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Today on Press Play, we get an update on LAUSD’s controversial iPad program, which superintendent John Deasy continues to defend, even after pausing the program. Plus, with new diet studies that directly contradict each other, can we believe any studies we read about in the paper? We discuss the continuing fallout to the huge cache of celebrity intimate photos that were stolen and posted online and what it says about internet culture. Plus, a new documentary follows the long, slow travels of the 340-ton boulder that eventually became the cornerstone of the “Levitated Mass” sculpture at LACMA. And we find out why your computer is lying to you on a daily basis.

Banner Image: "Levitated Mass," a 340-ton boulder located at LACMA; Credit: Greg V

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

Deasy’s iPad Problem 7 MIN, 50 SEC

L.A. schools superintendent John Deasy has written a blistering six-page memo defending the iPad program and the bidding process. He has temporarily halted the program, not because he doesn’t believe in it, but because -- in his words -- it’s been sidetracked by insinuations, innuendos, and misleading statements. Meanwhile several board members are pushing for an internal report on the procurement process to be made public.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

More:
L.A. schools Supt. Deasy defends his dealings with Apple, Pearson
Deasy's Memo

Can We Believe Weight Loss Studies? 8 MIN

On Monday two new diet studies were released. One from the Annals of Internal Medicine said the way to go is a low-carb diet rather than a low-fat diet. The other from the Journal of American Medical Association showed that all diets - low-carb and low-fat - could work. And by Wednesday, we’re all afraid to eat. So, what can we believe?

Guests:
Christopher Gardner, Stanford Prevention Research Center

More:
The one thing you need to know about weight loss and diet studies

Reddit, Sexting, and Hacked Celebrity Photos 7 MIN, 28 SEC

One of the only places on the internet providing access to the hacked celebrity nude photos yesterday was Reddit. But the site’s rules say users aren’t allowed to post “personal info”. Aren’t nude photos “personal info”? We take a look at the culture of Reddit, and we discuss whether an “abstinence only” approach to sexting is realistic.

Guests:
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

The Path of Levitated Mass 13 MIN, 26 SEC

The 340-ton boulder that is now an art object at LACMA called “Levitated Mass” first had to travel 106 miles, very slowly, to get to its final destination. It took several years to get it there, and involved getting permission from the two dozen localities the rock had to travel through. Along the route, the rock was greeted by enthusiastic bystanders who turned out to watch it pass through their communities. That journey is chronicled in a new documentary.

Guests:
Doug Pray, director and documentary filmmaker

Your Computer Is Lying to You (For Your Own Good) 8 MIN, 31 SEC

Your computer is lying to you. And it’s just going to get worse. And maybe that’s OK, at least in the case of what’s called “benevolent deception”: white lies that make things work better for you.

Guests:
Eytan Adar, University of Michigan (@eytanadar)

More:
How Should We Program Computers to Deceive?

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