Teachers Union President, Calling-Out Catcallers, and...10/29/14
Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, talks about the resignation of LAUSD Superintendent -- and teachers union rival -- John Deasy earlier this month. Later, the cautionary tale of a company that?s managed to establish a...
Snail Mail Surveillance and Tough Choices for Transgendered Kids
The government might be spying on your non-electronic mail. Also, Madeleine takes a firsthand look at the tough choices faced by families of very young transgendered kids.
The Politics of Ebola Quarantines and Zombies v The World Series
What political pressures were at play in the forced quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox, who was isolated in New Jersey over the weekend after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone? Also, more people tuned in to ?The Walking Dead? than...
Ebola Survivors in West Africa, Uber Protests, and a History of Ouija...
We take a ground-level look at the plight of Ebola survivors in West Africa. Also, a history of the Ouija board, the spooky game that?s now the subject of a new horror film.
Inside the Snowden Story, Fake Classes for Athletes, and More
A new documentary follows NSA leaker Edward Snowden through his decisions to release top-secret documents and go public. Also, a 20-year cheating scandal designed to boost student athletes? grades has been exposed at the University of North Carolina.
Actor Tony Hale, Blackwater Verdict, and the Myth of Online Anonymity
Today, four Blackwater contractors were found guilty in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. We get an update from the courtroom. Also, is the app Whisper, which invites users to share their darkest secrets, as anonymous as advertised?
Remembering Oscar, a Prehistory of Air Conditioning, and NFL to L.A.?
Beloved fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, known for his timelessly beautiful, yet wearable garments, died yesterday at the age of 82. And will LA soon have a pro football team again...and is that a good thing?
Voter ID Laws, the Truth about Andy Kaufman and Rating the Ratings
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that requires an ID to vote. We talk about that, and Andy Kaufman, who died 30 years ago. His former writing partner unravels the mysteries of the comedian?s life and death.
Ebola Czar, Gamergate, and a History of Scary Clowns
President Obama?s new ?Ebola czar,? Ron Klain, doesn?t have a healthcare background. Does it matter? Also, a history of scary clowns in pop culture.
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Resigns, Marvel Ventures Into YA
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy resigned this morning. We look at what made him such a divisive figure, and what?s next for the district.
Ebola Treatment Challenges, and Bay Guardian Shutdown Reflects Cultural...
Why is it so hard for local hospitals to contain the Ebola virus, even if they take protective measures? Also, what does the shuttering of the San Francisco Bay Guardian say about the city?s changing culture?
Foie Gras, Frozen Eggs, and Taylor Swift
Today on Press Play, we talk about a new policy by some Silicon Valley companies to offer egg freezing procedures for female employees so they can postpone childbirth. We also discuss California?s ban on foie gras and the phenomenon that is Taylor...
The Economics of Ebola and the Untold Story of Trapped Chilean Miners
The cost of containing the Ebola virus is adding up quickly for the U.S. But it pales in comparison to the possible $30 billion West Africa could lose to the disease. We break down that number, and hear from one business owner in Liberia who?s been...
Reporting on Ebola, Searching for Kim, and Saying Hello to Kitty
NPR?s Anders Kelto recently returned from a two week reporting trip in Sierra Leone, one of three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. He joins us to discuss his experiences there.
LAUSD's Student Records Problem and the History of the Jheri Curl
LAUSD?s new computerized scheduling system has some students sitting around in auditoriums, waiting to be assigned to their classes. We discuss the ongoing issues.
How We Fight Wildfires
Wildfire season is in full swing, and a pilot died yesterday while fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park. Are our fire prevention techniques up-to-date?
Waze, Water Wasters, and Jill Soloway on 'Transparent'
Some of the state?s highest water officials are also its biggest water wasters. Who are they, and how are they using up to 1 million gallons of water a year?
Inside the World of Jihadi Hunters
?Jihadi hunters? are civilians dedicated to tracking Islamic extremists online. Will they eventually be embraced by the intelligence community?
Force Feeding at Guantanamo and the Politics of History
Today on Press Play, we take a look at the first trial over force feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Plus, we discuss the fight over history lessons in a Colorado school district.
Will CicLAvia Bring Gentrification to East LA?
This Sunday, thousands of bicyclists will roll through the streets of L.A. for the 10th CicLAvia. They?ll be peddling through some neighborhoods previously untouched by the event, including East Los Angeles, and not everyone there is happy about it....
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