Newsom, Trump, Roberts: Politics and Policy

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Did Gov. Gavin Newsom dig himself into a hole by first embracing strong enforcement of coronavirus regulations, then easing  up, and finally reversing himself?  We examine the twists and turns of the governor’s decision making.  We also wonder whether President Donald Trump has dug himself into an even deeper hole with his promise that the […]

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Trump: Wild on the Trail. Karen Bass for VP?

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

We dissect President Donald Trump’s erratic, inflammatory return to the campaign trail amid rising numbers of coronavirus victims and polls showing he faces a tough re-election fight.  We also handicap the competition for the Democratic vice presidential nomination and take a close look at a new California contender, Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles. Inside […]

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The Protests

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill and Sherry debate the pace and reality of change demanded by protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police.  They also discuss one of the most significant developments in American politics, the emergence of a strong new generation of African American women mayors. And they look at the controversy over […]

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Are Latinos being ignored in the debate over police brutality?

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Where have Latinos gone in the raging controversy over police misconduct? Why is the issue usually framed in terms of black and white ethnicities? Bill and Sherry tackle the subject against a backdrop of police killings of African American men.  They also examine the U.S. Supreme Court decision on employment rights of the LGBTQ community […]

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Protests: Anger and Hope

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Were the police too rough with demonstrators protesting the death of  George Floyd?  Bill and Sherry zero in on the Los Angeles Police Department for a discussion of this controversial subject.  They want to know who was responsible for the LAPD tactics used against the demonstrators and  they ask about the roles of Mayor Eric […]

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The Protests: Our takes

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill and Sherry debate the pace and reality of change demanded by protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police.  They also discuss one of the most significant developments in American politics, the emergence of a strong new generation of African American women mayors. And they look at the controversy over […]

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Disruption

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill and Sherry explore President Donald Trump’s potent weapon, disruption, throwing the bright shiny object into the national debate to take attention away from the rising coronavirus toll and a distressed economy.  His targets include vote by mail and Joe Scarborough.  We also reach into California history for reasons why some Californians are resistant to […]

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The Media, Obamagate and Newsom

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill and Sherry wonder if Governor Gavin Newsom is being politically smart–or gutless–in cutting education to help make up the $54 billion state budget deficit.   They question whether the media is digging up the full story on state finances.  And they examine how the media, locked in the past, isn’t up to the challenge […]

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Woes: Budget and political

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill and Sherry explore the immediate and long-term damage caused by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s  $54 billion in California state budget cuts–a result of the stubborn coronavirus pandemic.  We also look at how President Donald Trump is reacting to the pandemic numbers.   Not well, judging from his reaction when reporters ask about them.  But he […]

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Newsom, Biden, and the poor

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Bill  and Sherry explore whether Gov. Gavin Newsom is caving in to rebels against his shelter-at-home policy.  The podcasters disagree over Joe Biden’s   campaign strategy.  Sherry favors Biden laying back, a version of the great heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope, where he waited against the ropes until his opponent punched himself into exhaustion.  […]

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