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Mayor Villaraigosa says, "Plan for the worst," but Metro is already worried that Carmageddon II is being anticipated more with complacency than alarm. Just over a year ago, Carmageddon I failed to live up to advance warnings, and this coming weekend is beginning to sound like business as usual. We hear about the bar mitzvah and the wedding that are not being cancelled, despite proximity to the 405 and about the Artmageddon designed to keep potential drivers focused on their own backyards. Also, will the Stanley Cup champions get back on the ice? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, what's next in Afghanistan?

Banner image: (L-R) Matt Corrigan, Amanda Johns Corrigan and Barry Neely stage a mock picnic on the 405 Freeway during Carmageddon. Photo © Jesse Glucksman, 2011

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Main Topic What's Next in Afghanistan? 25 MIN, 59 SEC

Image-for-WWLA.jpgWhen President Obama's 33,000-troop surge in Afghanistan ended a week early, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the announcement during a trip to New Zealand.  In today's speech to the UN, the President mentioned Afghanistan only once, when he told the General Assembly that the war in Afghanistan will end on schedule in 2014. What did he leave out? We talk about a war that could get a lot more complicated before it's finally over.

Guests:
Rod Nordland, New York Times (@rodnordland)
Joseph Collins, National War College
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post (@rajivwashpost)
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist

Pakistan on the Brink

Ahmed Rashid

Reporter's Notebook From the Stanley Cup to Empty Ice? 4 MIN, 32 SEC

Since the Los Angeles Kings stunned the world of professional hockey last year by winning the Stanley Cup, fans have been waiting impatiently for the next season to open two weeks from Thursday. But owners have locked out the players over a labor dispute that shows no signs of being resolved in time. Helene Elliott covers hockey for the LA Times.

Guests:
Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times (@helenenothelen)

Main Topic Is LA Too Complacent about Carmageddon 2? 21 MIN, 8 SEC

Despite months of warnings before July of last year, there was no Carmageddon when Metro closed down the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass from Friday night until Monday morning. Workers took down half of the drive that crossed the freeway on Mulholland Drive, and LA drivers took it in stride. It went almost too smoothly, and now Metro's having a hard time drumming up public concern about Carmageddon II this coming weekend.

Guests:
Marc Littman, Metro (@I_405)
Jesse Glucksman, LA resident and photographer (@JCGlucks)
Brian Taylor, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Diana Wyenn, Artmageddon (@dwyenn)

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