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On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks back at some of the biggest stories in 2010, including the economy and a shift to the right on the political front. How will those two stories play out in the year ahead? We also look at some simple and surprising ideas for how to make the world a better place, and we look at the years behind and ahead of us from a different perspective – the developing world. Also, Jerry Brown prepares to take office 35 years after serving as governor of California for the first time. On Reporter's Notebook, how effective is humanitarian aid in reaching those who need it, in places like Haiti and other parts of the world?

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Making News Jerry Brown Returns to the Governor's Office 10 MIN, 32 SEC

Next week Jerry Brown will be sworn in as Governor of California for the third time, nearly three decades after he left that office in 1983. His first challenge will be to solve the state's massive budget problem. He's outlined a plan that includes deep cuts to state services as well as an extension of tax hikes that are set to expire. Shane Goldmacher covers the State Capitol for the Los Angeles Times.

Shane Goldmacher, Politico (@ShaneGoldmacher)

Main Topic Closing Out the Old Year and Ringing In the New 34 MIN, 53 SEC

Those end-of-the-year wrap-ups are starting to show up everywhere, and they're not making for cheery reading. 2010 was a rough year for many people who continued to struggle. In the United States, the news was dominated by the economy and big changes on the political landscape as Tea Partiers shook up the status quo. What's ahead on horizon? In 2011, where should we be looking for good news? Who's thinking about new answers to solve ongoing problems and prevent future disasters? How do disasters and downturns affect our cultural psyche? How does the world look beyond our own horizons? Are things brighter for the developing world?

Kate Zernike, New York Times (@kzernike)
Peter Goodman, New York Times / International Business Times (@petersgoodman)
John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor (@johnyemma)
Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist (@adwooldridge)

Past Due

Peter S. Goodman

Reporter's Notebook Disasters and Humanitarian Aid in 2010 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Each year brings with it some crisis that calls for huge amounts of aid. This year, 2010, started with a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Governments, individuals and non-governmental organizations always respond to the need, but does aid always reach those who need it? Are there better ways to deliver humanitarian assistance? Phillip Tamminga directs the Humanitarian Response Index for DARA, an international non-profit organization that evaluates how effectively aid is delivered to disaster, conflict and other crisis areas.

Philip Tamminga, Director of the Humanitarian Response Index, DARA


Sara Terry

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