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A former teacher at the prestigious Marlborough School for girls has been charged with four felony sex crimes. We discuss the backstory. Then, 260 people were murdered in the city of Los Angeles last year. Nearly half of the victims were black, despite the fact that blacks make up only eight percent of L.A.’s population. We talk with the author of Ghettoside. Plus, a non-profit group is suing California school districts for not giving students the amount of P.E. that the law requires. And some states are giving students foreign language credits if they take a computer coding class. Surprisingly, pro-coding education groups are against this policy. And we hear why D.A.R.E. and other in-school anti-drug programs are questionable.

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

Sex Crimes Charges for Marlborough Teacher 11 MIN, 14 SEC
A former teacher and head of the English department at the prestigious Marlborough School for girls has been charged with four felony sex crimes. Many former Marlborough students have come forward to describe inappropriate relationships with him. One former student says she had a one year sexual relationship with the teacher starting when she was a sixteen-year-old junior and ending with her becoming pregnant in her senior year.

Guests:
Evgenia Peretz, Vanity Fair

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The Prep School And The Predator

Ghettoside 14 MIN, 16 SEC

Two hundred and sixty people were murdered in the city of Los Angeles last year. Nearly half of the victims were black, despite the fact that blacks make up only eight percent of L.A.’s population. South Los Angeles is ground zero for the epidemic of black murder in L.A. Most cases there are never solved, and that lack of justice has escalated the murder problem according to a new book by crime journalist Jill Leovy. The book is called Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America.

Guests:
Jill Leovy, Los Angeles Times

Ghettoside

Jill Leovy

P.E. Lawsuit Settlement 7 MIN, 31 SEC
Elementary school children in California are required to have 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days, or roughly 20 minutes a day. But in these days of budget cuts and test prep, P.E. is often seen as an unaffordable extra -- something that gets squeezed out. A non-profit group is now suing school districts across the state. Thirty-seven districts, including LAUSD, have agreed to a settlement, which a judge is expected to approve next month.

Guests:
Donald Driscoll, Attorney

More:
Cal200 Website

Coding in Schools: Should It Replace a Language Requirement? 5 MIN, 58 SEC
Legislation is pending in Kentucky that would let high schoolers get foreign language credit for learning to program computers. New Mexico is considering similar legislation. It’s already law in Texas. The idea is that learning to code will help students prepare for the jobs of the future. But just because HTML and Java are called “languages” doesn’t mean they are the same as learning a spoken foreign language. Ironically, some opponents of these pro-code laws are the most pro-code people.

Guests:
Hadi Partovi, Code.org (@hadip)

More:
Code.org

D.A.R.E. and Other In-School Drug Programs 8 MIN, 19 SEC
Most states require some sort of drug-prevention program to be taught to kids. Here in L.A., it’s a program called Too Good For Drugs. But one of the biggest drug-prevention programs in the country is D.A.R.E. an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Despite its ubiquity, D.A.R.E., like many other drug-prevention programs, relies on iffy science to teach drug abstinence to children. The abstinence-only approach has been found to be ineffective when it comes to preventing kids from experimenting with drugs.

Guests:
Abby Haglage, The Daily Beast (@abbyhaglage)

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Scientology Defends Its Anti-Weed Hokum

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