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Six decades after Brown versus the Board of Education, American schools are still segregated by race.  What happened to all those court orders and so-called "forced busing?" Is the real cause of school segregation discrimination in housing and income inequality?  Also, the FCC green-lights paid priority on the Internet, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki tells Senators he's "mad as hell." Can he head off calls for his resignation?

Banner image: (L) Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Little Rock's Central High School; (R) Protest march against the segregation of schools

Producers:
Mike Kessler
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

The FCC Green-lights Paid Priority on the Internet 7 MIN, 50 SEC

The issue of "net neutrality" brought protesters to today's meeting of the Federal Communications Commission. By a vote of 3 to 2, the Commission moved forward anyway with a proposal for "paid priority." FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler cautioned, "The potential for there to be some kind of ‘fast lane' available to only a few has many people concerned. Personally, I don't like the idea of dividing the Internet into 'haves' and 'have-nots,' and I will work to see that that does not happen." Timothy Lee is senior editor of the online news site Vox, where he covers technology.

Guests:
Timothy Lee, Washington Post (@binarybits)

School Desegregation: 60 Years Later 35 MIN, 27 SEC

In 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled that legally segregated public schools deprived African Americans of their 14th Amendment guarantee of an equal education. Today, after decades of controversy, school integration has not been achieved. Most black kids still go to mostly black schools.  In some places, desegregation orders have been ignored — or even reversed — by school districts. In the meantime, America's racial make-up has radically changed. The Latino population has mushroomed. The proportion of white students is on the decline. Can students learn without diversity in their classrooms?  Is school segregation a symptom of deeper issues: housing discrimination and economics?

Guests:
Joe Sexton, ProPublica (@thejoesexton)
Erica Frankenberg, Pennsylvania State University (@CPRatUCLA)
Peniel Joseph, Tufts University (@PenielJoseph)
David Armor, George Mason University
Mark Dorosin, University of North Carolina (@MarkDorosin)

More:
Armor's 'Forced Justice: School Desegregation and the Law'
Brown v. Board of Education
Frankenberg on the politics of maintaining diversity policies in school districts
Jelani Cobb on inequality and education in Newark and elsewhere
Joseph's 'Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level'
ProPublica's study on segregation today in the Tuscaloosa school district
UNC Center for Civil Rights' analysis of the legacy of segregated communities

Forced Justice

David J. Armor

Shinseki Faces Tough Questions at VA Hearing 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Yesterday on this program, we heard charges that Veterans Administration officials were hiding evidence of delays in providing medical care — sometimes so long that veterans died while waiting to get appointments. Today, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former General Eric Shinseki, faced a barrage of tough question from Senate Republicans and Democrats. Problems with the VA have been reported for years, and the recent reports of hidden records have led to calls for Shinseki's resignation. Today, he told Senators he was "mad as hell." They sounded madder. Mark Thompson covers the military for Time magazine.

Guests:
Mark Thompson, Time magazine (@MarkThompson_DC)

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