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California spends $50 billion a year on education. Should it adopt reforms to qualify for $700 million more from Washington? Also, how the Chandler Family used the LA Times to "invent" Los Angeles. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, rich and poor countries are battling in Copenhagen -- along with China, India and other countries that are becoming major polluters as they fight poverty with increased industrialization. Is there any chance for a major agreement?

Banner image: Governor Schwarzenegger discussed the importance of immediate Assembly action on Race to the Top legislation

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner

Reporter's Notebook How the LA Times 'Invented' Los Angeles 7 MIN, 19 SEC

inventing_la.jpgIt's a book based on a movie about a newspaper: Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times.  The text of the cocktail-table sized publication is by Bill Boyarski, who adds insights not included in Peter Jones' film of the same name. Boyarsky was at the Times for 30 years as reporter, columnist, city editor and member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer prizes.

Guests:
Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig and LA Observed

Inventing LA

Bill Boyarsky

Main Topic It's Down to the Wire on Climate Agreement in Copenhagen 28 MIN, 7 SEC

In Copenhagen today, dozens of developing countries—including China, India and Brazil—threatened to walk out of climate talks, insisting that the developed world isn’t doing enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Guests:
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Fernando Rodrigues, Senior Reporter, Folha de S. Paulo
Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Alexei Barrionuevo, Energy Reporter, New York Times
Susanne Breitkopf, Analyst, Greenpeace

Turning Oil into Salt

Gal Luft and Anne Korin

Main Topic Race to the Top Is Mired in the Muck 18 MIN, 4 SEC

The Obama Administration is dangling between $350 and $700 million federal dollars in front of California’s education establishment, but it’s at risk of being lost to politics in Sacramento. The deadline is January 19, 2010.

Guests:
Juliet Williams, Reporter, Associated Press
Gloria Romero, Democrats for Education Reform
Gary Ravani, President, Early Childhood K-12 Council

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