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In the post-Riordan era, would a liberal agenda lead LA to ruin? Two liberal candidates are vying for the mayor's office in the wake of a moderate Republican administration. Based on past performance elsewhere, should issues like labor, welfare and the environment take center stage in city hall after the relative peace and prosperity of an administration focused on business and policing? How can LA and its future benefit from the experience of New York and its past? We turn to two men who have studied our city's past and meditated on its future, Fred Siegal and Raphael Sonnenshein. (Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.)
  • Newsmaker: Summer Energy Price Hikes - With California already bleeding green to buy energy to sell to the utilities, summer energy use is expected to skyrocket. Severin Bornstein, of the University of California Energy Institute, warns that the FERC's devotion to free market economics, rolling blackouts, and soaring costs could spell disaster for the state, utilities and consumers.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Reflections of an Education 'Kopp' - Teach for America is a sort of domestic Peace Corps of recent college graduates from all academic majors who commit two years to teach in under-served urban and rural public schools. Wendy Kopp, who started the corps a decade ago, looks at the big picture in education, and shares some of her organization's success stories.

The Future Once Happened Here

Politics in Black and White

Teach for America

University of California Energy Institute

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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