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The LA Auto Show is a major stop on the worldwide circuit again, and this year’s popular themes include size, style and efficiency. Cadillac has a 4-seater for city parking that’s still luxurious. Fiat’s back with a car you can put in your pocket, and hybrids are almost commonplace. GM’s Volt isn’t the only electric, but you can still get a gas-guzzler too. We’ll talk with some expert observers.

 

IMAGE: LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: The dashboard of 2011 Chrysler 200 is seen at the two-day media preview event for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. More than 20 North American debuts, as well as green and new alternative fuel technology vehicles, are being featured. The 10-day LA Auto Show begins November 19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Producers:
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Looking for Sexy and Green at the LA Auto Show

After raising 20 billion-dollars in the first day of trading, it’s not Government Motors any more, although taxpayers still own a big share of GM. But the big news about cars in LA is the Auto Show, which opens to the public tomorrow at the Convention Center.

Guests:
Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesJerry)
Chris Paine, Filmmaker, 'Who Killed the Electric Car?'
Stewart Reed, Chair of the Transportation Design Department, Art Center

Guest Interview Aviation Security: Must TSA Touch My Junk to Keep Me Safe?

New threats to air travel have produced new strategies and technologies against explosives in shoes and carry-on liquids--even in underwear. But some passengers resent the new body-scanners in 68 American airports, and the pat-down hand search is also provoking a backlash. It’s invasive; it’s embarrassing Does it violate the 4th Amendment? Will it really work? Has the Transportation Security Administration gone too far? Is the real key to security the intelligence gathered before anyone gets to the airport?

Guests:
Kate Hanni, Founder, FlyersRights.org
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation
Bruce Schneier, security technologist and author (@schneierblog)
Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Relations, George Washington University

Reporter's Notebook And Then There Were Eight… California Redistricting Commission Finalists

After the census is completed every ten years, new geographical lines are laid out for the Assembly, the Senate, the Board of Equalization—and the Congress. In the past two elections, Californians have voted to take that power away from the legislature so that Republicans and Democrats can’t perpetuate themselves in office. Today, 8 members of the first, independent redistricting commission were chosen.

Guests:
Douglas Johnson, Fellow, Claremont McKenna College's Rose Institute

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