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School started in LA Unified Tuesday, with strict new vaccination requirements for students in place. Some parents are so upset about California’s new law, they’ve filed a lawsuit to try to stop it. A judge heard arguments last week in a San Diego court and is expected to rule next week.

Also, as LA students return to school, more of them will enter language immersion programs where they will learn all their subjects in two languages. It’s an educational approach that’s become popular despite Prop 227, the state law that practically banned bilingual education back in 1998. A measure on the November ballot would repeal most the law, effectively allowing teachers to teach in languages other than English.

Then, Journalist Marissa Gawel took a 3,000 mile drive from Detroit to New Orleans, documenting roadside attractions like the World’s Largest Ball of Paint. Her photos are featured in National Geographic Magazine’s August issue.

And finally, what Larry Wilmore’s cancellation says about a late night field that is crowded, competitive, and fragmented in a way it has never been before.

Photo courtesy of Simon Schoeters

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

LA schools return with strictest vaccination laws in the nation 8 MIN, 24 SEC

School started in Los Angeles Unified schools Tuesday, with strict new vaccination requirements for students in place. Public and private school students in all of California must now be vaccinated against up to 10 diseases, including measles, mumps, whooping cough, and chickenpox. That’s because of the new state law that took effect this summer, which is one of the strictest in the nation. Gone are the days of personal belief exemptions, allowing kids to go unvaccinated because of religion or other non-health related reasons. Now a medical waiver is the only excuse.

Guests:
Jay Gordon, pediatrician (@JayGordonMDFAAP)

Ruling expected next week in suit to stop California’s tough vaccination law 6 MIN, 25 SEC

Some parents are so upset about California’s new mandatory vaccine law, they’ve filed a lawsuit to try to stop it. Seventeen families are suing the state in a San Diego court, claiming that SB-277 infringes on equal education rights. They say California is putting an undue burden on the free-exercise rights of parents and that a quarter million students who had personal belief exemptions in the past now won’t have access to a free and equal education. A judge heard arguments last week and is expected to rule next week.

Guests:
Dorit Reiss, Hastings Law School (@doritmi)

CA voters will revisit bilingual education in November 9 MIN, 32 SEC

As Los Angeles public school students return to school Tuesday, more of them will enter language immersion programs. It’s an approach that’s become more and more popular despite Proposition 227, the state law that practically banned bilingual education back in 1998. A measure on the November ballot would repeal most of Proposition 227, effectively allowing teachers to teach in languages other than English. If it passes, how will instruction change for the 1.3 million English learners in California’s public schools?

Guests:
Patricia Gandara, UCLA (@CRPatUCLA)

Roadside attractions from Motor City to the Big Easy 12 MIN, 44 SEC

Summer is the time for road trips, and in the west that can mean desert highways, teepee motels and giant dinosaur sculptures. But we’re not the only part of the country that boasts the distinctly American tradition of the roadside attraction. Last summer, Journalist Marissa Gawel grabbed her camera, hopped in her car, and took a 3,000 mile drive from Detroit to New Orleans. She stopped along the way to talk to the proprietors of the Monster Mart, the Bonny and Clyde Ambush Museum and the World’s Largest Ball of Paint, and her photos are featured in National Geographic Magazine’s August issue.

Guests:
Marissa Gawel, Photographer, Journalist (@marissagawel)

What Larry Wilmore’s cancellation says about late night TV 9 MIN, 3 SEC

Late night TV has been criticized for being “too white” and it’s about to get even less colorful. Comedy Central announced Monday that The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will air its final episode on Thursday. Wilmore, who’s from the LA area originally, was anointed by Jon Stewart back in 2014 to take over Stephen Colbert’s old time slot. The show’s somewhat surprise cancellation speaks to a late night field that is crowded, competitive, and fragmented in a way it has never been before.

Guests:
Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter (@TheFienPrint)

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