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Since the 1930's, the Los Angeles River has been a flood-control channel and a drainage ditch, full of trash, plastic bags and other garbage. Parts of it are dry most of the year. But last month the federal EPA declared it a "traditional navigable waterway." We go down to the river to find out what that could mean. Also, Latinos have suffered almost 50% of California's home-loan foreclosures, not for purchasing McMansions they couldn't afford, but for buying and refinancing modest homes. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, as more and more people qualify for insurance under healthcare reform, America's shortage of doctors is going to get worse. We look at the ways that medical practice is likely to change and what that will mean for patients.

Banner image: Los Angeles River, looking east, downstream, from the Victory Boulevard bridge on the Interstate 5.

Producers:
Julia Flucht
Darrell Satzman
Gary Scott

Making News Latinos Hit by Foreclosure Crisis 10 MIN, 1 SEC

Between 2004 and 2008, Latinos received 30% of all California's home mortgages, but were subject to 48% of foreclosures. That's according to a report by a national consumer-advocate group, the Center for Responsible Lending. We hear from the director of  CRL's California office and from the co-founder of NAHREP, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

Guests:
Paul Leonard, Center for Responsible Lending (@CRLONLINE)
Gary Acosta, Co-founder, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals

Main Topic Navigating the Los Angeles River 15 MIN, 3 SEC

Last month, the federal EPA declared the Los Angeles River a "traditional navigable waterway." That has opened the way to plans for reviving the river that have pending in recent years. The river runs through the district represented by City Councilman Ed Reyes, who has a lot of plans. We hear from the Councilman, WWLA? producer Darrell Satzman and George Wolfe, a man who's kayaked the river from end to end.

Guests:
Darrell Satzman, Associate News Producer
George Wolfe, LA River Expeditions
Eduardo Reyes, Los Angeles City Councilman

Main Topic Healthcare Reform: Innovations Address Shortage of Doctors 26 MIN, 47 SEC

Sixty-five million Americans already live where there's a shortage of primary care doctors, and healthcare reform will provide insurance for 34 million more. That's according to Rita Rubin, medical reporter for USA Today, who's been writing about innovative efforts to make things better before they get worse.

Guests:
Rita Rubin, Reporter, USA Today
Zeev Neuwirth, Chief of Clinical Effectiveness and Innovation, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Tine Hansen-Turton, Executive Director, National Nursing Centers Consortium
Vance Harris, MD, Family practice physician
Atul Grover, Chief Lobbyist, Association of American Medical Colleges

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