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Eli Broad has contributed more to Los Angeles Art and Culture than any single person since Dorothy Chandler built the Music Center.  He's collecting art, rescuing old museums and building new ones.  He's also a prime mover in education reform. We talk at length with Eli Broad tonight and ask why he calls himself, "The Unreasonable Man." Also, a conversation with LACMA director Michael Govan, standing under the 340-ton boulder called “Levitated Mass” and telling us what it's like. You'll be able to do that too, starting this coming Sunday. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Farm Bill: real reform or political bait and switch?

Banner image: Eli Broad records the audio introduction for his e-book

Making News Levitated Mass Opens at LACMA 8 MIN, 55 SEC

On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will finally open its latest "destination artwork," Levitated Mass. That's the name bestowed on the 340-ton boulder transported from a quarry in Riverside through four counties and 22 cities on a 300-foot-long vehicle designed for the purpose. Michael Heizer is the artist who thought it up, but it was Michael Govan who had the vision and persistence to bring it to LACMA.

Michael Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (@LACMA)

Main Topic Eli Broad: the Multi-Billionaire Who's Shaping Los Angeles 20 MIN, 41 SEC

book.jpgOn page one of Chapter One in his new book, Eli Broad reminds readers he build two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries from the ground up. He says the $6 billion he earned in business has allowed him to finance education reform, two world-class art collections and cutting-edge biomedical research. In the introduction, his friend and fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg says Broad has helped shape Los Angeles into a cultural and architectural capital.  They both agree that the book's title describes how he's done it. It's called Eli Broad: the Art of Being Unreasonable.

Jim Newton, Blueprint (@newton_jim)
Eli Broad, philanthropist and developer (@UnreasonableEli)

Main Topic The Farm Bill: Real Reform or Political Bait and Switch? 21 MIN, 56 SEC

Image-for-WWLA.jpgEvery few years, Congress takes up the massive Farm Bill, with members of both parties loading it up with pork barrel spending. The latest version — totaling almost a trillion dollars -- passed the Senate today on a vote of 62 to 36. It now goes to the House.  Earlier this week, Senate Democrats defeated Republican amendments for cuts in food stamps.  We hear why it's important and what its chances might be.

Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)
Joe Boddiford, peanut farmer
Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)
Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University
Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation

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Alan Bjerga

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