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Occupy protests are on the move in California, training their sights on both the University of California and the State Universities. Fears of violence shut down UC's Board of Regents today, while the State University Board of Trustees raised tuition. Protesters, including faculty, say officials are serving "the 1 percent" rather than "the 99 percent." Also, Occupy LA can't last forever, but can the LAPD negotiate an end game with a group that prides itself on not having leaders? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, heavy new pressure on Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Banner image: University of California, Berkeley students protest on campus as part of an 'open university' strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Producers:
Anna Scott
Karen Radziner
Caitlin Shamberg

Main Topic Occupy Protests and Higher Education 17 MIN, 21 SEC

The University of California's Board of Regents had canceled meetings just three times, most recently for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, on September 11, 2001 and in 1989 because of the Loma Prieta earthquake. That was until today, when a meeting in San Francisco was cancelled by what UC police called "rogue elements intend on violence and confrontation." At the campus in Long Beach today, the Cal State University Board of Trustees raised tuition by nine percent and denied faculty raises promised for next year by their current contract.

Guests:
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle (@NanetteAsimov)
Charlie Eaton, University of California-Berkeley
Lillian Taiz, California Faculty Association
Robert Turnage, California State University

Making News LAPD Working with Protesters on Occupy LA End Date 7 MIN, 32 SEC

The LA City Council has officially backed Occupy LA, but three weeks ago Mayor Viaraigosa said there are health and safety concerns — not to mention damage to City Hall's lawn — and the protest "can't continue indefinitely." Yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he's working with protesters to shut down or move to another location.  LAPD Commander Andrew Smith is in on the action.

Guests:
Andrew Smith, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDHQ)

Main Topic Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? 26 MIN, 27 SEC

Heavy New Pressure on Syria's Bashar al-AssadArmy defectors attacked a military intelligence building in Syria today as pressure builds on the dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to stop killing his own people. Would outright civil war serve his interests or those of a divided opposition?

Guests:
Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)
Ramita Navai, freelance journalist (@ramitanavai )
Murhaf Jouejati, Syrian National Council
Robert Danin, Council on Foreign Relations (@robertdanin)

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