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Ronald Reagan praised the automobile for making Los Angeles free—but millions of Southern California commuters are prisoners in their cars. Voters opposed to public transit are paying 4 dollars for a gallon of gasoline. Tonight, is public transit really the answer? Is gridlock a consequence of growth and prosperity? Is the high-density of “smart growth” making things better or worse?

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal

Making News New Sheriff for Orange County 6 MIN, 26 SEC

Orange County has a new sheriff—for the ever appointed by the Board of Supervisors—and the first woman. Sandra Hutchens will replace Mike Carona, who resigned after his indictment on public corruption charges.

Guests:
Peggy Lowe, KCUR (@peggyllowe)

Main Topic Stuck in Traffic, Is There Any Way Out? 18 MIN, 26 SEC

Since the end of World War II, public transit has been a hard sell in California. Ronald Reagan famously said that the automobile made us free.  But don’t tell that to commuters stuck longer and longer in cars that are burning up gasoline at the rate of 4 dollars a gallon.

Guests:
Doug Suisman, urban designer
Martin Wachs, RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation)

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