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The video of a police officer body-slamming a student in South Carolina went viral yesterday. Having police officers in classrooms is not rare. In the U.S., 43 percent of schools have some sort of security staff on hand, and more than half of those positions are held by sworn police officers.

And around the country, students of color are suspended three times as often as white students, according to the Department of Education. We hear a lot about how these disparities affect boys. But girls get less attention, even though black girls are suspended six times more often than their white counterparts.

Next, brain surgeon Ben Carson is the new GOP front-runner, according to a new national poll out today. Among his supporters is a resurgent voting bloc: Evangelicals.

Then, an experimental opera called Hopscotch is being staged throughout the streets of downtown L.A.—including inside a fleet of moving limos.

Finally, the California High-Speed Rail Authority still promises a bullet train that will take a little more than two and a half hours to run between L.A. and San Francisco. But funds for the $68 billion project are proving hard to come by. Public support is down and the project is at least two years behind schedule.

Banner Image: Murchison Middle School's Junior Police Academy cadets; Credit: Phillip LeConte

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Police in Schools 10 MIN, 15 SEC

The video of a police officer body-slamming a student in South Carolina went viral yesterday. Having police officers—often known as School Resource Officers—in classrooms is not rare. In the U.S., 43 percent of schools have some sort of security staff on hand, and more than half of those positions are held by sworn police officers.

Guests:
Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity (@susanferriss)

Black Girls Suspended More Often 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Around the country, students of color are suspended three times as often as white students, according to the Department of Education. We hear a lot about how these disparities affect boys. But girls get less attention, even though black girls are suspended six times more often than their white counterparts.

Guests:
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Columbia University (@sandylocks)

More:
Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Ben Carson and the Evangelicals 8 MIN, 14 SEC

The GOP race has a new front runner. Brain surgeon Ben Carson now leads Donald Trump, according to a new national poll out today. Among his supporters is a resurgent voting bloc: Evangelicals. What power does this voting bloc still have?

Guests:
Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania (@AntheaButler)

Hopscotch, the Opera 11 MIN, 10 SEC

An outside-the-box opera called Hopscotch is being staged throughout the streets of downtown L.A.—including inside a fleet of moving limos. Hopscotch is the latest project from L.A.’s experimental opera company, the Industry. Over the past five years, the Industry has built a reputation for creating shows in unlikely places. And the L.A. Philharmonic recently announced it’s giving the company a three-year residency, starting next year.

Guests:
Yuval Sharon, The Industry

Whither High-Speed Rail? 9 MIN, 25 SEC

The California High-Speed Rail Authority still promises a bullet train that will take a little more than two and a half hours to run between L.A. and San Francisco. But funds for the $68 billion project are proving hard to come by. Public support is down, there’s a lot of opposition from homeowners and landowners along the proposed route, and the project is at least two years behind schedule.

Guests:
Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times (@RVartabedian)
Richard Katz, former California High-Speed Rail Authority board member

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