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LA County's Natural History Museum is turning 100 years old, but its long-time director says it's being given "new life." We hear about five new permanent exhibitions displaying some of the 35 million objects collected over the past century. The museum director says the change is not just philosophical so that the history museum could "talk about the future." Also, the first report on those toll lanes that require $40 transponders if you want to get ahead of the rest of the traffic on the 110 Freeway. We'll get the official results and the opinions of some of our listeners.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the failures of Egypt's newly elected leader are creating economic and political chaos, which could spread trouble all over the Middle East. We hear what's at stake for the US and how it might influence the outcome.

Main Topic Update on the 110 Toll Lanes 11 MIN, 13 SEC

LA County's Metro has released its first report on toll lanes requiring transponders on the 110 Freeway. Average speeds on lanes that used to be free for carpoolers have increased. On the rest of the freeway, traffic has slowed down. Our listeners have already noticed. We hear various reactions, the most common of them from people angry that they now have to pay for something that used to be free.

Guests:
Kathleen McCune, Metro (@metrolosangeles)
Brian Taylor, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

Main Topic LA's Natural History: The Old and the New 15 MIN, 21 SEC

LA County's Natural History Museum is 100 years old but, even though it's about history, "old" is not a word it's using these days. One of the many "new" additions is called "Becoming Los Angeles, " a 14,000 square foot, permanent exhibition that covers five centuries of cultural and ecological history. It'll open this coming July. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez got a preview.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Jane Pisano, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (@NHMLA)

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