ON AIR STAR
00:00:00 | 3:02:50

SUPPORT KCRW!

close

FROM THIS EPISODE

If you've ever wondered whether all the drivers with disabled placards were really disabled, the DMV says more than one third probably aren't. But privacy laws don't even allow enforcement officers to ask. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez has found entire blocks of downtown LA full of cars with disabled placards, staying all day long. We hear from him and a DMV official who says state law makes it hard to crack down. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, one of America's political traditions: scapegoating other countries during presidential campaigns.

Banner image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Main Topic America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes 21 MIN, 56 SEC

America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign EyesThe presidential campaign is focused on American voters, but the President is the commander-in-chief and the architect of foreign policy. How does the idea of "European-style socialism" go down in France and Germany? How do Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and other Republican hopefuls sound in China, Israel, Iran and other parts of the world?

Guests:
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic (@UriLF)
Dominique Moisi, French Institute of International Relations
Karsten Voigt, German Council of Foreign Relations
Suisheng 'Sam' Zhao, University of Denver
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Shmuel Rosner, Jerusalem Post (@rosnersdomain)

Main Topic Four-dollar Meters, the DMV and Disabled Parking Abuse 14 MIN, 37 SEC

About ten percent of California drivers have disabled placards, and the Department of Motor Vehicles renews 2.1 million every other year. It's hard to get angry when the best parking space is taken by somebody with a such a placard hanging from the rear view mirror. But when the driver seems not to be disabled at all, it's another matter. When entire blocks of downtown Los Angeles are taken up with supposedly disabled parkers, it may be time to get mad. Steve Lopez was mad enough to write two columns about it in last week's LA Times.  We hear from him and from Mike Marando of the California DMV.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)
Mike Marando, California Department of Motor Vehicles

Upcoming

View Schedule

New Episodes

Events

View All Events

iTUNES SPOTIFY
AMAZON RDIO
FACEBOOK EMAIL
TWITTER COPY LINK
FACEBOOK TWITTER