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Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions came down today. First, the Affordable Care Act, which the justices voted to uphold in its current form. Then, the court ruled on a case involving the Fair Housing Act. What does it all mean for citizens? Next, the California Assembly passed a bill today that will make it harder for families to opt out of vaccinating their children. We look at the racial politics around the measure, with the Nation of Islam fanning anti-vaccine sentiment among African-Americans. Next, we hear from the director of the new film The Tribe, a nearly silent movie that focuses on a deaf boarding school in Ukraine. And finally, in our weekly web roundup, we talk about the latest WikiLeaks documents and Gmail’s new “unsend” feature.

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

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act 8 MIN, 5 SEC

President Obama took a victory lap with a speech this morning, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. At issue was a clause in the law that could have stripped subsidies from people who use the federal insurance exchange to buy healthcare. The 6-3 decision held that Congress had intended to cover all states with subsidies, not just states that developed their own healthcare exchanges. We get an explainer on the decision and what it means for everyday healthcare.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

Supreme Court Rules on Fair Housing 8 MIN, 21 SEC

Today’s Supreme Court decisions brought a second surprise, in a case related to low-income housing and race. By a 5-4 margin, the justices upheld a lower court ruling that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had violated the Fair Housing Act of 1968. A fair housing group had sued this Texas Department, claiming they were allocating federal tax credits to build low-income housing -- except in white neighborhoods. What are the implications going forward?

Guests:
Lisa Alexander, Associate professor of law at the University of Wisconsin College of Law

Vaccine Activism and Race 7 MIN, 10 SEC

The anti-vaccine movement suffered a blow this morning. The State Assembly passed a bill that makes it much harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. The bill throws out the personal belief exemption. And one of the groups that was fighting it might be surprising. The Nation of Islam warned black legislators not to support it, even comparing mandatory vaccinations to the infamous Tuskegee experiment, in which doctors withheld syphilis treatment from hundreds of black men in the name of medical research. Why are they taking this stance?

Guests:
Thomas LaVeist, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions

The Dark, Silent World of 'The Tribe' 12 MIN, 47 SEC

A new movie comes out this weekend called The Tribe. All the characters in the film communicate with sign language. There is no translation for the audience of any kind. No subtitles. No voiceover. The Tribe is set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf. It’s not a happy, hopeful place; it’s dark and slightly sinister, and the kids, at least the ones the film follows, aren’t so much students as gangsters, thieves and pimps. We hear from the director.

Guests:
Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, director, 'The Tribe'

Web Roundup: WikiLeaks, Gmail and More 8 MIN, 25 SEC

Once again this week, we have new revelations about the scope of N.S.A. surveillance. The agency eavesdropped on phone calls by the last three French presidents and the French ambassador to the U.S., according to new WikiLeaks documents. France is not happy about the claims. What could all of this mean for diplomacy? Also, a settlement between Muslim leaders and the NYPD, and Gmail’s new “unsend” function.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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