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The latest battleground in America's culture wars is transgender access to school bathrooms and other facilities. We hear about sex discrimination, civil rights, boycotts and state lawsuits against the federal government.

Later on the program, the chorus of outrage over the killing of a 420-pound gorilla to save the life of a four-year-old boy.

Photo: A protest sign on a bathroom which helped lobby for the first gender-neutral restroom in the Los Angeles School District is seen at Santee Education Complex high school in Los Angeles, California, US, April 18, 2016. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel
Andrea Brody
Jared Morgan

Trump Slams Media, Defends Donations to Veterans 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump today attacked the news media after finally releasing information about the televised fundraiser for veterans he held in January to compete with a Fox News debate with other presidential contenders. Telling reporters he "wanted to keep it private," Trump explained, "because I don't think it's anybody's business if I want to send money to the vets but I have to say this. I raised close to $6 million, it'll probably be over that amount. As of this moment its $5.6 million."

He called one reporter a "sleaze" for asking him at the news conference when he actually donated $1 million of his own money. The Washington Post, led the way in trying to determine where the money actually went -- and when. 

Guests:
Rebecca Sinderbrand, Washington Post (@sinderbrand)

More:
Trump's info on his veteran fundraiser

The Battle for Bathrooms 33 MIN, 45 SEC

Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration directed that gender identity should be the deciding factor, rather than gender at birth. Thirteen states have already filed suit, accusing the government of a "massive social experiment" that threatens the safety of children. States that don’t accept the guidelines are facing boycotts by business and entertainers — and possible loss of federal money.

Guests:
Thomas Aberli, Atherton High School (@atherton-high)
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times (@sherylstolberg)
Gail Heriot, University of San Diego / US Commission on Civil Rights (@GailHeriot)
Deshanna Neal, Mother of a transgender child (@transunitedfund)
Christy Mallory, Williams Institute (@WilliamsPolicy)

More:
Stolberg on how the push for transgender bathroom rights reached the White House
US Commission on Civil Rights' letter on transgender school bathrooms, locker rooms
Mallory on the legal, economic implications of North Carolina's transgender bathroom legislation

Zoo's Decision to Kill Gorilla Sparks Outrage 9 MIN, 37 SEC

When a four-year-old boy breached a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo, a 420-pound gorilla named Harambe took an interest in him and dragged him around. Zoo officials say the child was at risk — from accident if not from intent — and they killed the gorilla. The boy’s mother thanked God for getting her child back...but, for her, that was just the beginning.  


Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo

Guests:
Barbara King, College of William and Mary (@bjkingape)

More:
Cincinnati Zoo’s statement on the death of its beloved gorilla

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