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At a rowdy meeting today, a UC regents committee approved a big increase in student fees. We hear about the erosion of support for public universities and what it could mean for California’s future.  Plus, a big change at KCRW: General Manger Ruth Seymour is stepping down. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, world leaders now agree that next month’s meeting in Copenhagen will not produce a binding agreement for action on Global Warming.  What happened to the sense of urgency?  Can President Obama take the lead without both houses of Congress?

Main Topic UC Regents Decide on Fee Increase amid Protests 14 MIN, 29 SEC

On the campus of UCLA today, a committee of the UC Board of Regents approved a 32% increase in student fees.  Fourteen protesters were arrested and removed from the committee room while scores of others chanted outside the building. The full Board of Regents is expected to approve the fee increases tomorrow. Meantime, the Cal State University system has seen a 53% increase in applicants over last year, the same time that staff is being cut and fewer courses are being offered---all to save money.


Guests:
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle (@NanetteAsimov)
Chris Newfield, Past Chair, UC's Academic Senate Committee for Planning and Budget

Main Topic Global Warming: Can It Still Be Turned Around? 27 MIN, 21 SEC

Denmark's Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, showed up in Singapore last week for a reality check on next month's climate change meeting in Copenhagen. The conference had been billed as the last, best hope for effective action to reverse climate change. But Rasmussen and the Asia-Pacific leaders, including President Obama, agreed to reduce expectations.

Guests:
Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund
Barbara Finamore, Natural Resources Defense Council
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)
Lou Hayden, Policy Analyst, American Petroleum Institute

Reporter's Notebook KCRW's Ruth Seymour Announces Her Retirement 10 MIN, 32 SEC

After 32 years as KCRW's General Manager, Ruth Seymour announced today that she is retiring as of February of next year. She's been a pioneer in public radio, and conceived the station's  unusual mix of programming that includes both public affairs and cutting-edge music, as well as shows about books, food and culture in LA and around the country. In years when the Corporation for Public Broadcasting budget has been controversial in Washington, Ruth's been a player in Washington. She's also contributed to the development of nationally syndicated programs. We hear an appreciation from one of KCRW's own and a public radio host who garnered national attention thanks, in part, to Ruth.

Guests:
Tom Schnabel, Host of 'Rhythm Planet' (@tom_schnabel)
Ira Glass, Host, This American Life (@thisamerlife)

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