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We start today with the news that Corinthian Colleges has closed its remaining two dozen campuses, effective today. What does this mean for some 16,000 students suddenly stranded? And will loans be forgiven for former students who now say their degrees are worthless? Then, we check in on the devastation in Nepal following a 7.8 earthquake on Saturday. Next, we take a look at the surprising, and growing, business of breast milk. And finally, in our regular television segment, our critics discuss, among other things, Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer Friday, in which he came out as transgender.

Banner Image: Everest College, one of two dozen Corinthian Colleges to close, effective April 27, 2015; Credit: D Coetzee

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Corinthian Colleges Closes Its Doors 11 MIN, 57 SEC

Corinthian Colleges officially went out of business today. It was once one of the country’s biggest for-profit college chains. But now, the Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges has shut down its remaining two dozen campuses. Corinthian owned Everest College, WyoTech, and Heald College schools. The company gave almost no warning to the nearly 16,000 students affected by the closures. And it was already in big trouble before today. Corinthian had been accused of falsifying job placement rates by the federal Department of Education, and was under investigation in several states. We learn more about its troubled history and what former students are struggling with.

Guests:
Lauren Asher, President, Institute for College Access and Success
Nathan Hornes, Everest College graduate

More:
Gustavo Arellano on Corinthian Colleges closing

Devastation in Nepal 9 MIN, 7 SEC

The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake in Nepal on Saturday now exceeds 4,000 people. Some remote villages still haven’t been reached. Countries across the globe are sending search and rescue teams to help the thousands of injured and newly homeless. Dozens of climbers are stuck on Mt. Everest, and the capital Kathmandu is in ruins. We get the latest on the situation and rescue efforts.

Guests:
Anup Kaphle, Washington Post (@anupkaphle)

More:
How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake
LA Observed's Kevin Roderick on Southern California and the Nepal quake

The Business of Breast Milk 15 MIN, 41 SEC

In a nation that commodifies just about everything, we can now add human breast milk to the list. When new mothers and hospitals need breast milk for newborns, they traditionally get it from non-profit milk banks. These banks get milk donated by women who pump more than their babies need. But these days, websites like Only the Breast and Eats on Feets allow women to sell or trade their extra breast milk. Meanwhile in the City of Industry, a huge new breast milk facility plans to process 3.4 million ounces of breastmilk this year. The company, Prolacta, creates a concentrated product for premature babies that it sells to hospitals for about 180 dollars an ounce. We look at the big business of breast milk.


Photo: Ken Hammond

Guests:
Pauline Sakamoto, Mothers’ Milk Bank
Mark Underwood, UC Davis Children's Hospital
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, USC

TV Roundup: Bruce Jenner Comes Out 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Bruce Jenner spoke with Diane Sawyer Friday night in a two-hour interview that transgender advocates are calling a breakthrough moment for their community. For ABC, the interview was also an enormous ratings success, drawing some 17 million viewers. We talk about that and more in our weekly TV roundup segment.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

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