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State lawmakers are facing pushback on a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in California. What’s driving the protests? Will the bill survive? State health officials are still monitoring what’s been considered the worst measles outbreak in California in years. But how bad was it? Last year, former NFL star Darren Sharper admitted to raping 9 women in 4 states.  A new investigation says many of the rapes could have been prevented. Forty years ago marked the end to the Vietnam War. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new novel, The Sympathizer, offers a fresh look at the contentious history from the Vietnamese-American perspective. P-22, the iconic Mountain Lion who usually roams Griffith Park, took up residence in Los Feliz yesterday. A shocked homeowner found the infamous cat under his house last night. What’s behind P-22’s fame and his recent adventure into residential LA?

Banner Image: A nurse wearing blue gloves administers a vaccine into a male patient's arm.

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Parents Protest Vaccine Bill 6 MIN, 28 SEC

State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in the state and they’re getting some serious pushback. Right now, parents can opt out of vaccinations for a variety of “personal beliefs.” SB 277 would allow only medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations. A crucial vote takes place tomorrow.


Guests:
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio (@1KatieOrr)

Measles Outbreak Update 8 MIN, 21 SEC

State health officials are still monitoring what’s been considered the worst measles outbreak in California in years. It began in Disneyland in December. But parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children argue that this outbreak wasn’t as widespread and terrible as it was hyped up to be.

Guests:
Jaime DeVille, Clinical professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Investigation into former NFL star and serial rapist Darren Sharper 10 MIN, 45 SEC

Last year, former NFL star Darren Sharper was partying with models and other sports stars at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. On the way to another party, Sharper convinced two women to stop by his hotel in Century City. He offered them drinks and ten minutes later, the women were unconscious. Three days later, Darren Sharper was arrested on charges of rape. It wasn’t the first time he’d drugged and raped women. He has admitted to raping 9 women in 4 states.  His prison sentence: 20 years, with a chance of parole after 9 years. Is that punishment harsh enough? A new investigation by ProPublica reveals that many of the rapes might have been prevented.

Guests:
Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica (@ryangabrielson )

More:
Upon Further Review: Inside the Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper’s Rape Spree

“The Sympathizer” offers fresh look at Vietnam War 13 MIN, 54 SEC

Forty years ago marked the definitive end to the Vietnam War. The Americans evacuated and on April 30th, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese communist forces.  Viet Thanh Nguyen was four years old. His family escaped Saigon and came to the United States as refugees in 1975. Nguyen’s new novel, The Sympathizer, takes place just after the end of the war. Unlike almost all other American books or films about the war, The Sympathizer’s main characters are Vietnamese, offering a fresh look at a contentious history.

Guests:
Viet Thanh Nguyen, author, 'The Sympathizer'

The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Iconic LA Mountain Lion 7 MIN, 40 SEC

A new celebrity took up residence in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood yesterday. No, not T Swift or Beyonce. It was P-22, the iconic Mountain Lion who usually roams Griffith Park. A shocked homeowner found the infamous cat under his house last night. Wildlife officials were called. Tennis balls and bean bags were thrown to coax out the mountain lion. But P-22 stayed put. Until a check up early Tuesday morning found the cat had reportedly left the building, wandering out on his own accord. What’s behind P-22’s fame? And his recent adventure into residential LA?

Guests:
Seth Riley, National Park Service, Santa Monica

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