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We start with Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, on the resignation of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy earlier this month. Then, a broader look at teacher tenure: Is it good or bad for students in the long run? In our weekly Internet roundup, a look at a video that captures the catcalls endured by one woman during a 10-hour walk around Manhattan. Next, L.A. author Daniel Olivas on his new book, Things We Do Not Talk About, and what it means to be a Latino artist today. Finally, the cautionary tale of a company that’s managed to establish a monopoly on porn streaming sites and production.

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

Teachers Union President on Superintendent Deasy’s Resignation 7 MIN, 29 SEC

When LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy resigned earlier this month, it was called a victory for the district’s teachers union. Teachers had battled with Deasy over teacher tenure and other issues for three-and-a-half years. Now that he’s gone, do teachers have what they want? And what does it all mean for students?

Guests:
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)

Teacher Tenure: Good or Bad for Students? 7 MIN, 21 SEC

If a teacher has strong job security, is that better or worse for students in the long run? Does tenure make it too hard to get rid of bad educators, or does it ensure the good ones will stick around? We look at the latest research.

Guests:
Dana Goldstein, The Marshall Project (@DanaGoldstein)

More:
The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Calling Out Catcallers 9 MIN, 14 SEC

You’re walking down the street, and someone randomly shouts out that you’re hot. If you’re a guy, you might think that sounds pretty great. But for women who field catcalls every day, it can veer into harassment. And there’s a video making the rounds online that tries to prove that point. In our weekly Internet roundup, we discuss what the video shows and other new web news.

Guests:
PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

Writer Daniel Olivas on “Things We Do Not Talk About” 13 MIN, 54 SEC

It seems like the entertainment industry is trying harder than ever to reach the country’s 55 million Latinos. This fall, for example, the major TV networks brought us not one but two sitcoms about Latino families: Jane the Virgin and Cristela. But Latinos are still sorely underrepresented in most media. This is not lost on L.A. writer Daniel Olivas, who joins us to talk about his new book.

Guests:
Daniel Olivas, author, "Things We Do Not Talk About" (@olivasdan)

Porn Industry Monopoly 7 MIN, 3 SEC

When one player takes over an industry, it’s called a monopoly. There are laws that protect against monopolies in the U.S., but one industry has managed to escape them so far. A company called MindGeek runs most of the top porn streaming sites, and some porn production companies. The result is a cautionary tale about what happens when a media company both produces and distributes content.

Guests:
David Auerbach, Slate (@AuerbachKeller)

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Vampire Porn

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