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State Senate Bill 277 would force parents who oppose mandatory vaccinations to home-school their children. Opponents have compared its author to Hitler, threatened physical violence, and packed a State Capitol hearing room today for the second time in a week. We hear how amendments were passed — under tight security and without public testimony.

Also, life in Southern California's refugee camps — after the fall of Saigon.

Photo: Tim Wilson

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Public Health and Public Outrage 15 MIN, 54 SEC

The anti-vaccination movement may be small in number, but it has enough angry people to pack hearing rooms in Sacramento, where Senate Bill 277 is under consideration. Last week, after hours of blistering testimony, the Senate Education Committee agreed to delay the measure. Now it has been amended, and today it passed by a vote of 7 to 2 — with no public input allowed.

Guests:
Jeremy B. White, Sacramento Bee (@CapitolAlert)
Dorit Reiss, Hastings Law School (@doritmi)
Pam Sorooshian, Home School Association of California (@HSC_Happenings)

More:
Reiss on law and vaccines
Home School Association of California on immunizations

Life in California's Refugee Camps after the Fall of Saigon 12 MIN, 16 SEC

Today, refugee camps are part of the story in the Middle East and Africa. Forty years ago, they were part of reality in Southern California. In the immediate aftermath of a lost war, America provided refuge for people fleeing from victorious North Vietnam. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has that story.


At its peak in 1975, nearly 20,000 refugees were at Camp Pendleton in eight locations
Photo: Camp Pendleton Archives


Women washing their clothes at a Camp Pendleton refugee camp
Photo: Camp Pendleton Archives


What remains of Camp One refugee site at Camp Pendleton
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

You can see archival photos of life in Southern California's refugee camps on our WWLA blog.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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