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Two men are dead in a suspected murder-suicide at UCLA Wednesday morning. KCRW Reporter Saul Gonzalez joined Press Play from the UCLA campus with the latest.

The Supreme Court will hear a case this week that concerns the appropriate level of instruction for special education students in public schools. Are most special-needs kids getting an appropriate education?

Also, most students in public schools are not white, but more than 80 percent of public school teachers are. Despite decades of effort, educators are still struggling to narrow the achievement gap between white students and black and Hispanic students. What can white teachers do to better teach across cultural and economic divides?

And finally, televangelist Jan Crouch has died. We’ll talk about how she and her husband built the Trinity Broadcasting Network into a multi-million dollar ministry, and how Jan Crouch and fellow televangelist Tammy Faye Messner came to be gay and drag icons.

Photo Credit: Trinity Broadcasting Network World Headquarters

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

Two Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide at UCLA 4 MIN, 46 SEC

Two men are dead in a suspected murder-suicide after a shooting at UCLA Wednesday morning which led to a campus lockdown. KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez joined Press Play from the University campus with the latest.


Police outside of UCLA's campus on June 1st, 2016
Credit: Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Are Special Ed Kids Getting the Education They Deserve? 11 MIN, 1 SEC

The Supreme Court will hear a case this week that concerns what the appropriate level of instruction for special education students in public schools should be. The justices asked the Obama administration to prepare a brief on the issue. Several lower courts have ruled on the idea of special education quality, but the rulings vary. In the specific case that inspired the Supreme Court to act, a family in Colorado pulled their autistic son out of public school for what they say was an inadequate education. An appeals court found that the public school system did not have to reimburse the parents for private school. So what level of education are special ed students entitled to? And are most special-needs kids getting an appropriate education?

Guests:
Michael Waterstone, Loyola Law School (@mwaterstone)
Kate Movius, mother of an autistic son

Teaching Across Economic and Cultural Divides 13 MIN, 31 SEC

The Department of Education released a report in May called “The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce.” Another title for it might be: “The Incredible Whiteness of Teaching.” Most students in public schools are not white, but more than 80 percent of public school teachers are. And despite decades of effort, educators are still struggling to narrow the achievement gap between white students and black and Hispanic students. What can white teachers do to better teach across cultural and economic divides? Columbia University Professor and author Christopher Emdin thinks he has a solution: a new approach to teaching that’s about meeting each student on his or her own cultural turf.

Guests:
Christopher Emdin, Columbia University (@chrisemdin)

The State of Televangelism 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Televangelist Jan Crouch died yesterday at the age of 78. Even if you’ve never heard her sermons, you’d probably recognize her image. She was known for enormous bouffant wigs – sometimes blonde, sometimes pink or purple – fake eyelashes and layers of makeup. Then there were her outfits: gaudy, often shiny, furry or sequined. Jan and her late husband Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Orange County in 1973. Nearly 40 years later, TBN beams Christian programming to more than 5,000 TV stations around the world. It’s the world’s biggest Christian TV network, but it’s not the only one. What is the state of televangelism today?

Guests:
Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania (@AntheaButler)

Televangelists and Unlikely Gay and Drag Icons 7 MIN, 8 SEC

Jan Crouch and her late husband Paul collaborated with the late Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker when Trinity Broadcasting Network began four decades ago. And despite their pious preachiness, the two televangelist wives ended up inspiring many a drag queen thanks to their tarantula lashes, painted-on brows, and melodramatic altar-call performances. In fact, the women have reached icon status in the drag and gay community. How and why did these two preachy Christian ladies come to be embraced by the gay and drag communities?

Guests:
Fenton Bailey, producer and director (@fbailey)

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