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LA animal shelters report more and more adoptions of dogs and cats in the past year, so why is euthanasia on the increase at the City's Department of Animal Services? The Department itself is one of the city's most controversial and, with three out of five members resigning in the past six weeks, the commission that oversees it can't even hold a meeting. Also, Jupiter and Venus will be getting cozy just after sunset. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, can a viral video change the world?

Banner image: Shelter worker Laura Guyden holds a chihuahua that awaits adoption at a Los Angeles Department of Animal Services shelter. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Main Topic More Trouble at LA's Department of Animal Services 19 MIN, 24 SEC

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has had six general managers in the past 10 years. Three of the five commissioners who oversee the Department have resigned in the past six weeks, and the Mayor's Office says it's actively looking for replacements. The current General Manager is Brenda Barnette.

Brenda Barnette, Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)
Daniel Guss, animal advocate
Madeline Bernstein, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles (@spcaLAPresident)

Reporter's Notebook Venus and Jupiter Cozy Up 5 MIN, 10 SEC

After the Moon, the brightest objects in the night sky are the planets Jupiter and Venus.  Every so often they appear close together and tonight promises one of the best so-called "conjunctions" for years in the Northern Hemisphere. Ed Krupp is Director of the Griffith Park Observatory.

Edward Krupp, Griffith Observatory (@GriffithNews)

Main Topic 'Kony 2012' and Youth Activism 26 MIN, 40 SEC

In a week's time, the video Kony 2012 has jumped from zero to 76 million views on the Internet.  Produced by a group called Invisible Children, its stated aim is to stop a brutal war lord named Joseph Kony and his “Lord's Resistance Army” from recruiting tens of thousands of Ugandan child soldiers to murder their parents and other civilians, creating havoc with no political purpose. The video promises that viewers can "change the world" by creating "awareness." We look at the source of the half-hour production's appeal and why it might be counter-productive.


J. Peter Pham, Atlantic Council
Bim Ayandele, WInner and Associates
Mikki Halpin, freelance journalist and author (@mikkipedia)
Morley Winograd, University of Southern California (@MikeandMorley)

Activism for Teenagers

Mikki Halpin

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