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UCLA students are protesting this year’s commencement speaker. His name is Nathan Myhrvold, an entrepreneur whose track record in the tech industry is tainted by accusations of patent law abuse. We hear from a student, and get a primer on Myhrvold’s career. Then, an urban planner who’s spent his whole career studying parking retires in June. He shares what he’s learned. And finally, why are police cracking down on jaywalking in Downtown L.A.?

Banner Image: Graduating students attend UCLA's commencement ceremony; Credit: Sam Kim

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

UCLA Protests Commencement Speaker 15 MIN, 5 SEC

Remember the movie The Graduate? Benjamin Braddock was given one word of advice for his future career: “plastics.” Well, UCLA’s class of 2015 may be hearing another word: patents. That’s because the school’s commencement speaker is Nathan Myhrvold, an entrepreneur who’s been called “patent troll public enemy number one.” A patent troll is someone who acquires thousands of tech patents without any desire to invent something new, and then sues other companies for infringement. It’s a practice that is controversial to say the least. We hear about why students are protesting, and career background on Myhrvold.

Guests:
Ara Shirinian, Daily Bruin
Josh Lowensohn, The Verge (@Josh)

L.A.'s Parking Guru 12 MIN, 22 SEC

We Angelenos drive more than anyone in the nation. We spend more hours in traffic and travel longer distances. And when it’s all over, we will have spent days, even weeks, driving in circles looking for a parking spot. But what if we didn’t have to? We hear from a UCLA expert who’s dedicated his career to solving the parking conundrum.


Photo: Inside Man

Guests:
Donald Shoup, UCLA (@donaldshoup)

Jaywalking Outrage 8 MIN, 29 SEC

It’s not only hard to find a parking spot in Downtown L.A. It’s also becoming hard for pedestrians crossing the street. Police there have been cracking down on jaywalkers. If the light isn’t green, you can get a nearly $200 dollar ticket, even if you cross while the red hand is flashing. This has provoked outrage among residents, and now city council members and one state legislator are considering an intervention. We hear from Steve Lopez, who’s been covering story.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)

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