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"Walking the Beat with Chief Beck"

The history of Los Angeles is filled with colorful characters leading its police department, with varying philosophies on how to run the squad. Police brutality and an "Us vs. Them" mindset of the Chief William Parker era paved the way to the Watts Riots. Chief Daryl Gates’ "Circle the Wagons" attitude following the Rodney King beatings brought scrutiny through the Christopher Commission. Which then gave way to the kindler, gentler hand of Chief William Bratton and the advent of community policing. Our newest top cop, Chief Charlie Beck, a 35-year veteran of the force, promises to expand community policing further and instill a culture of cooperation all the way down the ranks. What challenges lay ahead for the LAPD? Speaker: Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck Town Hall Vault Speakers: Police Chief Daryl Gates (1981) Police Chief Willie Williams (1992) Police Chief Bernard Parks (2002) Interview: Joe Domanick, author of To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams

"The Smart Grid of the 21st Century"

Nearly $5 billion of federal funding has been earmarked for modernizing the nation's electrical grids. This week on Town Hall Journal, the head of Edison International discusses the Smart Grid, Smart Meters and what they mean to Edison customers, our economy and our climate. The advantages to consumers and the environment are clear – monitoring our own electricity needs could make us smarter about energy consumption. But some consumer groups are concerned – could Smart Meters reveal too much about our daily lives, leaving us vulnerable to crime and privacy invasion? We’ll ask a public policy lawyer for her opinion. And, we’ll go back in time to 1980, to hear from an expert at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the beginnings of the Smart Grid. Speaker: Ted Craver, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International Town Hall Vault Speaker: Dr. Marshall Alper, Manager of Solar Energy Program, JPL (1980) Interview: Jennifer Urban, Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clini
The newly passed Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act promises to help Americans overcome the perils of predatory lending, sneaky credit card practices and Wall Street gone wild. Yet even with the 400-some new rules and regulations it establishes, there are loopholes. Never fear - we’ve got a new sheriff to tame this wild west. Elizabeth Warren has just been named as a Special Advisor to head up the Consumer Protection Agency the bill mandates. But many fear that government chokeholds will lead to more expensive banking – in other words, the end of the free checking account as we know it. Does the bill do enough to protect us? Or is oversight overkill? Panelists: Jane Wells, CNBC Business News Reporter Carmen Balber, Director, Consumer Watchdog, Washington, D.C. Adam Schneir, Associate, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Rosalind Tyson, Regional Director, Los Angeles Office, Securities Exchange Commission Johannes Worsoe, Senior Executive V.P., Global & Wealth Markets Group, Union Bank Town Hall Vault Speakers: George C. Eads, Council of Economic Advisors (1979) Richard Rosenberg, Chairman & CEO, Bankamerica Corp. Interview: John Carney, Senior Editor,

Health Care Reform: The Bottom Line

Despite massive amounts of media coverage, most Americans would be hard pressed to name the key elements of the newly passed Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010 – better known as the Health Care Reform bill. But the changes will affect us all. For business owners, whether you have ten employees or ten thousand, there is a wealth of questions to be asked and answered. This week on TOWN HALL Journal, host Judy Muller takes a magnifying glass to the fine print with two employee benefits experts. We’ll visit the Town Hall Vault for a view of the health care landscape of a quarter-century ago. And we’ll find out how much the average Angeleno knows about the changes in their future. Speakers: Ronald C. Mason, Senior Consultant, Towers Watson; and Christine Infante, Senior Consultant, Towers Watson Town Hall Vault Speakers (1984): Samuel Kaplan, President, U.S. Administrators; Michael Stevens, President, Hoag Hospital; Arnold Glassman, Manager of Benefits and Communications, ARCO; and David Horner, Ph.D, Head of California Medical Association

Journalism on the Rebound

Far from causing the downfall of journalism, as some have predicted, the digital age has resulted in a wealth of information sources, from 24-hour cable channels to internet bloggers to iPhone alerts. This, in addition to traditional newspapers, TV and radio news, means we’re never more than seconds away from the latest headlines. But which new media are credible? Who do you trust for unbiased information? According to Jim Lehrer, host of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, anyone who cares about the issues now just has to work a little harder to get accurate news. And anyone who cares about the business of journalism has to embrace the changes – or risk being thrown out with yesterday’s papers.

The Perils of Greening

We all want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But, when does doing right mean doing wrong? As Heather Rogers found when researching her book Green Gone Wrong, many aspects of our growing “green economy” have created an economic vs. environmental dilemma for those whom it’s meant to benefit. One example? The market for bio-fuels, which has led to clear-cutting of the Indonesian rain forest. Can we go green without causing the blues?

The Invisible Wounds of War

Since October 2001, over 1.6 million U.S. troops have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these veterans suffer from the so-called ‘invisible wounds of war,’ which include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and homelessness. In fact, Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest population of homeless veterans. Are we as a society doing enough to help our service men and women get back on their feet? Town Hall recently convened a panel of experts to discuss the challenges faced by 21st century veterans. Our Vault segment takes us back to World War II, when Americans were urged to help returning soldiers by creating prosperity at home. And we’ll hear from a former commander in Iraq who has found solace by helping others cope.

The Daring Young Men and Women of the US Military

One of the may mottos of the US Military is "To Win Hearts and Minds." Though the phrase make smack of war propaganda, it is practiced by the military. Throughout the history of warfare, the US has a long tradition of taking care of the citizens of occupied or invaded countries. Author Richard Reeves tells one such story in his book "Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift," which tells the tales of the military men who delivered supplies and lifelines to the people of West Berlin. In a campaign that was supposed to last 30 days and lasted more than a year, these brave service men battled harsh conditions and the remnants of war to help those who were previously trying to kill them. Reeves wrote the book in response to the reports of military behavior during the Abu Ghraib scandal. Tune-in to hear this fascinating and not widely known story of post World War II Berlin. In our Vault Segment, we hear from three different Joint Chiefs of Staff one of whom warns the US about Osama bin Laden one year prior to September 11th, the second assures us of safety after 9.11, and the current one, Admiral Mike Mullen, who speaks about long military deployments. For the Street Segment, we ask if the draft should be reinstated. We think you'll be surprised by the answers. If you support the troops, please tune-in and listen to stories of their bravery.

3D - Everything Old is New Again

The unprecedented success of Avatar has created a new but reminiscent wave in the movie industry. With the popularity of its revolutionary 3D technology and recent announcements that Sony is manufacturing 3D televisions while Discovery networks announces its 3D channel launching in 2011, TOWN HALL wondered if 3D is the latest gimmick or a true evolution of the entertainment industry. We also wondered which woos moviegoers - the story or technology? This week, host Judy Muller interviews Jim Chabin, President of the International 3D Society about Avatar and the future of 3D. She also checks-in with David Ansen, film critic for Newsweek magazine and artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival about which is the bigger draw, technology or story? He lends his point of view on what 3D technology means for the future of entertainment. Our Vault Segment takes us back to 1986 when the colorization of movies was the technology trend creating the most buzz and controversy. Finally, we eavesdrop on what contemporary moviegoers consider a worthwhile viewing experience. In honor of the Oscars, we present this insight into the evolution of technology in film.

Top 10 Risks of the 21st Century

TOWN HALL Journal presents the "Top 10 Risks of the 21st Century," as identified by Joseph Plumeri, President and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. Plumeri names obvious risks like terrorism and not-so-obvious risks like globalization. Plumeri points out that the interconnectivity of his industry, banking and global commerce all contribute to the current economic crisis. Other notable risks include product tampering, pandemics and cyber security. From the TOWN HALL Vault comes a collection of "Risks at the Time," which spans from 1974-1996 and includes insights from Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of GD Searle & Company. Finally, our street segment features local small business owners who address the risks facing them. If risk is your business, or your business is at risk, be sure you tune-in!