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A new pro-charter schools organization is making waves with an ambitious plan to improve LA’s public schools. But not everyone is on board.

Next, late night TV hosts have been reacting on their programs to Sunday’s shooting in Orlando, and the results have been making the rounds on social media. What’s the role of the late night host in how we react to news?

Next, KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox discusses a new Grateful Dead tribute.

And finally, a new show from a Los Angeles ballet company dissects dances for the audience while they’re going on.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

A New Charter School Plan from Great Public Schools Now 9 MIN, 18 SEC

Last September, a confidential draft memo from an organization called Great Public Schools Now was published by the LA Times. The memo said that several pro-charter schools groups wanted to build more than 200 charters and enroll half of LA’s public school students in them. That caused a lot of outrage, mainly from the teachers union and traditional public school supporters. Great Public Schools Now has since pulled back from that idea, but today it’s coming out with another ambitious plan. What is it?

Guests:
Myrna Castrejon, CEO of the California Charters Schools Association, which supports an expansion of charters

President of United Teachers Los Angeles Responds to a New Charter Proposal 4 MIN, 47 SEC

The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s teachers union responds to Myrna Castrejon of Great Public Schools Now.

Guests:
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)

Ballet in LA 10 MIN, 7 SEC

Madeleine peels back the curtain on dance in Los Angeles, if you will, with the head of the local American Contemporary Ballet. It’s a five year old ballet company based in downtown. One of the things the company does is dissect ballet for the audience as it’s happening, and it’s premiering a new show doing just that this week. Madeleine discusses how that works, plus “Black Swan,” Los Angeles’ short history with ballet and more.

Guests:
Lincoln Jones, Director

When Late Night Hosts Respond to News 9 MIN

The attack in Orlando last weekend allowed late night TV hosts a chance to shape the conversation in a way rarely seen before. In the past, those solemn moments after a tragedy were infused with sympathy for the victims, a call for healing, mourning. But this week, social media is filled with people sharing clips of late night hosts delivering impassioned, angry rants. What’s their role in shaping our reactions to news?

Guests:
Bill Carter, author, 'The War for Late Night'

The Grateful Dead Aren't Dead 14 MIN, 15 SEC

The Grateful Dead rose out of the counterculture of Haight-Ashbury in 1965. The band never went mainstream, but it developed a huge and devoted following of that turned up by the tens of thousands with their tie dye and bongs whenever the band came to town. Jerry Garcia, the band’s talisman and leader, died in 1995. But for the last 50 years, the Dead’s music has just kept on truckin’, handed down from one generation of pot-smoking college kids to the next. The latest evidence is “Day of the Dead,” a giant tribute box set of 59 tracks and more than five hours of music. A who’s who of indie artists contribute songs to the set, including The National, Jim James, Mumford & Sons, Bonnie Prince Billy, Courtney Barnett, and The War on Drugs.

Guests:
Dan Wilcox, Host of 'Dan Wilcox' (@thisisdanwilcox)

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