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Parents who don't want to vaccinate their children admit that can end relationships. But many still want California voters to overturn a new law requiring childhood vaccinations in the interests of public health. We hear from them and update their adventure in politics.

Also, a guilty plea by a co-defendant could provide new testimony against LA's former Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka in a jail-abuse case. Will it lead to charges against his former boss, Lee Baca?

Photo: A child is vaccinated at an LAUSD campus-based health clinic on the eve of the new school year. (Saul Gonzalez)

Federal Investigation Reaches Higher into the Sheriff's Department 5 MIN, 30 SEC

LA's former Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka is scheduled for trial in a federal courtroom on charges of wrongdoing in county jails. Yesterday, his co-defendant, former Captain William "Tom" Carey pleaded guilty to lying on the witness stand in another trial last year. What are the possible consequences for Tanaka — and his former boss, former Sheriff Lee Baca? Laurie Levenson is a former federal prosecutor, now a professor at Loyola Law School.

Guests:
Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School (@LoyolaLawSchool)

Anti-Vaxers Appeal to the Voters 18 MIN, 36 SEC

As classes begin again in the public schools, it's the last year when California parents can opt out of vaccinating their children based on personal beliefs or religious convictions. Some angry parents want voters to repeal the toughest law of its kind in the nation. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez met with some vaccination skeptics. He reports that many parents are skeptical about the pharmaceutical industry — and that skepticism is rising as the number of recommended vaccines has increased.

Guests:
Elena Conis, Emory University (@elenaconis)
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio (@1KatieOrr)

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Capitol Public Radio on the new law and the anti-vaccination movement

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