Hillary Clinton put human rights on the back burner during her visit to China. Instead, the Secretary of State emphasized economics and global warming. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we ask how her priorities and her style of diplomacy will go down in Beijing and in Washington. Also, Measure B on next week's Los Angeles ballot would put the publicly owned Department of Water and Power in the solar energy business. Would private companies be crowded out? On Reporter's Notebook, Slumdog Millionaire -- Hollywood meets Bollywood.
FROM THIS EPISODE
On her last day in China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Beijing to continue buying US bonds. In addition to the economy, she emphasized global warming, having said in advance that a public confrontation over human rights would interfere with those priorities.
Minxin Pei, Adjunct Senior Associate of the China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nina Hachigian, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Sharon Hom, Human Rights in China
Mike Chinoy, USC US-China Institute (@mikechinoy)
Measure B on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would authorize the publicly owned Department of Water and Power to build 400 megawatts worth of photovoltaics on warehouse rooftops, parking lots and unused rights of way. That's enough solar energy for 240,000 homes. We hear a debate.
Slumdog Millionaire scored eight Oscars last night, including best picture and best director and two for A.R. Rahman one for best score and one for best song. Entertainment commentator and management consultant Gunjan Bagla calls it a great acknowledgement of Indian culture.
Gunjan Bagla, Managing Director, Amritt
More From Which Way, L.A.?
Which Way, LA? The Question that Won't Go Away 23 years ago, the fires of the Rodney King riots were burning and the sirens wailing when KCRW first asked, WWLA? We've been through fires, floods, earthquakes and massive social, cultural and economic change. While this is the last program titled WWLA? the question still needs to be asked. We talk with a group of important and thoughtful people about what LA has become and about the challenges to be faced in the future…as we continue.
Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
Does California Have a Double Standard for the Public's Protection? Porter Ranch and Vernon are mirror images of each other. In one, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter—just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about health risks to school children from exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant— until the federal government finally stepped in.
Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
3 reasons why your commute between Ventura and Santa Barbara has gotten even worse It’s been over a month since deadly mudslides washed through Montecito and shut down Highway 101 for weeks. But, even though the highway is now clean, open and back to… Read More
Vote: What should we answer next? We’ve looked at the history of the Nike missile base, found out about the empty land near LAX, and answered many of your marijuana questions. Now you get to vote!… Read More