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Some of California's best-known chefs are lobbying to repeal a ban on foie gras, produced by force-feeding geese and ducks to enlarge their livers. The ban provided seven years for development of more humane means of production, and it's scheduled to take effect on July 1. We hear about animal rights versus haute cuisine. Also, forget Dodger Stadium, the Getty and the Hollywood Bowl. On this May Day, we look at Los Angeles landmarks from a Left-of-Center point of view. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is Congress as bad as it looks…or worse?

Banner image: Poached Moulard Duck Foie Gras Au Torchon with Pickled Pear. Photo by IlMungo/flickr

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott
Gideon Brower

Main Topic The Latest Food Fight in Sacramento 18 MIN, 18 SEC

More than one hundred of California's best known chefs are lobbying in Sacramento for repeal of a law passed more than seven years ago. It banned the sale of foie gras from geese and ducks force fed to make their livers much fatter than normal. Foie gras means "fatty liver." The ban will go into effect on July 1 of this year. We hear conflicting perspectives.

Guests:
Jesse McKinley, New York Times (@jessemckinley)
Chris Cosentino, Incanto (@offalchris)
John Burton, California Democratic Party

Reporter's Notebook A Progressive's Guide to LA Landmarks 8 MIN, 15 SEC

book.jpgOn this May Day, there's no shortage of protests and other gatherings, in Los Angeles and around the world.  It's a good time to look at the left side of Los Angeles history. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez speaks with Laura Pulido, co-author of A People's Guide to Los Angeles.

Guests:
Laura Pulido, author

Main Topic Are Congress' Extreme Politics Eroding Our Democracy? 25 MIN, 51 SEC

Is Congress as Bad as It Looks…or Worse?After the 2010 midterm elections, magazine writer Robert Draper saw big change was in the wind as Republicans prepared to use their new majority in Congress as the "point of the spear" against President Barak Obama. He embedded himself on Capitol Hill and interviewed 300 people, including 50 members of Congress, some as many as 15 times.  The result is the new book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do, a title taken from a discouraged Congressman in 1796. With public approval at 14 percent, is this Congress more dysfunctional than those of the past? We speak with Draper and others.

Guests:
Robert Draper, journalist and author (@DraperRobert)
Heidi Przybyla, Bloomberg News (@HeidiPrzybyla)
Jacob Hacker, Yale University
Gregory Wawro, Columbia University

Winner-Take-All Politics

Jacob S. Hacker

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