ON AIR STAR
00:00:00 | 3:02:50

DONATE!

close

FROM THIS EPISODE

Democrats in Sacramento rolled out another budget proposal today, designed to avoid program cuts by increasing taxes. We talk with Assembly Speaker John Pérez.  We also hear about the six Democrats running against each other in next month's primaries for Attorney General, including DA's of LA and San Francisco. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a renowned geneticist claims a major advance toward creating life in a laboratory. We look at the benefits and possible drawbacks, including biological weapons in the wrong hands.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Darrell Satzman

Main Topic Assembly Speaker Calls for Oil Severance Tax 17 MIN, 35 SEC

Yesterday, Democrats in the State Senate said a tax increase of some $5 billion would avoid massive program cuts proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Today, Assembly Democrats unveiled what they call the California Jobs Budget, which also calls for more taxes. We speak with Assembly Speaker John Pérez and others.

Guests:
John Perez, Speaker, California Assembly
Diane Harkey, Assemblywoman, R-Dana Point
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

Reporter's Notebook Sorting Out the AG Race: the Democrats 9 MIN, 16 SEC

Republican Steve Cooley and Democrat Kamala Harris are the District Attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties, respectively. But that doesn't make either one a shoo-in for next month's primary for Attorney General. Steve Maviglio, a veteran Democratic consultant in Sacramento, reviews the slate of Democrats hoping to become the state's lead law enforcement officer. (Tomorrow we'll look at the Republican candidates.)

Kamala Harris
Chris Kelly
Rocky Delgadillo
Ted Lieu
Alberto Torrico
Pedro Nava

Guests:
Steve Maviglio, Democratic political consultant

Main Topic Are Scientists Closer to Creating Life in a Laboratory? 26 MIN, 50 SEC

J. Craig Venter is being compared to Galileo, Darwin and Einstein — at the same time he's denounced for trying to "play God." In the 1990's, he beat a team of international scientists in deciphering the human genome. Last week, he announced a breakthrough in creating life in a laboratory, which he called "the first self-replicating species… whose parent is a computer."

Guests:
David Biello, Scientific American magazine (@dbiello)
Clyde Hutchison, Distinguished Investigator, J. Craig Venter Institute
David Baltimore, California Institute of Technology
Julian Savulescu, Director, Oxford University's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Human Enhancement

Julian Savulescu

Upcoming

View Schedule

New Episodes

Events

View All Events

iTUNES SPOTIFY
AMAZON RDIO
FACEBOOK EMAIL
TWITTER COPY LINK
FACEBOOK TWITTER

Player Embed Code

COPY EMBED