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Budget cuts, furloughs and increases in student fees led to planned walkouts at all ten of the University of California campuses today.  Also, Governor Schwarzenegger's staff is "reviewing" that plan to save money by closing state parks. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama has put a ban on nuclear weapons back on the agenda at the UN and in Washington. Are his goals achievable? We hear the pros and cons.

Banner image: UC Berkeley students and faculty hold a demonstration in front of Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner

Main Topic A New Thrust against Nuclear Weapons 28 MIN, 15 SEC

Barack Obama made history again today as the first American president to chair a meeting of the UN Security Council. And, he persuaded all 15 members, represented by their heads of state, to approve a resolution including steps toward what the President calls "a world without nuclear weapons."

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association (@armscontrolnow)
Henry Sokolski, former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Defense Department
James Kitfield, National Security Correspondent, National Journal

Best of Intentions

Henry Sokolski

Main Topic Tuition Is Up, State Support Is Down, So UC Protests 19 MIN, 31 SEC

The University of California faces a budget shortfall of $753 million. The Board of Regents has ordered faculty furloughs, increases in student fees and cutbacks in educational services. That led to planned faculty walkouts and student protests today at all ten campuses statewide.  We get an update from reporters at two of the protest sites, UC administrators and protest planners.

Guests:
Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times (@LarryGordonLAT)
Gary Robbins, Reporter, Orange County Register
Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside (@karthickr)
Lawernce Pitts, Interim Provost, University of California system

Reporter's Notebook State Parks Will Probably Stay Open 6 MIN, 30 SEC

To help solve California's budget shortfall, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed to eliminate 220 of the state's 279 state parks. But the numbers are coming down. A list of 100 targeted parks was scheduled to be released sometime this month. Now the Governor's office says, "that 100 number isn't something to hang your hat on." Paul Rogers covers the environment for the San Jose Mercury-News and public radio KQED in San Francisco.

Guests:
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (@PaulRogersSJMN)

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