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The chancellor at the University of California Santa Barbara has declared today a “Day of Mourning and Reflection” after the tragic killings that occurred in Isla Vista on Friday. We talk to a student reporter who has been covering the story all weekend. We also discuss how the misogynistic motives of the killer are raising intense conversations about the way men perceive and treat women in our culture. We talk with LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey about mental health in the criminal justice system and access to guns. We also take a trip to the LA River to hear about its current condition and efforts to revitalize it. And we hear about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on IQ tests as they’re applied to people on death row.

Banner Image: UC Santa Barbara students attend a candlelight vigil following Friday's series of drive-by shootings that left 7 people dead in the Isla Vista section of Santa Barbara May 24, 2014. A 22-year-old gunman killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage that began in his apartment and cascaded across the California college town, shortly after he posted a threatening video railing against women, police said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

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

Santa Barbara Killings 9 MIN, 31 SEC

The chancellor at the University of California Santa Barbara has declared today a “Day of Mourning and Reflection” after the tragic killings that occurred in Isla Vista on Friday. We talk to a student reporter who has been covering the story all weekend.

Guests:
Marissa Wenzke, UC Santa Barbara student

Women, Safety and Culture 7 MIN, 25 SEC

The misogynistic manifesto written by the Santa Barbara shooter has created an intense discussion about women and how they are perceived and treated by men in our society. We discuss the way women, both on campus and off, are reacting.

Guests:
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey 8 MIN, 12 SEC

The mass assault in Santa Barbara over the weekend once again raises questions about mental illness and access to guns. Here in Los Angeles County, District Attorney Jackie Lacey has made keeping the mentally ill out of jail one of her top priorities. We talk to her about her initiatives and we get her reaction to this weekend’s violence in Isla Vista.

Guests:
Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney

The LA River Is Open 14 MIN, 39 SEC

A stretch of the Los Angeles River opened over the weekend for nature walks and kayak excursions. It’s pretty amazing that people are thinking of the river as a place for recreation again. These days, it’s mostly a concrete-lined, graffiti-covered storm drain to the sea. Activists and officials are trying to change that. We go fly-fishing on the river and discuss its current state.

Guests:
Jenny Price, writer, artist, historian

Supreme Court Rules on Death Penalty 6 MIN, 27 SEC

The Supreme Court weighed-in on death penalty today, and its decision could result in fewer executions. The court ruled five-to-four that states cannot use rigid IQ test scores to determine whether or not a criminal is eligible for the death penalty. There are currently several states with rules that say anyone with an IQ score of 70 or above can be put to death. Today’s decision means states have to be more lenient about who qualifies as mentally disabled.

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)

More:
High court limits death penalty in cases of intellectual disability

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