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Students who've been occupying the administration building at Occidental College moved to the office of President Jonathan Vietch today. He has refused to step down like his counterpart at the University of Missouri. That action a week ago has helped spread protests over racism and the lack of diversity to campuses around the country, including USC and Claremont-McKenna as well as to Oxy. We hear from both sides.

Later on the program, ridership on the new Expo Line is exceeding expectations, but it's not reducing traffic congestion. 

Photo: Occidental College president Jonathan Vietch speaks to  members of Oxy United for Black Liberation on the Occidental College campus, November 12, 2015.

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Charlotte Duren

Success in Missouri Brings Student Protest to SoCal 14 MIN, 11 SEC

It's been barely more than a week since student protesters -- including the football team -- forced the resignations of the President and the Chancellor of the University of Missouri. Since then, the movement has spread to 100 campuses around the country, including USC in Los Angeles and Claremont McKenna College, where a dean of students has stepped down. We hear from a reporter following the story and from the occupied administration building in Eagle Rock.

Guests:
Jason Song, Los Angeles Times (@byjsong)
Lindsey Opoku-Acheampong, Occidental Black Student Alliance (@oxybsa)
Marty Sharkey, Occidental College (@oxynews)

Metro Expo Line Doesn't Alleviate Traffic, but Is That the Point? 7 MIN

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mike Bonin and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas have all said at some point this year that the Expo light-rail line from downtown to the Westside would "decrease traffic" and "reduce congestion." They're elected officials promoting a $930 million project. Now some data is coming in, and although it turns out that gridlock remains on streets and freeways, ridership is a pleasant surprise: it's already what was expected for 2025. Professor Genevieve Giuliano is director of the METRANS Transportation Center at USC.

Guests:
Genevieve Giuliano, METRANS / USC (@uscprice)

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