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LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King gave her first state-of-the-district address Monday. She touted the highest graduation rate ever for the district, but education advocates question whether the numbers are inflated. Meanwhile, one group is suing LAUSD over how it spent $450 million set aside for high-need students. Also, over half of Americans think raising taxes for the rich is a good idea, and historically it’s proven to be a good way to remedy inequality. So why is the task of raising taxes so difficult? Next, Green Party leaders held their convention this past weekend and nominated Jill Stein for president. Should the party be taken seriously this election? Then, since the Great Recession the economic recovery has been sluggish and uneven for some. Like many homeowners in Las Vegas, one of the cities hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis. And finally, tossing out the rules for a proper charcuterie with LA Weekly Food Editor Katherine Spiers.

Banner Image: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks during a rally of Bernie Sanders supporters outside the Wells Fargo Center on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

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

Supt. boasts best grad rate yet. But how’s LAUSD really doing? 9 MIN, 51 SEC

LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King gave her first state-of-the-district address Monday morning. She touted the highest graduation rate ever for the district, but education advocates question whether the numbers are inflated. King also talked about expanding arts education, language and technology in classrooms, but she talked less about how the district would go about accomplishing these goals. And meanwhile, one group is suing LAUSD over how it spent $450 million set aside for high-need students.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
John Rogers, UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access

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What to expect from Supt. Michelle King's first 'state of the district' address: The best graduation rate yet for LAUSD

Raising taxes on the rich can remedy inequality. So why don’t we? 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Over half of Americans think raising taxes for the rich is a good idea. And historically, it’s proven to be a good way to remedy inequality. So why is the task of raising taxes so difficult? And what does history tell us about what it does and does not do?

Guests:
Alana Semuels, Atlantic magazine

More:
Is the U.S. Due for Radically Raising Taxes for the Rich?

Should the Green Party be taken seriously this election? 6 MIN, 56 SEC

The organizers for the upcoming presidential debates are planning for the possibility that a third party candidate will join Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on stage. That’s good news for supporters of the Green Party and their candidate, Jill Stein. Green Party leaders held their convention this past weekend to nominate Stein. Huffington Post Politics Reporter Eliot Nelson attended the convention, along with the RNC, DNC, and the Libertarian Convention –  he’s a perfect 4 for 4 this year.

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The Green Party Takes Itself Very Seriously, But No One Else Should

'What recovery?' Las Vegas years after the housing crash 14 MIN, 32 SEC

Both Presidential candidates are unveiling their economic plans this week in Detroit. The economy has been a central issue in politics especially since the housing bubble burst eight years ago, plunging the US into the greatest recession since the Great Depression. The economic recovery, though relatively steady overall, has been sluggish and selective, affecting some more than others. So in some communities, when people hear politicians talk about whether the recovery has been fast enough or strong enough, they have good reason to wonder, “Recovery? What recovery?” Communities like Las Vegas, Nevada.


Guests:
Jack Healy, New York Times (@jackhealyNYT)

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Underwater in the Las Vegas Desert, Years After the Housing Crash

Tossing out the rules for a proper charcuterie 7 MIN, 52 SEC

There’s always some new food trend sweeping Los Angeles, whether it’s some fabulous thing wrapped in bacon or bone broth in a cup fashioned from a hollowed-out zucchini. That's all well and good, but the beautiful thing about a good charcuterie is that it can encompass every trend, from a Vietnamese spin on the classic to good old fashioned prosciutto.


Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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'How It Got In Your Mouth'

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