January 24, 2006
ALOUD on The Off-Ramp with Craig Newmark
Through a special collaboration with 89.3 KPCC, ALOUD on the Off-Ramp extends the insightful discussions of ALOUD at Central Library to allow both audience members and listeners the unique opportunity to engage each other in an informal exchange of ideas beyond the live lecture and performance series held regularly at the Downtown Central Library.
ALOUD on the Off-Ramp will present thought-provoking questions posed by participating guests from the award-winning series. 89.3 KPCC and ALOUD at Central Library invite you to join in and respond by voicing your own opinions and viewpoints.
Presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, in association with the Los Angeles Public Library, ALOUD at Central Library presents over 75 live events a year and provides a public forum for discussion and ideas from some of today’s brightest writers, thinkers, and innovators.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2006, as part of the WIRED Speakers Series presented by ALOUD, Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org, sat down with WIRED Magazine Articles Editor Thomas Goetz to discuss the implications and future of the community-run website. Newmark, a self-professed “nerd,” started craigslist in early 1995 as a means of better connecting people by letting them know about cool or useful events happening around San Francisco. The site rapidly grew and flourished into one of the Internet’s most popular destinations, a large online community, used to find anything from a house to a job, a wheelbarrow to a French teacher.
Craig Newmark posed the following question for ALOUD on the Off Ramp:
Given the increasing importance of Internet-based news and information sites (think Wikipedia, About.com, Web-MD, etc.), how do we counter disinformation attacks that use fraudulent information?
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January 20, 2006
Thought you might like to see the house and some of the ladies of Wilfandel. This oldest African-American women's club in Los Angeles just celebrated its 60th anniversary.
January 17, 2006
Today on "Talk of the City" we discussed a proposal from a pair of Sacramento lawmakers for a Citizens Assembly -- average Jane and Joe citizens who would be invited to meet every other weekend to come up with better ideas for redistricting, term limits and other issues of governing.
Oh, and here's a picture from our Sacramento conversation with Assemblymen Keith Richman and Joe Canciamilla.
January 9, 2006
It's truly a week for legal wonks! The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court have begun.
Today on "Talk of the City" we asked listeners to give us the questions THEY would ask if they were a member of that committee. What about you? What would you ask? What do you think of the quality of the discussion? How would you vote?
January 5, 2006
Sacramento Here We Are!!!
It's been a long day here in the state capitol. Or is it capital? I can never remember. At any rate, producer Aimee Machado and I had our first interview in the State Senate Majority Leader's office at 8:30. It's a different place now that the curmudgeony John Burton has left office. I guess with term limits, lawmakers have less time to gather trinkets. But Senate President Pro Temp Don Perata is a frank talker and it was a good way to start the day.
The rest of the morning flew by -- more interviews, trying to remember how to get from the old part of the building to the new wing, dodging the dozens of tour groups, taking a side trip to the vestibule where the new painting of former Governor Gray Davis is on display. (I personally still like the modern version of Jerry Brown. Remind me to replace my staff photo with something in a similar vein...)
Nice weather up here. And the state Christmas tree (holiday tree?) is still up, though a bit dried out at this point. It's quite a sight tonight -- the evergreen on one lawn, a white circus tent on another. That's where we, the press corp watched the Governor's State of the State address and waited till every lawmaker in town paraded through for an "availability." We gathered a few more interviews for tomorrow's discussion on infrastructure before our chilled fingers froze.
Tomorrow? Another day of watching the state's business being made before our very eyes. Check us out at 2.
Meanwhile, here's a few pictures from today's adventures.
Inside the Media Tent
Kitty Interviews Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez
January 3, 2006
"Talk of the City" is heading north to Sacramento this week, to preview the Governor's State of the State address, deconstruct the infrastructure bond proposal, and test the waters to see whether the Democrats and Republicans can play nicely this year.
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