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Today, the US Supreme Court was asked once again to consider banning affirmative action in admissions to public colleges and universities nationwide. California is already there. It's been a laboratory for eliminating race-based admissions since Prop 209 was passed by the voters in 1996. We hear what the justices wanted to know from lawyers for both sides today, and talk with African American students at UCLA -- before and after Prop 209 went into effect.

Also on the program, will state officials protect the Central Valley from uranium in the drinking water?

Photo: UCLA Fund

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower

Uranium Contamination in the Central Valley 5 MIN, 55 SEC

In California's Central Valley, there's uranium in the drinking water. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of kidney damage and cancer from long exposure. Many private homes and public school districts rely on contaminated water wells, and public health warnings are sporadic at best. That's according to the Associated Press in a report co-authored by Ellen Kickmeyer.

Guests:
Ellen Kickmeyer, Associated Press (@KnickmeyerEllen)

Racial Diversity at UCLA…before and after Prop 209 18 MIN, 28 SEC

"What unique perspective does a minority student bring to a physics class?" That question was asked today by John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States. The court was re-considering the case of Abigail Fisher, a white woman who sued the University of Texas, Austin, for admitting black students while rejecting her. She said affirmative action was a form of racial discrimination. David Savage covers the court for the LA Times.

In California, considering race for public college admissions was banned when voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996. The percentage of African American students dropped by half the following year -- from 6% to 3%. Ten years later, it was 2%. We hear from African American students at UCLA, before and after Prop 209 went into effect.

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@davidgsavage)
Breana Weaver, Coro / KCRW
Erin Aubry Kaplan, KCET / Los Angeles Times

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