in the Northeastern part of the country. Almost all of Japan's nuclear reactors have shut down in the aftermath of last year's meltdowns, and the nation is still struggling to overcome the massive earthquake and devastating tsunami. We hear from Tokyo and about plans to build new reactors here in the US.

Guests:
Hitoshi Abe, University of California, Los Angeles
Chester Dawson, Wall Street Journal (@DeliverTheFirm)
Stephen A. Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Scott Peterson, Nuclear Energy Institute (@Nuclear_policy)

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