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Gun Laws

In the past decade scores of new gun laws have been passed by federal, state, and local L.A. legislators, but recent actions by U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft cast doubt on the legality of all them. Join guest host Mike Feuer, Chuck Michel, Attorney for the NRA, and Louis Tolley, the Director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, for a look at the Bush administration's interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, and whether it could loosen gun enforcement right here in Los Angeles.

Pretentious Prose?

A writer for the Atlantic Monthly recently ruffled literary feathers by calling the style of many critically praised authors pretentious and nonsensical. Is this fair? Join guest host Patt Morrison for a discussion about poetic license and modern prose with author and literary critic Jonathan Kirsch, USC English Professor Leo Braudy, and author and UCLA English Professor Carolyn See.

The Southern California Blood Supply in Jeopardy

Recent reports indicate Southern California's blood supply is at critical lows. Guest host Patt Morrison asks the President of the American Red Cross, Dr. Bernadine Healy, if the reports are accurate.

Gas Guzzling SUVs

Last week, before passing the President's energy bill, Congress rejected a proposal to increase the gas mileage of sport utility vehicles, settling instead for a more modest increase in fuel-efficiency standards. Guest host Patt Morrison speaks with Greg Dana, the Vice President for Environmental Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Tony Swan, Executive Editor of Car and Driver magazine, and Congressman Henry Waxman.

The Nobel Centennial

California's had about a hundred Nobel laureates over the past hundred years, more than any other country and second only to the US as a whole. Guest host Dr. David Baltimore speaks with Deputy Consul General for Sweden, Anita Nasstrom-Ekman, and former first lady of California, Gayle Wilson, about plans for the Los Angeles Nobel Centennial Luncheon at the California Science Center.

National Coverage of Science in The Media

Is the public getting what it wants and needs from the media in terms science coverage? Guest host Dr. David Baltimore speaks with Editor at Large for the U.S. News and World Report, David Gergen, the Editor in Chief of the Los Angeles Times, John Carroll, NPR's Science Friday host of Talk of the Nation, Ira Flatow, and Miles O'Brian, Science reporter at CNN.

An Aids Vaccine

Guest host and Nobel laureate Dr. David Baltimore will discuss the problems of finding a vaccine for AIDS. Twenty years after the appearance of the disease, researchers seem no closer to finding a way to immunize the body against the virus that causes AIDS. Why? Dr. Baltimore explores this question with the Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, and with Dr. As Sy from the U.N. AIDS Liason Office in New York City.

Vin Scully

Guest host and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky speaks with the "Voice of the Dodgers" Vin Scully. Vin Scully discusses his half-century career as announcer for the Dodger's, life on the road, some of baseball's most memorable moments, and more.

County Music And Performing Arts Update

Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Deborah Borda, joins guest host Zev Yaroslavsky in conversation about efforts to attract world-class talent to Los Angeles through developing the arts infrastructure, as well as a performing arts update, and more.

Transportation Update

Guest host Zev Yaroslavsky speaks with Surface Transit Project Manager Martha Welborne about LA's latest transportation issues.