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The Compton School Board has authorized campus police to carry AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. Police in many other school districts have them already. Could they pose more danger than they prevent? LAUSD announced today that its police will no longer cite or arrest students for minor offenses. Last week, at $38M, a 1962 Ferrari became the most expensive car ever sold. We talk to author William Deresiewicz about the downside of Ivy League educations. In a new book, he argues that elite schools are zombie factories. And finally, Silvertop, an iconic hillside residence is on the market for the first time since 1974. We take a look at the history of the home and the legacy of the architect behind it, John Lautner.

Banner Image: Police transfer high school students backpacks into a school bus to be picked up later at a different location.

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Arming School Police 8 MIN, 15 SEC

The Compton School Board has authorized campus police to carry AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. But Compton’s not the only district buying the weapons for school officers. School police in Los Angeles, Baldwin Park, Santa Ana, Fontana and San Bernardino also have them. Why? And could they pose more danger than they prevent?

Guests:
Todd DeMitchell, Professor of education and justice studies at the University of New Hampshire

L.A.U.S.D Police Change Tactics 8 MIN, 53 SEC

The Los Angeles Unified School District has the biggest school police department in the country, with about 350 armed officers. But according to a new policy announced today, they will no longer arrest students for minor offenses like fighting, graffiti, petty theft or being caught with alcohol or cigarettes. We hear from someone who worked on the new standards about why LAUSD police are lightening up.

Guests:
Manuel Criollo, Labor/Community Strategy Center (@Redpipil)

The Most Expensive Cars on Earth 7 MIN, 56 SEC

The most expensive car ever sold at auction went for 38 million dollars last week. It sounds like a lot, but the number was disappointingly low for some collectors. We hear all about it and more from our regular car industry contributor.

Guests:
Matt DeBord, is Transportation Editor for Business Insider (@mattdebord)

Questioning Elite Education 14 MIN, 12 SEC

A new school year is upon us. If you’re one of a very lucky few, you may be headed to an elite university like Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Stanford. But -- what if those at the upper echelon of higher education aren’t so lucky after all? That’s what author William Deresiewicz argues in a new book. We hear about why he believes Ivy Leaguers may turn out unprepared to live a full, exciting life.

Guests:
William Deresiewicz, essayist and critic

More:
Excerpt in New Republic
Counter Response to Deresiewicz

Silvertop For Sale 8 MIN, 25 SEC

Silvertop, an iconic hillside residence that embodies the quintessential L.A. showpiece home, is on the market for the first time since 1974. We take a look at the history of the home, and the legacy of the architect behind it, John Lautner. Lautner created dramatic, space-agey homes all over Southern California from the late ‘40s through the ‘80s and was a leader during the region’s golden age of modernist design.

Image: John Lautners Silvertop Residence in Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Guests:
Alan Hess, Architecture Critic, San Jose Mercury News

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