Whales and Aquatic Parks; A Candidate for CA Democrats
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Today was the day for the least-surprising political announcement of the current election cycle: Attorney General Jerry Brown wants to be Governor, a job he first won 36 years ago. We hear about the Democrats' only official candidate. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when he killed his trainer at SeaWorld, was the orca called Tilikum an enraged, wild animal out of control -- or was he just curious about her ponytail? Should killer whales and dolphins be used for the entertainment of human beings?
Banner image: © Jerry Brown, April 24, 2009
Of Man and (Killer) Whales ()
Just three days after a six-ton killer whale battered and drowned his trainer in front of a horrified crowd, SeaWorld opened again this weekend in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. Tilikum, the orca that did the killing, will continue life as a valuable stud who's fathered 13 calves — and as a performer.
- Thad Lacinak: former Curator of Animal Training, SeaWorld
- Naomi Rose: Marine Mammal Biologist, Humane Society of the United States
- Louie Psihoyos: Founder, Oceanic Preservation Society
Democrats Finally Have an Announced Candidate for Governor ()
Jerry Brown was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees in 1969. A year later, voters made him Secretary of State. Next, it was two terms as Governor, from 1974 until 1982. Then, he spent two terms as Mayor of Oakland, and he was elected state Attorney General in 2006. Today, he announced that he wants to be Governor once again — in a video appearance on the Internet.
- Carla Marinucci: Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, @cmarinucci
- Phil Trounstine: Co-founder and Editor, CalBuzz.com
- Allan Hoffenblum: former Political Director, California Republican Party
- Bill Boyarsky: former City Editor and Columnist, Los Angeles Times
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