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A judge has ruled in favor of students who sued the state to change the way teachers are dismissed. We’ll find out what the Vergara verdict can mean for education around the state and the country. Plus, the hacker who broke into former President George W. Bush’s email and leaked his paintings online has been sentenced for his crimes. We take a look at his case and new reports about the cost of global cybercrime.  Plus, a former CIA operative dishes about his covert work in some high-profile spy cases. We also hear about the most-highlighted passages from Kindle books and what they say about our reading habits. And we’ll hear why we shouldn’t dread haggling with car dealers.

Banner Image: CFT/CTA press conference on Vergara v. California trial; Credit: Neon Tommy

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

Education Lawsuit Verdict 8 MIN, 57 SEC

This morning, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of students who sued the state to change the way teachers are dismissed. The case, known as Vergara v. California, has been closely watched in education circles. The lawsuit argues that strong teacher job protections have made it all but impossible to get rid of ineffective educators.

Guests:
Ellie Herman, LA School Report (@GatsbyInLA)

Cost of Cybercrime 8 MIN, 23 SEC

A Romanian court has sentenced the hacker known as  “Guccifer” to four years in jail. He’s the guy who hacked into George W. Bush’s personal email account and posted the former president’s paintings on the internet. Meanwhile, a new study says that cybercrime could be costing the global economy $400 billion. And another group claims that a Chinese military unit has been attacking Western government agencies and defense contractors.

Guests:
Joseph Menn, Reuters (@josephmenn)

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Joseph Menn

No Haggling 8 MIN, 3 SEC

The epic battle over which car companies will dominate the auto industry continues. We take a look at the health of the American car economy. Plus, we discuss why we shouldn’t dread haggling so much when it’s time to buy a new car.

Guests:
Matt DeBord, is Transportation Editor for Business Insider (@mattdebord)

A Spymaster's Story 14 MIN, 1 SEC

Jack Devine spent 32 years at the CIA, from the late 60s to the late 90s. He was a covert operative in Chile during the military coup that ousted President Salvador Allende in 1973. He was a Latin America specialist during Iran-Contra. And he helped lead Charlie Wilson’s War, the clandestine effort to assist the mujahideen in their effort to force the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Devine has a new memoir about his life in the CIA, titled Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story.

Guests:
Jack Devine, author, 'Good Hunting' (@JackDevine_TAG)

Good Hunting

Jack Devine

Kindle Highlights 7 MIN, 55 SEC

“Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” That’s a quote from Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games book, by Suzanne Collins. It’s also the most-highlighted passage on Amazon’s Kindle. The Hunger Games, the Bible, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen top Amazon’s list of books with the most highlighted quotes. We discuss what this kind of data tells us about our reading culture and the future of books.

Guests:
Joseph Stromberg, Vox (@josephstromberg)

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