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We start today with a look at the impasse between LA teachers and the school district over salaries and class sizes. Teachers are planning to boycott faculty meetings this afternoon. Then, Angelina Jolie penned an op-ed in today’s New York Times about her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer: What are the risks and benefits of this kind of preventative surgery? Next, we preview the new must-read books coming out this summer and spring. And finally, the music industry has moved record release day from Tuesday to Friday. Why, and does it mean anything for fans?

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

LA Teachers and School District At Impasse 14 MIN, 47 SEC

Later today, some teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District plan to boycott faculty meetings and rally at schools across the district. They’re pushing for salary increases and smaller class sizes, among other things. Meanwhile, LAUSD superintendent Ramon Cortines has warned that boycotting faculty meetings violates state law. And he’ll dock teachers’ pay if they go through with it. We hear from both sides.

Guests:
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)
Thomas Waldman, Los Angeles Unified School District

Angelina Jolie and Women’s Cancer Decisions 11 MIN, 50 SEC

It was quite a shock two years ago when actress Angelina Jolie announced she’d undergone a double mastectomy. Jolie revealed she was a carrier of a gene, BRCA1, which she said gave her an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer. Today, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Jolie announced her ovaries and fallopian tubes were recently removed, too, partly because her mother died of ovarian cancer at age 56. We hear about the ramifications of such surgery from a woman who went through the same thing, and from a medical professional about the risks and benefits.

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Guests:
Lisa Rezende, carries the same gene as Angelina Jolie; she’s had a double mastectomy, and had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed three years ago.
Leslie Randall, UC Irvine’s School of Medicine

Spring and Summer Books 12 MIN, 50 SEC

Some of the biggest names in literature are dropping new releases in the coming months: Toni Morrison, Milan Kundera and even Harper Lee with a prequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But, there are some pretty amazing opening acts you should check out as well. We take a look at the latest great reads and the books you should keep an eye out for this spring and summer.

Guests:
Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review (@pamelapaulnyt)

A New Record Release Day 6 MIN, 24 SEC

It’s Tuesday, and for as long as anyone can remember, this is the day all the big new albums dropped here in the U.S. But not anymore. The record industry has decided that Friday is the new day for new music everywhere in the world. Why? Two reasons: Beyonce and piracy. We explain the details of the decision -- and whether it means anything for music fans.

Guests:
Andrew Flanagan, Billboard (@philouza)

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