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21 - LAPD Public Information Director Josh Rubenstein

Josh Rubenstein made his name on Los Angeles Television reporting news and presenting weather for KCBS/KCAL. Now, as the LAPD’s Public Information Director, he uses his television knowledge in the presentation for body-cam videos in which there are questions of possible abuse of power. For his first sit-down interview about his former and new career ,Josh discusses why the career switch and how these videos are prepared for use on television. From some quarters they’ve drawn criticism and he...


20 - Smart phone dependency, addiction and hacking

Julie Albright, Alon Shwartz and Alan Silberberg talk about our dependence on smartphones and concerns about misinformation as it applies to elections and digital addiction. To watch these guests, visit the FOX 11 News In Depth page here: http://www.foxla.com/entertainment/features/fox-11-in-depth-from-the-california-wildfires-to-digital-addiction Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner You...


19 - Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary: Route 91 Strong

It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history on October 1st last year, as 58 people killed, 422 others wounded by gunfire, and many more injured trying to escape at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. We talk to some of the survivors of that concert as they share their experience that night and also talk about Route 91 Strong, an organization to help survivors of gun violence, and to raise awareness and funds and to gather resources for all victims, survivors...


18 - Las Vegas Shooting anniversary + agencies want to hear from victims

It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history on October 1st last year. 58 people killed and 422 others wounded by gunfire with many more injured trying to escape. It is a grim anniversary to say the least. One of the things that agencies in California and Nevada have been trying to do is reach out to people at that concert on the night of the massacre, since there are benefits available to you if you were there. You may feel like you don’t need those benefits now, but maybe...


17 - The California Coast Arthritis Bike Classic

In this episode, we’re talking about how we help each other. There are many organizations that raise money to find cures for all kinds of diseases, and arthritis is chief among them. The California Coast Arthritis Bike Classic is a bike ride to help raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. It's a decades-old event that brings in big dollars to help research in the many crippling arthritic diseases. Joining us are Shannon Marang Cox with the Arthritis Foundation, Raquel Ovilo...


16 - The Chatsworth Train Collision: 10 years later

It was 10 years ago this week on September 12, 2008, when a Metrolink commuter train slammed into a freight train head on in Chatsworth, California. It was one of the worst train disasters in California history. We spoke with Claudia, the wife of Doyle Souser, who was one of the victims of the collision, and also spoke to a couple Metrolink board members at the time. We remember what happened that day, and what safety improvements have been made since. To watch a video interview with these...


15 - It's back-to-school: Security, finances and education

Beaumont School Superintendent Terrence Davis, Rialto School Superintendent Cuauhtémoc Avila and Yucaipa/Calimesa Superintendent Cali Binks talk about their districts as school gets going for 2018\. Finances, school safety and teaching our kids. To watch a video interview with these guests, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11: http://www.foxla.com/entertainment/features/fox-11-in-depth-on-school-safety-helping-charities-and-a-look-back-on-the-beatles Hit the subscribe button on this podcast,...


14 - Operation Healing Forces: When our troops come home

What happens when those in our military come home? Life can be complicated. It’s the subject of this week’s episode as we explore local programs that help returning troops. With a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs just sworn in what does the future hole for veterans services. We discuss with veteran Noe Aguirre, USS Iowa CEO Jonathan Williams and Stephanie Stone with the LA County office of Veterans Affairs. Molly and Orlando Ambriz will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary in...


13 - Chris Carter talks Beatles, DJing, and Dramarama

We talk with Chris Carter, an LA disk jockey who started his career as a founding member of alt rock band Dramarama, then went on to have America's longest-running Beatles-based radio show and can now be found on Chris Carter's British Invasion on Sirius XM Radio. To watch a video interview with Chris Carter, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11: http://www.foxla.com/indepth Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner...


12 - Los Angeles issues, with county supervisor Hilda Solis

In this episode, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis talks about immigration and public health crisis in the area around the shuttered Exide Battery Plant. She calls it our Flint, Michigan. Solis is also the former Secretary of Labor in the Obama Administration, is critical of what's happening at the Department now under new leadership. To watch a video interview of Solis, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11:...


11 - Helping our homeless neighbors

In this episode, we take a deeper look at how the homeless crisis is being attacked on various levels. Guests include Elise Buik - President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Veronica Lewis who is the director of SSG Hopics - a homeless services provider that works in South LA. To watch a video interview of these guests, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11: http://www.foxla.com/entertainment/features/fox-11-news-in-depth-from-facing-fires-to-fighting-homelessness Hit the subscribe...


10 - Electric scooters (Bird, Lime): The creators and the law enforcers

We have a great roundtable in this episode, which covers the craze around those dock-less electric scooters you see popping up in various cities, including what seems to be the epicenter of activity here in Santa Monica, California. With so much interest (and controversy) over riding them legally, we talk with Santa Monica police, city officials and Lime's General Manager here in LA. We referenced a card that police have been handing out which covers the rules and regulations around the...


9 - How LADWP deals with heat storms, aging infrastructure

In this episode, we're exploring power companies and how they deal with heat and extreme weather -- a timely topic since we've been seeing record heat numbers in the greater Los Angeles area. We spoke to Marty Adams, the COO of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Marty is an LA native with more than 30 years experience in keeping up the vital water & power infrastructure to the city. Hal and Marty also address the aging infrastructure. To watch a video interview with Marty, visit...


8 - Velasco family talks about the San Bernardino attack, losing Yvette

Robert Velasco and his family have done very few interviews. In this unedited and extended public conversation, the family speaks about losing their daughter/sister Yvette to the traumatic terrorist attack in San Bernardino that took place on December 2, 2015\. Yvette was one of the 14 killed and would have been 30 years old this year. Understandably, it is tough for the members of this family to discuss something so horrific. Robert Velasco, retired as a Lt. from the CHP, also talked about...


7 - InSight Mission to study the inner space of Mars

On this episode, we learn about NASA's InSight Lander -- the next Mars Mission that launched on May 5, 2018 and will land November 26, 2018\. The mission is expected to last for a little over 1 Mars year, or 728 Earth days. Troy Hudson is an engineer at NASA's JPL and has an important role with the mission, and he gives us an insight into -- InSight! To watch a video interview with Troy, visit the In Depth page on FOX...


6 - The State of Hate

We assembled a group of religious/community leaders and the founders of the NoH8 campaign to discuss the state of hate in 2018\. With the help of Cal State San Bernardino hate-crime law professor Brian Levin we explored where we are and what we need to do. To watch a video interview of these guests, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11: http://www.foxla.com/entertainment/features/fox-11-news-in-depth-the-state-of-hate-in-2018 Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on...


5 - World Hip Hop Dance Champs TLxWC

On this episode, we learn about the varsity level World Hip Hop Dance Champs who are from Southern California. They're called TLxWC -- high schoolers from West Covina who are preparing to defend their title this summer. To watch a video interview of these performers, visit the In Depth page on FOX 11: http://www.foxla.com/entertainment/features/fox-11-news-in-depth-turning-tragedy-into-a-mission-defending-a-dance-title Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on social:...


4 - Teen Talk app for supporting teens

On this episode, we learn about a new app from Los Angeles suicide prevention hotline "Teen Line". It's called "Teen Talk" and is a way for young people that don't want to talk on the phone to be able to express their anxieties, fears, frustrations or, even, suicidal leanings and still reach out without fear when seeking help. Teen Talk app on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teen-talk-supporting-teens/id1282162138?mt=8 Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on...


3 - Fire season: Personal stories and prep tips from Ventura County firefighters

On this episode, we hear from retired Asst. Ventura County Fire Chief Andy Ortega, who lost his home in the Thomas fire. He's joined by Ventura County Division Chief Jeff Shea who was on the first two nights of the extremely damaging Thomas fire. They provide personal stories and important information we all should know about being prepared in light of what the Ventura County Fire Chief has said could potentially be as bad if not worse than 2017 which has gone down on record as THE worst...


2 - The RFK assassination: 50 years later

It’s been 50 years since Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Hal Eisner talks with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., United Farm Workers Co-Founder Dolores Huerta and veteran journalist Tim Harrell about that very dark day and the memories that will never go away. This week's "What the Hal?"! Hit the subscribe button on this podcast, and connect with Hal on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner You can watch FOX 11...