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The decline of mainstream newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, has paved the way for something called "hyperlocal reporting." What about editors, professional standards, and the clout to hold government agencies accountable to the people? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, do the Taliban or al Qaeda threaten the US from Afghanistan? What will it take to establish credible government? Should the US send more troops or begin a graceful withdrawal? We look at some of the questions facing the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic War and Peace in Afghanistan 27 MIN, 15 SEC

President Obama is on the verge of a momentous decision: should he agree to General Stanley McChrystal's request for some 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan?  After a week of strategy sessions, today's New York Times says the President is "impatient."

Guests:
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
Selig Harrison, Center for International Policy

The Gamble

Thomas Ricks

Main Topic Hyperlocal Reporting in Southern California 27 MIN, 2 SEC

The Santa Monica Outlook closed ten years ago after serving the city for a hundred years. In its place, news is being provided by the Daily Press, the Mirror and the Lookout News, all examples of what's called "hyperlocal journalism."

Guests:
Frank Gruber, Airport2Park (@FrankforCouncil)
Leo Wolinsky, Co-founder, The Journalism Shop
Julian Do, Southern California Director, New America Media
Judy Muller, award-winning network TV correspondent (@judusc)

Urban Worrier

Frank Gruber

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