Recently on Town Hall Journal
Who’s to blame for the high cost of health care? Doctors? Insurance companies? Wall Street? Or is it us, and our unhealthy lifestyles? No doubt there is plenty of blame to go around, and everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else. Uninsured patients strain the resources of hospitals and clinics. Doctors overbill insurance companies and order unnecessary procedures to make up the difference. Insurance companies? They just keep raising their premiums, all the while dropping policy holders and cutting back on payouts in an effort to satisfy shareholders. With 51 million Americans uninsured, where do we begin if we want to fix the system? This week on Town Hall Journal, we’ll hear some possible solutions from an insurance company insider. And we’ll talk with a former insider who’s made it his mission to pull back the curtain on corporate insurance practices he says are costing us all money. Town Hall Speaker: Pam Kehaly, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross California Interview: Wendell Potter, author of ‘Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans’ Town Hall Vault Speakers: Samuel Kaplan, President, U.S. Administrators (1984) Max Fine, Health Benefits Consultant (1986)
The War on Terror – A Long Look Back The death of Osama Bin Laden has pushed the ‘war on terror’ back into the headlines. But while there are still many unanswered questions about what’s next for the United States in Afghanistan, it could be instructive to remember how we got there in the first place. This week, Town Hall Journal takes a look back through its vast archives at ten years of speakers. Pre-9/11, the advisor to the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan warned that U.S. aggression was turning heroes into terrorists. A post 9/11 panel questioned the wisdom of treating that event as an act of war, rather than an international crime, and responding as such. And a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence shed light on the misinformation that led the U.S. into war with Iraq. Now that Bin Laden has been taken out of the picture, can retracing the long road to his hideout prevent us from repeating the same mistakes? Can we expect retribution from Al Qaeda? Have we finally ended the war on terror – or is there more to come? Town Hall Vault Speakers: Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, advisor to Taliban leader Mullah Omar (2001) Tad Daley,visiting scholar, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001) Michael Intriligator, Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001) Steven Spiegal, Associate Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001) Khaled Abou El Fadl –Professor of Law, expert in Islamic law and terrorism (2001) Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush (2003)Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (2004)
Last year, as co-owners Frank and Jamie McCourt launched into a bitter divorce and legal battle for control of the LA Dodgers, Town Hall Journal took a look back at the couple’s high hopes for what they called a “family adventure.” But the McCourt’s family saga turns out to be more like the Carringtons than the Waltons. Now, after over a year of feuding ownership, financial mismanagement and plummeting attendance, Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, has called a time-out on the McCourts. Citing “deep concerns” over the operations of the team, Selig appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to restore some law and order until, presumably, a new owner takes the reins. This week, we once again visit the Town Hall Vault for batting tips from Tommy Lasorda, team-building insight from Casey Wasserman, and stories from LA’s long romance with the Dodgers. And we’ll ask the question on everyone’s mind – what’s next for our boys in blue? Town Hall Vault Speakers: Al Downing, former pitcher, L.A. Dodgers (1981) Tommy Lasorda, former manager, L.A. Dodgers (1996, 1997) Fred Roggin, Sports Director, NBC-4 (2004) Robert Graziano, President, L.A. Dodgers (2004) Casey Wasserman, Owner, L.A. Avengers (2004) Jamie McCourt, Co-owner, L.A. Dodgers (2005) Interview: Jeff Fellenzer, USC Professor in Sports, Business & Media
When Hollywood filmed the amazing story of Jaime Escalante and his students at Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, charismatic actor Edward James Olmos was chosen to portray him. But when Escalante spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles in 1990, listeners found the man himself to be equally charismatic. His talk, delivered with feeling, insight and humor, conveyed the passion for learning and belief in his students that inspired hundreds of them to study after school and weekends to pass the daunting advanced placement calculus test – which nearly all of them did. In this special Town Hall Journal, we present Escalante’s talk nearly in its entirety. These days, as budgets shrink, class sizes grow and teachers struggle against all odds to prepare their students for the future, the teaching philosophies of the man who was called ‘America’s greatest teacher’ continue to resonate – and inspire.
When Theodore Roosevelt’s son broke his nose playing football in 1906, the president saw a need to make college athletics safer. The result was the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which has been responsible for regulating varsity sports ever since. But lately, some have called foul on the organization for allegedly exploiting student players. While their athletic talent can mean big bucks for their colleges and universities, the students see none of those riches, and in fact are required to sign away their image and likeness – perhaps in perpetuity. In his recent talk at Town Hall Los Angeles, NCAA president Mark Emmert contends that a college education, travel and other perks are ample compensation for amateur athletes. But the business of college sports is, arguably, anything but amateur. Now a pending class-action lawsuit by athletes against the NCAA could change the game as we know it forever. Town Hall Speaker: Mark Emmert, President, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Interview: Jeff Fellenzer, USC Professor in Sports, Business & Media Town Hall Vault Speaker: Jerry Buss, Owner, Los Angeles Lakers (1980)
To prepare this country’s 21st century workforce, our schools need to go full ‘STEAM’ ahead. That means science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Studies show that students need these vital subjects to develop real-world creativity and innovation – the essential skillset of tomorrow. But recent trends in federal legislation have prioritized core subjects over the kind of wholistic learning that educators advocate. And in a down-turned economy, even the most passionate teachers feel stifled by lack of resources. Can big business help? In the second of two programs based around a recent Town Hall Los Angeles conference, educators and business leaders convene to talk about creative solutions – and how both teachers and businesses can profit from them. “What Do Teachers Want from Business?” Town Hall Speakers: Dean Gilbert, Science Consultant, LA County Office of Education Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent Learning Dr. Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year, Grant Union High School Dr. Kichoon Yang, Executive Director, National Council of Mathematics Teachers “What Does Business Want from Teachers?” Town Hall Speakers: David Baia, Global Resources Industry Capability Development Lead, Accenture Nan Bouchard, VP Program Management – Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company Teresa Hoffman, SVP – Manager of Recruitment, City National Bank Joseph Rivera, Director of Engineering, The Gas Company Town Hall Vault Speaker: Chris Whittle, Founder, Edison Schools (1995)