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What is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History? That's the question raised by a new law requiring all schools in California to teach a subject teachers and administrators say they can't define. LA Unified enacted rules against slurs about gender identity in 1988. In 2005, it adopted a health textbook saying sexual orientation is not a choice. But LGBT History?  Should parents have the right to opt out when classes begin come January? Also, Detroit is the poorest city in the United States. What's number two?  San Bernardino. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, are unmanned drones changing the nature of warfare?

Banner image: San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978 at Mayor Moscone's desk. Photo by Daniel Nicoletta

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott
Karen Radziner

Main Topic What Is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History? 13 MIN, 49 SEC

In July, Governor Brown signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to require lessons about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in public schools. Republicans who opposed the bill called it well intentioned but ill conceived. For better or worse, school districts are wrestling with how it should be implemented.

Guests:
Judy Chiasson, Los Angeles Unified School District
Debra Chasnoff, GroundSpark

Reporter's Notebook San Bernardino Right behind Detroit in Poverty 11 MIN, 36 SEC

The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey has grim news for the Inland Empire. After Detroit, San Bernardino is the poorest big city in the United States. More than one third of residents, 34.6 percent, are below the poverty line. That's $22,000 a year for a family of four and $11,000 for an individual.

Guests:
Marlene Merrill, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
Bill Watkins, California Lutheran University

Main Topic The Pros and Cons of Drones 27 MIN

Wars are vastly expensive in blood and treasure. The outcomes are always uncertain, and continued public support is not guaranteed. Witness Iraq and Afghanistan. Faced with the threat of terrorism, the Obama Administration has "decisively embraced the drone… as a cheap, safe and precise tool to eliminate enemies." But the Obama Defense Department isn't the only one adopting unmanned drones for reconnaissance and, ultimately, for targeted killing. Is it legal? Will the US be vulnerable when China, other countries or terrorists develop their own technologies?

Guests:
Scott Shane, New York Times (@ScottShaneNYT)
Michael W. Lewis, Ohio Northern University School of Law
Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield
G.I. Wilson, Palomar College

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