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Two California counties are suing the pharmaceutical industry over prescription painkillers. We talk to Orange County District Attorney about his case against the drug companies. Plus, sixty years after Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that segregation was unconstitutional, Los Angeles schools are as segregated as ever. We take an in-depth look at who has the resources to fight for their children's educations... and who doesn't. And we get the details of a new report that looks at the health of our beaches in Southern California.

Banner Image: Thomas Starr King Middle School in Silver Lake, California

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

Counties Sue Over Painkillers 16 MIN, 35 SEC

Two California counties are suing the pharmaceutical industry over prescription painkillers. Prosecutors from Orange County and Santa Clara County say five major drug companies are responsible for an addiction epidemic that’s plaguing their communities. The counties accuse the drug makers of illegally marketing the painkillers.

Guests:
Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney (@OCDATony)
Frank Lichtenberg, Columbia Business School

The State of the Beach 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Heal the Bay started testing the water quality at LA County beaches in 1991. The group now tests more than 600 beaches up and down the entire West Coast. Every year they come out with a report card that summarizes the year’s ratings. The latest report card is out today.

Guests:
Kirsten James, Water Quality Director, Heal the Bay

More:
Heal the Bay's 2014 Beach Report Card

Fault Lines: School Segregation in Los Angeles 28 MIN, 42 SEC

California counties sue the pharmaceutical industry, the health of California's beaches, and an in-depth look at school segregation in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Suzanne Gindin, Hollenbeck Middle School
Ann Owens, University of Southern California
Mark Naulls, Thomas Starr King Middle School
Liz Dwyer, Take Part (@losangelista)

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