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One of five White House regional forums on healthcare came to Los Angeles today, with Governor Schwarzenegger presiding. We talk with some of the participants and some who think they're "stakeholders" too but didn't get in. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in Turkey, President Obama is reaching out to the Muslim world, including Iran. How important is that country as a US ally and a bridge to the rest of Islam? What is the “soft religious conversion” of young Muslims in the Middle East?


Banner image: (L-R) Herb K. Schultz, Senior Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger; Kim Belshe, Secretary, California Health and Human Services; Steve Hill, Administrator, Health Care Authority, State of Washington; Dr. Robert Ross, CEO, The California Endowment

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott

Main Topic Barack Hussein Obama and the Muslim World 26 MIN, 4 SEC

In his first presidential visit to a Muslim country today, Barack Hussein Obama addressed a special session of the Turkish parliament. But his Muslim audience was much bigger than that. He told the parliament that the US “is not and will never be at war with Islam.” He invoked his Muslim father and his residence in a Muslim country, and called Turkey’s secular democracy a model for the 21st Century. We talk about Turkey’s importance to the US and the Western countries and about the so-called “soft” but conservative religious conversion of Islamic youth worldwide.

Guests:
Semih Idiz, Columnist, Milliyet
Bulent Aliriza, Director of the Turkey Project, Center for International and Strategic Studies
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace (@wrightr)
Navtej Dhillon, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Dreams and Shadows

Robin Wright

Main Topic White House Forum on Healthcare Reform Comes to Town 25 MIN, 20 SEC

The Obama White House says it's in “a listening mode,” but as recently as yesterday, some invitees to today's Los Angeles forum on healthcare didn't know if they'd be asked to speak or allowed to ask questions.  Was it an open window on the process of healthcare reform? What are the prospects for single-payer?

 

Guests:
Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (@lisagirion)
Betsy Imholz, Director of Special Projects, Consumers Union
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)
Geri Jenkins, Co-president, California Nurses Association
Tom Epstein, Blue Shield of California

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