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In a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposal to redraw voting districts based on eligible voters. Why, and what does it mean for elections?

Then, parents of students in Malibu are suing the school district there over the presence of PCBs, a now banned construction material, in window caulking. Is it a health threat?

Then, in our regular Monday TV roundup, a look at what’s popular in online content.

Next, Madeleine interviews the filmmakers behind a documentary about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe premiering on HBO tonight.

And finally, in the latest installment of our series “L.A. Dwellings,” Press Play producer Anna Scott profiles the longtime property manager of a building in Hollywood who’s also a little-known civil rights pioneer.

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

Supreme Court Rules to Preserve One Person, One Vote 7 MIN, 55 SEC

The Supreme Court has soundly rejected a new way of drawing voting districts. The justices said no to creating districts based on eligible voters, leaving in place the status quo: districts apportioned by the number of people living in them. In a rare unanimous decision, the court said that the change would be a threat to the American idea of “one person, one vote.”  

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

A Fight Over PCBs in Malibu 7 MIN, 13 SEC

Parents of students in Malibu are suing the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, saying that schools like Malibu High are too dangerous for their kids. The parents are protesting the presence of PCBs, a substance that was widely used in construction materials before 1980. PCBs are banned today, but two older Malibu schools have elevated levels of PCBs in their buildings’ window caulking. The school district and the Environmental Protection Agency have said that the schools are safe, but parents and some experts disagree. We look for clarity with an expert.

Guests:
Robert Herrick, Harvard School of Public Health

TV Roundup: YouTube Stars 8 MIN, 2 SEC

Every monday we do a television round up, taking a look at what’s worth talking about on the small screen. But, frankly, it’s a little like cleaning out the Aegean stables. There is so much content! Today we’ll take a different tack and talk only about online content.

Guests:
Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter

Robert Mapplethorpe 12 MIN, 58 SEC

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is infamous for his provocative photographs, but his work was actually very diverse. Now, the scope of that diversity is on display in two shows running at LACMA and the Getty. Mapplethorpe is also the subject of a new documentary that premieres on HBO tonight called “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” (This is a rebroadcast of an interview Madeleine recorded with the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.)

Guests:
Fenton Bailey, producer and director (@fbailey)
Randy Barbato, director (@randybarbato)
Edward Mapplethorpe, Brother of Robert Mapplethorpe

L.A. Dwellings: A Civil Rights Pioneer in Hollywood 11 MIN, 32 SEC

A 90-year-old apartment building in Hollywood has been home to movie stars and to rock stars… and also a little-known civil rights pioneer. His name is Tony Sullivan. His personal history is closely tied to the building he’s lived and worked in for more than 30 years. “Press Play” producer Anna Scott has his story for our series, “L.A. Dwellings."

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