TOWN HALL Journal is a lively, informative radio magazine, hosted by Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist Judy Muller, and presented by Town Hall Los Angeles, Los Angeles’ premier platform for public speaking. Each week, the program draws upon Town Hall speakers past and present for an in-depth look into political, economic and cultural issues affecting the daily lives of Angelenos.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This week, TOWN HALL Journal welcomes Yang-Ho Cho of Korean Air, who tells us why, despite tough economic times, Korean Air is poised to break ground on a billion-dollar hotel and office complex on the site of the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Foreign money has long played an important role in shaping Los Angeles, and our Vault segment takes us back to 1988, when fifty percent of downtown was foreign-owned, mostly by Japanese corporations. We’ll hear from Christopher Stewart of the Central City Association, who saw a revitalized, world-class downtown in L.A.'s future, thanks to an influx of global capitol. But twenty-two years later, have we fulfilled that promise?
President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) and possibly the next Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Dr. Janet Yellen, gives her observations on the US economy. Yellen's prognosis is best described as tempered optimism. She does not agree with speculations that high federal budget deficits partnered with low interest rates are cause for concern. Instead, she articulates why the fear is understandable but misguided.