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In 1968, the Fair Housing Act ended overt racial discrimination, but its promise of also ending segregation has not been fulfilled, and there is still unequal access to schools, parks and upward mobility. We hear what President Obama proposes to do and what it could mean for local neighborhoods.

Also, why today's "A Greek-greement" may be a tough sell. On today's Talking Point,a tunnel with ventilation, lighting, oxygen tanks and a roof high enough for Mexico's most powerful drug kingpin to stand up in. We hear about Saturday's prison escape by Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

Photo: Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta, USCDCP

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Jenny Hamel

Why Today's "Agreekment" May Be a Tough Sell 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After days of wrangling in Brussels, a "Euro summit" of creditors and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have agreed to another bailout.  Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, coined a new word for it, "agreekment." Now it's up to the Greek parliament to agree to the latest terms. Simon Shuster, who's in Athens for Time magazine, has details.

Guests:
Simon Shuster, Time magazine (@shustry)

Does Your ZIP Code Determine Your Future? 34 MIN, 2 SEC

The federal Fair Housing Act was enacted by a bipartisan Congress in 1968 and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.  It banned outright discrimination, such as racial restrictions in zoning and deeds.  It also required the government to actively dismantle segregation and foster integration in its place.  Since then federal subsidies for affordable housing have focused on poor neighborhoods — with the effect of expanding racial and ethnic ghettos. The Obama Administration now wants cities to build affordable housing in more desirable neighborhoods.  The goal is desegregation, but opponents denounce it as "forced integration" and predict resistance to what they call "social engineering."

Guests:
Emily Badger, Washington Post (@emilymbadger)
Debby Goldberg, National Fair Housing Alliance (@natfairhouse)
Jason Riley, Manhattan Institute / Wall Street Journal (@jasonrileywsj)
Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School (@MyronOrfield)
Mark Shelburne, Novogradac & Company (@NovogradacCPAs)

More:
Badger on segregation and the origins of the American ghetto
Badger on support for a law allowing homeowners to discriminate
National Fair Housing Alliance on House-approved anti-Fair Housing amendments, despite bipartisan opposition
ProPublica on how the Nixon government betrayed a landmark civil rights law

How Easy Was El Chapo's Escape? 9 MIN, 6 SEC

A massive manhunt is on in Mexico for Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who escaped from prison this weekend, using a highly sophisticated tunnel and acutely embarrassing Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto. Shortly before he was captured and sent to prison, Guzmán had fled from authorities using a network of tunnels and sewers.  Enrique Peña Nieto promised he'd never get out again.  But on Saturday, Guzmán disappeared through a hole in the floor of his shower that led to a one-mile long tunnel opening to the outside world.  Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico City bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, picks up the story.


Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán after his arrest in Mazatlan on February 22, 2014
Photo: Galaxy fm ®

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)

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