AirTalk for October 11, 2010

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CicLAvia Sunday - bikes take over LA

According to widely varying estimates, between 50,000 and 100,000 bike riders took to a seven-mile stretch of streets from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights Sunday to enjoy LA’s first "CicLAvia." The route was closed to automobiles, so cyclists and pedestrians could tool around and enjoy the city without fear of colliding with cars. New York, San Francisco, and many other cities regularly reserve stretches of road for cyclists on Sundays. Should this become a regular thing in LA too? Were you at CicLAvia? Did you like the route? Was it worth the estimated $250,000 price tag? Or were you a motorist frustrated by the street closures? Larry takes your calls.
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The Pasadena City Council may sign off on a plan today to use federal and local funds to make over the Rose Bowl stadium. The three year project would add luxury suites, upgrade the stadium’s HD screen, and restore the field’s original oval shape among other updates. Supporters of the plan believe Pasadena needs to upgrade the aging facility while retaining its historic designation. Some critics believe the city’s $15 million share of costs will hurt other needed programs. Which team are you rooting for?
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The Station Fire hearings

A panel of local House members led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank) will examine the fight against last year's devastating Station fire at a public meeting in Pasadena. Among those scheduled to address the panel are top officials of the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Pasadena session is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at the U.S. Court of Appeals building, 125 S. Grand Ave. But Larry takes listener questions now in a conversation with Schiff.
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On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet approved a controversial loyalty oath that would require Palestinians and other non-Jewish prospective citizens to swear allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state." Supporters say this measure will strengthen Israel's identity as the homeland of the Jewish people. But critics called the bill discriminatory and anti-democratic because it would not apply to Jewish immigrants seeking Israeli citizenship. They say the oath is primarily aimed at Palestinians applying for Israeli citizenship after marrying Arab Israelis. Is this a good move? Or counter-productive to the peace process?
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With 300 million of us packed into cities and scattered over vast plains, the United States is defined more by diversity than cohesion. Yet polls and politicians devote great energy to studying what Americans believe, where we pray and how we think. In Our Patchwork Nation, Dante Chinni and collaborators from PBS and the Christian Science Monitor examine the 12 community types that form the building blocks of America. Why do military bastions love NPR? Where are the boom towns and where are the empty nests? And what can we learn from all this data?
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