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A spoken-word student-video with more than a million views on YouTube dramatizes how few African-Americans are admitted to UCLA. We hear what it's like to be one of the only black students on campus. Race-based affirmative action was banned by California voters in 1996. What other strategies can help increase diversity? Are they being implemented at UCLA? Also, a full-grown mountain lion slinks through Griffith Park with the Hollywood sign in the background. We hear what it took to get some remarkable photographs.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when nuclear talks resume tomorrow, the Obama Administration is optimistic about a deal with Iran.  But Israel, Saudi Arabia and both parties in Congress, are warning that a bad deal would be worse than no deal at all.  We'll hear about the most likely terms for an agreement and why they're causing so much diplomatic and political friction.

Producers:
Anna Scott
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Black and Outnumbered at UCLA 18 MIN, 7 SEC

A spoken word video made at UCLA has gone viral. With 12 black students behind him on the steps of a university building, third year student Sy Stokes provides facts and figures and recounts what it's like to be one of so few African Americans on a campus supposedly pledged to diversity. There are 25,000 undergraduates at UCLA. This year's freshman class includes just 75 African Americans. University officials declined to appear on our program, but a written statement says the video "eloquently and powerfully expresse[s] their frustration and disappointment."

 

 

Guests:
Brianna Atkins, UCLA Afrikan Student Union
Kevin Harbour, UCLA Black Alumni Association (@BlackBruinAlum)
Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times (@perezpena)

Reporter's Notebook Photographer Captures LA 'Ghost Cats' 7 MIN, 2 SEC

The December issue of National Geographic features a spread of stunning photographs under the headline, "Tigers Forever." They are dramatic and beautiful evidence of the mountain lions that live in metropolitan Los Angeles — with one shown in Griffith Park with the Hollywood sign in the background. They're the work of photographer Steve Winter. (You can see some of Steve Winter's mountain lion photographs at KCRW.com/whichwaylablog.)

Guests:
Steven Winter, National Geographic (@swfoto)

Tigers Forever

Steve Winter

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