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What The Hal?

What The Hal? is a podcast where we talk in depth with newsmakers and public figures on significant topics that are relevant to our Los Angeles audience. This podcast is a more intimate conversation with the guests that appear on the FOX 11 News In Depth show that airs Sunday mornings on FOX 11.

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93 - 52 in 52: Downey

The city of Downey is nestled in-between Los Angeles and Orange counties and is often times considered part of the gateway cities. What makes Downey so interesting is it’s the birthplace of the aerospace industry—home to the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Another fun fact—it’s also home to the oldest McDonalds restaurant. In this podcast we speak with Carol Rowland with “Keep Downey Beautiful” who talked about the city’s history and culture.  We then met with the President of the Columbia Memorial Space Center Ben Dickow who talked about the aerospace background of the city. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

17mins

1 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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94 - 52 in 52: Tarzana

Tarzana is a little beautiful neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. It’s named after a famous star—Tarzan! The Tarzana Community Cultural Center on Ventura Blvd. is a museum that honors Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. We caught up with Helen Baker who founded the center almost 20 years ago. In this podcast we also talked to residents about their concerns with homelessness and chatted with Councilmen Bob Blumenfield who addressed some of the issues residents are facing and what the city plans to do about it. He also spoke about the historic orange groves. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

23mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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66 - Words from Holocaust survivors

They survived the unspeakable-- the Holocaust. David Lenga and Adela Manheimer were both children living in concentration camps at the time of Nazi Germany. Filmmaker Donna Kanter recently released a documentary highlighting stories of people involved in the Holocaust. Today's guests are Holocaust survivors David Lenga, Adela Manheimer, Fred Zaidman, who is the son of a the Holocaust survivor, and writer and producer Donna Kanter. For more information on the documentary The Presence of their Absence go to thepresenceoftheirabsence.com.Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

32mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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59 - Harden your home against wildfires

We don't know when or where they'll strike. But wildfires, once they hit, can leave behind a wake of destruction lasting years.In this episode we talk about the recent California wildfires and what people can do to better protect their homes. Our guest are Fire Captain Tony Imbrenda of L.A. County Fire, Captain Steve Kaufmann of Ventura County Fire, and Scott Harris the Chief Operating Officer of Building Construction Group. You can watch these guests on our FOX 11 News In-Depth segment here: http://www.foxla.com/features/fox-11-in-depth-harden-your-home-against-wildfires Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisnerThanks for listening! Hal Eisner

31mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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77 - Discussing fire trends and new tools with LA City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas

While urban sprawl and changing weather conditions have made firefighting more difficult in the city of LA, the department has grown and adapted to meet the challenges. LA City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas is a 35-year-veteran with the Los Angeles Fire Department and has served as chief for five years. In this podcast Terrazas discusses how firefighting has changed in the city as well as discuses new tools, equipment and future programs for the department. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

35mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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36 - Carnival Cruise Line's new ship out of Long Beach: The Panorama

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated New Year's Day with its first-ever float in the 2019 Rose Parade. The float honors their new cruise ship - the Panorama - that will operate out of Long Beach. Carnival officials say cruising is growing in popularity. Some companies are targeting millennials. Others target seniors. And, dozens of new ships are about to be released by cruise lines as they bring bigger and more diverse ships online. New sky rides, roller coasters diverse restaurants are among the new trends. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner You can watch FOX 11 News In Depth on FOX 11 and KCOP My13. Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

18mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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49 - News Literacy Project

How do you separate fact from fiction with so much information out there? We're talking about an organization called the News Literacy Project, which helps students learn how to figure some of that out on their own. For more information, you can visit https://www.eqheadquarters.com Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: For more information about the News Literacy Project, visit: https://newslit.org/ Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

24mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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81 - A local firefighter’s fight against ALS

Los Angeles firefighter Eric Stevens is now in the fight of his life against ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  Stevens was diagnosed in August, just a month after his wedding. As shattering as that diagnosis was, Stevens and his family take comfort in the support of his fire department cronies and the public.  In this podcast Stevens discusses his journey with ALS as well as clinical trials currently in the works that has helped a number of people. Our guests include Eric Stevens, his wife Amanda Stevens and his brother Brett Stevens.   For more information and to find ways to help Stevens and so many others go to StevensNation.com. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

31mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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30 - The growing threat of wildfires

The Woolsey Fire, The Lilac Fire, the Holy Fire...  These things have names, but for those caught in their cross hairs, they will be remembered for the horror they created. In this episode we talk with LA City Fire Captain Erik Scott, LA County Fire Captain Tony Imbrenda and Captain Brian McGrath from Ventura County Fire.  To all, global warming issues are a concern, but so are the horrendous fires they are frequently being called in to fight. In this segment, reaction to the report and to the growing threat. You can watch these firefighters on our In-Depth show here: http://foxla.com/indepth 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 News In Depth Sundays at noon PT on KCOP Channel 13. Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

42mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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34 - Teachers' Strike and the State of Education

As LA teachers grabbed picket signs and took to the streets in their first strike action in 30 years, and as there are protests in states all over the country about classroom rooms sizes and proper care and resources for students -- we wanted to look at The State of Education in 2019. Joining me at the table are some great educators. Julie Marsh is a professor of Education Policy at USC. Ivor Weiner is a professor from Cal State Northridge University's Special Education Department. Also at the table are Ioanna Sklavenitis and Annemarie Kingston. Both are teachers in West LA. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner You can watch FOX 11 News In Depth on FOX 11 and KCOP My13. Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

56mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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75 - Saugus Strong: Students, parents reflect on deadly school shooting

Students from Saugus High School are still on extended break from classes after a gunman opened fire on campus—killing two people before turning the gun on himself. It was a shooting that rocked the whole community, many still in disbelief. In this podcast we talk to some of the students and a teacher who were running for cover and barricading inside a classroom as chaos erupted on campus. We also talk to some parents who describe what it was like the morning of November 14 as they received texts from their children alerting them of a shooting.  Our guests include Saugus High students Mandy and Cassie Eckleman as well as their mother Stephanie Eckleman, students Abby and Emily Cannizzaro and mom Kelley Cannizzaro and Marine Studies and biology teacher David Stradling. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

41mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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84 - Raising awareness about human trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Prevention month. It’s a time that shines a light on the issue and raises awareness. In 2018, 10,949 cases of human trafficking were reported to the Polaris-operated National Human Trafficking Hotline. According to statistics from Polaris these cases involved 23,078 individual survivors; 5,859 potential traffickers and 1,905 trafficking businesses. Human trafficking is still one of the most under reported crimes and often times go unnoticed.  Many people working in the hotel industry are now being trained on how to spot human trafficking and are learning ways to help the victim get to safety. In this podcast we discuss ways to spot human trafficking, how to potentially give help to a victim and look at a few laws and tactics law enforcement is doing to help. Our guests include former prosecutor Mary David and Elisabeth Gegner with Freedom Ride Project. A community forum on legalization and decriminalization of prostitution will be held Jan. 15 in San Clemente. For information on the event click here. And in Downey a Human Trafficking Conference will take place on Jan. 11 The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is (888) 373-7888 or you can text Be Free (233733)Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

35mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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46 - Surviving the earthquake: Prepare

The 1906 San Francisco Quake is one of the most powerful on record in California. Since then, there have been dozens of strong quakes that have caused widespread damage and loss of life – from the Northridge Quake in Southern California to the Loma Prieta Quake in Northern California.  Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones reminds us that quakes can be sudden and unpredictable, but preparing for them can remove some of the danger.  First, we take a look at how to prepare for a quake with Chris Nance of the California Earthquake Authority, and Annde Ewertsen of Earthquake Brace + Bolt. For more information, you can visit https://www.eqheadquarters.com Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

18mins

10 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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42 - WorkingNation: Reporting on the future of work and jobs

In this episode, we talk to WorkingNation: a non-profit media content provider dedicated to shining a light on the problem of structural unemployment and to reporting on how corporations, governments, nonprofits and educational institutions are working to close the job skills gap that is threatening to disrupt our global economy. We talk about the future of jobs and the work we do in the USA. Ramona Schindelheim and Joan Lynch work for WorkingNation. Lynch is the WorkingNation Chief Content and Programming Officer and Ramona is the organization's Editor-in-Chief. We also talk to Paul Irving. He's the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging Chairman. For more information, visit http://workingnation.com. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

32mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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67 - Gunshot sounds and anxiety

Mass shootings seem to be happening more and more; at schools, workplaces, malls, and places of worship. And they have just about everyone on edge. In this podcast we talk about how to deal with "active shooter anxiety" while remaining vigilant and safe. Our guests include Clinical Neuro-psychologist Judy Ho, Anaheim Police Officer Brett Heitmann, and Judge Mary Chrzanowski.Dr. Judy Ho’s new book is titled:  "Stop Self Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way."Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

25mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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85 - Learning about the game of pickleball

It's one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., but still a lot of people have never heard of it. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong and is a game that appeals to all ages. Joining us in this podcast is Bill Green who runs Sports Tutor-- which gives pickleball lessons. With him are Peter Martinez and James Napikin- who are here to explain a little about this new craze.Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

10mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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35 - LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby

A rare conversation! This week an in-depth conversation with Daryl Osby the Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department! Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner You can watch FOX 11 News In Depth on FOX 11 and KCOP My13. Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

31mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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45 - Training programs in cloud computing and the medical field

In this episode, we talk about a couple programs that revolve around training programs and job opporunities. One of them is Cloud computing. It's is all the rage, and now Santa Monica College is teaching cloud computing, for one simple reason...all the big companies are using it. The other program is about medical assitance programs at UCLA We had several people on the podcast talking about each of these two topics.   To watch these guests on FOX 11's In Depth, click here: http://www.foxla.com/features/fox-11-in-depth-schwarzenegger-vs-trump-proposed-after-school-program-cuts Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

37mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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69 - Cold Case Murders

You've probably never heard of Barbara Jean Jepsen, but in 1956 her murder made headlines. Jepsen's husband found her stabbed to death at their home in Van Nuys. She was four months pregnant at the time. At one point, Liberace's brother was a suspect. So were several soldiers at a local military base. Now, more than six decades later, the Jepson cold case is back open.Stephanie Lazarus was once a well-respected Los Angeles police detective. But she had a big secret. Lazarus killed her ex-boyfriend's wife, and got away with it for more than two decades, until DNA caught up with her. It all came crashing down when cold-case investigators made the arrest. Our guests are Det. Mario Santana, Det. Rachel Evans, Det. Ken White, Det. Marc Martinez from LAPD's Valley Bureau Homicide and Matthew McGough, who wrote the true-crime book "The Lazarus Files."If you have any information on these or other murder cases, call Valley Bureau Homicide at (818) 374-9550.Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social:Facebook.com/HalEisnerInstagram.com/HalEisnerTwitter.com/HalEisner

29mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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52 - The air we breathe

We all do it! In fact, you're doing it right now, right? We're talking about breathing the air around you. The American Lung Association recently issued a report card for cities across the country. In Los Angeles and the counties of Southern California... we got an F. We failed. In fact, we failed in 19 of the last 20 years. To the lung association 80% of that is because of the cars on our roads and freeways. To the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) it's mostly the big trucks. The AQMD says it has been working hard on converting trucks to zero-emission vehicles. The lung association says that despite the failing grade there has been much progress over the years in improving the air we breath. But, doctors say they're not necessarily seeing a corresponding improving in patient health. In this podcast we hear from the AQMD's Wayne Nastri and Dr. Philip Fine. Also joining us is Will Barrett from the American Lung Association. Hit the subscribe button on this podcast and connect with me on social: Facebook.com/HalEisner Instagram.com/HalEisner Twitter.com/HalEisner Thanks for listening! Hal Eisner

39mins

16 May 2019

Rank #20