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The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be in the vanguard of US aid to Haiti. While LA's Haitian community is waiting for word, LA wonders about an earthquake here. Plus, the art world wonders about the new director chosen for LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. We talk with Jefferey Deitch. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, commissioners investigating the cause of the Great Recession got tough today with four Wall Street bankers, including Lloyd Blankfein, the head of Goldman Sachs. Are the commissioners asking the right questions?  Can they help prevent another financial disaster?

Banner image: LA County Fire Department urban search-and-rescue dog Baxter and handler Gary Durian prepare for deployment as other team members load US AID supplies to be flown to Haiti in the aftermath of yesterday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Wall Street Gets a Grilling 27 MIN, 21 SEC

Phil Angelides said today the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is probably the last hope for uncovering the causes of what's now called the Great Recession. A former California State Treasurer, Democrat Angelides now chairs the bipartisan commission established by Congress. In its first public meeting today, the commission heard from the heads of America's four biggest banks, JPMorgan Case, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Guests:
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter, New York Times
Brad Sherman, US Congress (D-CA) (@BradSherman)
William Black, former federal financial regulator
John Gapper, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times

Main Topic LA Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti 18 MIN, 27 SEC

Seventy-two LA County firefighters are ready to ship out for Haiti with aid for victims of the massive earthquake. Meantime, some 10,000 Haitians living in the Los Angeles area are waiting word about friends and relatives back home. TiGeorges, a Haitian restaurant on Glendale Boulevard, is an informal clearing house for information.

 




Guests:
Matt Levesque, Inspector, Los Angeles County Fire Department
George Laguerre, Inspector, Los Angeles County Fire Department
Kate Hutton, Caltech Seismological Laboratory (@Caltech)
Amy Wilentz, author and professor (@amywilentz)

Reporter's Notebook Private Businessman to Head Public Museum 9 MIN, 31 SEC

LA's Museum of Contemporary Art has been called the best of its kind in the world, but it's in major financial trouble and recently got a $30 million bailout from billionaire-collector Eli Broad. Now MOCA's board has stunned the art world by choosing a new director not from academia or another museum, but a private collector and dealer. That's highly unusual, but Broad himself says, "It's time to redo the old museum model. The world has changed." MoCA's new director is Jeffrey Deitch, whose gallery in New York is Deitch Projects.

Guests:
Jeffrey Deitch, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art

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