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LAUSD students score below the average on California-wide tests, and black and Latino kids are even further behind. Meanwhile, more students are enrolling in charter schools, which means less money for LAUSD. What’s the outlook for LA’s public schools?

Then, remembering Joe Hicks, an iconoclastic figure in Los Angeles politics and media who started out as a Black Power radical and became a conservative. July was the hottest month and 2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record.

California is fighting global warming. But has it bitten off more than it can chew with the latest emissions reductions law?

The new film “Other People” is a bittersweet story about a struggling comedy writer who comes home to Sacramento from New York to spend time with his dying mother. The film is partially autobiographical for its writer and director Chris Kelly.

Finally, the original Border Grill location in Santa Monica is closing. It opened 26 years ago and was revolutionary at the time.

Photo courtesy of Fahim Fadz 

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

LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King on public schools 11 MIN, 1 SEC

It’s not even September yet, but LA’s 650,000 public school students have already been back at their desks for two weeks. Statewide test results recently showed those students improving but still below the state average. Thirty-nine percent meet English language standards. And only 29 percent meet math standards. Black and Latino kids are doing even worse. Meanwhile, more students are enrolling in charter schools, which means less money for LAUSD. What’s the outlook for LA’s public schools?

Guests:
Michelle King, Los Angeles Unified School District (@LASchools)

Remembering Joe Hicks 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Joe Hicks, who died on Sunday, was an iconoclastic figure in Los Angeles politics and media. In the ‘70s, he was a radical with the Black Power movement. Twenty years later, he served as LA head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization once led by Martin Luther King Jr. And 20 years after that, Hicks reinvented himself as a conservative pundit and activist. Even at 75 years old, Hicks continued to shift and change. Most recently, he left the Republican party because of his objection to Donald Trump.

Guests:
David Lehrer, Community Advocates (@dlehrer)

Can California fight climate change? 8 MIN, 32 SEC

July was the hottest month since scientists began keeping records. This year is on track to be the hottest year yet. And now NASA is saying that the planet is warming at a pace unprecedented in the last thousand years. Well, California is working to fight that. But it’s going to take a lot more than just putting solar panels on every roof. A new law mandates an additional 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2030. How will that happen?

Guests:
Ann Carlson, UCLA (@UCLA)

‘Other People’ 13 MIN, 46 SEC

The new film “Other People” is a bittersweet story about a struggling comedy writer. He comes back home to Sacramento from New York to spend time with his dying mother. The film is partially autobiographical, though its writer and director Chris Kelly is anything but struggling. Earlier this month, he was named co-head writer of Saturday Night Live.

Guests:
Chris Kelly, Writer, Director (@imchriskelly)

Santa Monica’s Border Grill closes 5 MIN, 48 SEC

Border Grill - Santa Monica’s high-end Mexican spot - will close in October. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger opened it 26 years ago. The food was revolutionary at the time. Gourmet Mexican was not a thing at chef-driven concept restaurants. Back in 1985, Milliken and Feniger took with a road trip across the border where they learned cooking techniques from taco vendors and family barbeques. And they married those techniques with their French culinary training. Their restaurant set a standard for upscale Mexican food across Los Angeles.

Guests:
Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles magazine (@LesleyBS)

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