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Superintendent Austin Beutner emphasizes kid-centric vision for LAUSD 12 MIN, 20 SEC

On Tuesday, Austin Beutner was named LAUSD’s new superintendent. He’s held high-profile jobs at City Hall and the LA Times. He did very well in private equity before that. But he does not have deep experience in education. We talk to him about being an unconventional choice, his vision, possible plans for charter schools, and the district’s financial troubles.


Image of LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner, 
courtesy of Beutner.

Guests:
Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Times owner (@austinbeutner)

Is Rudy Giuliani causing more trouble for Trump? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

On Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani said President Trump reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket. Giuliani admitted Trump fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. We find out if that’s going to cause new trouble for Trump, and how the investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and payments to his secret girlfriend plays into this.

Guests:
Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)

More:
How Edwards prosecution stumbled

What is the nature of addiction? 14 MIN, 30 SEC

Writer Leslie Jamison talks about her alcoholism, and how she tries -- as a writer -- to make the recovery story as interesting as the addiction story.

Guests:
Leslie Jamison, author, 'The Empathy Exams' (@lsjamison)

'RBG' film focuses on life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg 10 MIN, 55 SEC

Diminutive and soft-spoken Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 85 last month. Fans like to call her The Notorious RBG - a play on the name of the rapper Notorious BIG. She doesn’t seem to mind the association. A new documentary looks at her life and work. She used to be a lawyer with the ACLU, fighting for women’s rights.


The Supreme Court Justices, c. 1993 in "RBG."


Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a workout in "RBG."


Ruth Bader Ginsburg in "RBG."

Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Guests:
Betsy West, director of the documentary “RBG” (@Betsywest)
Julie Cohen, director of the documentary “RBG” (@FilmmakerJulie)

CREDITS

Image of LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner courtesy of Beutner.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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