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California enacted term limits in 1990 to limit the power of incumbency and encourage "citizen legislators" to replace "career politicians." A new report says it's worked in reverse. The careers of professional politicians are longer than ever because they just skip from elected job to another. Is it time to reform the reform? We hear the pros and cons. Also, Anna Deavere Smith is back in town with a one-woman performance, channeling 20 people she's interviewed all over the world.  We'll hear what she's found out about human health and the importance of love.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Rupert Murdoch on the witness stand.

Banner image of the room of the California State Assembly. Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Term Limits and Musical Chairs 16 MIN, 42 SEC

Term limits were enacted in 1990 to rid California of so-called "career politicians" and replace them with "citizen legislators," who would serve relatively briefly in elected positions and then return to their former lives in the private sector. A new report "Citizen Legislators or Political Musical Chairs," from the Center for Governmental Studies, says it's had almost exactly the opposite affect.

Guests:
Tracy Westen, Center for Governmental Studies
Jim Brulte, California Strategies
Lew Uhler, National Tax Limitation Committee

Reporter's Notebook Anna Deavere Smith Brings Her New Play to Santa Monica 10 MIN, 11 SEC

Anna Deavere Smith took this town by storm with Twilight: Los Angeles, after the 1992 riots, interviewing characters, including public figures and private citizens, and then personifying them word-for-word in a one-woman stage performance. She's an accomplished actress, with credits in film and TV, a professor at New York University and a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. Starting Friday, she's back for two weeks, this time at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica in another one-woman performance, Let Me Down Easy.

Guests:
Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright (@AnnaDeavereS)

Main Topic Rupert Murdoch on the Witness Stand 25 MIN, 46 SEC

Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, answered questions from members of Parliament today for almost three hours. Rupert Murdoch apologized, denied previous knowledge and blamed subordinates for the cell phone-hacking and bribery scandal rocking Britain's political elite. We hear about the testimony and the protester who threw shaving cream at the elder Murdoch's face.

Guests:
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair
John Burns, New York Times
Greg Mitchell, The Nation (@GregMitch)
Bobby Block, Wall Street Journal (formerly)

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