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A black man won the White House, while a white woman from Alaska won the hearts of conservatives. The economy imploded as financial scandals rocked the headlines, and Americans began to rethink their consumer ways. 2008 was definitely one for the history books. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks at what's ahead in 2009. Also, the political pitfalls of filling four senate seats, and it's a football time of year, filled with bowls, coaches and corporate sponsors.

The Way We'll Be

John Zogby

Making News The Governor Lays Out His Budget Plan 6 MIN, 27 SEC

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff presented a new plan this morning to close an 18-month budget deficit, which is expected to reach $41.6 billion. The Governor's plan includes increasing taxes and deep cuts into several programs. Evan Halper is following the story for the Los Angeles Times.

Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Main Topic Fears, Hopes and Predictions for 2009 34 MIN, 2 SEC

An election that turned conventional political wisdom upside down and an economy that turned everything upside down; 2008 was a year of some of the most profound changes Americans have experienced in decades. How will those changes play out in the year to come? Can Barack Obama capitalize on a new political landscape? Will the economy stabilize? What's happened to the American dream? From the economy to politics, from personal values to consumer lifestyles, we take advantage of one of those once a year moments – New Year's Eve -- to think about what was and what will be.

Note: You can learn more about any of the topics discussed in today's show by searching the KCRW archives.

Daniel Gross, Strategy + Business (@grossdm)
John Zogby, President and CEO, Zogby International
Jennifer Duffy, Cook Political Report (@jennifereduffy)
John White, Clean Power Campaign / Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (@vjohnwhite)
David Makovsky, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Reporter's Notebook College Bowls, Fired Coaches and Corporate Sponsors 7 MIN, 47 SEC

It's a football time of year. Fans are ready for the college bowls, NFL teams are getting ready for the play-offs, while NFL coaches are getting fired and bailed out banks are still plunking down millions of dollars on naming rights. Then there's the eternal question of a college football play-off. The president elect has already weighed in on that one—he's for it. Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins us to toss the ball round a bit.

Peter King, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

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