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A new Senate bill would change the way colleges handle sexual assault complaints; we talk to University of California president Janet Napolitano about what that would mean for schools here. Also, a new lawsuit from the ACLU claims non-English speaking elementary school students are being left behind. We discuss the background of that case, and we talk about the unaccompanied children from Central America that continue to pour over the U.S. border: What happens after they enter the country? We also meet Jon Gnarr, an Icelandic comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavic as a joke -- and won. And Jason Sklar discusses the ongoing controversy over L.A. Dodgers TV rights.

Banner Image: Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik

Curbing College Campus Sexual Assaults 9 MIN, 9 SEC

A bill introduced in the Senate yesterday would require colleges to conduct anonymous surveys of their students’ experiences with sexual assault and then publicize the results. Here in California, UC Berkeley is one of 55 schools under federal investigation for allegedly mishandling complaints. We talk to the head of the UC system about that and other issues facing our public universities.

Janet Napolitano, University of California (@UC_president)

Leaving Non-English Speaking Students Behind 7 MIN, 4 SEC

There are some 1.5 million students in California elementary and secondary schools who don’t speak, read, write or understand English. Schools are required to provide them with tutors, additional language materials and even separate classes. But a recent lawsuit alleges that at least 20,000 students are not getting that help. We speak with an expert who tracks the issue.

Claude Goldenberg, Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education

What Happens to Children Who Cross the Border? 9 MIN, 20 SEC

More unaccompanied, Central American children are crossing the border into the U.S. every day. Today, the House postponed a vote on allocating more money for the crisis until September. So what happens to these children in the meantime?

Dara Lind, Vox (@DLind)

Iceland’s Comedian Mayor 13 MIN, 42 SEC

What if a well-known comedian like Jimmy Kimmel or Sarah Silverman decided to start a political party? And then ran for mayor of L.A.? And then won? Well, that’s basically what happened four years ago in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.

Jón Gnarr, Comedian and the former mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland. He’s the author of the book “Gnarr! How I Became Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.” (@JonGnarr_theman)

Dodgers Are on Fire, But Many Can’t Watch 7 MIN, 46 SEC

The L.A. Dodgers are on fire: They’re first place in their division, and beat the Atlanta Braves last night in extra innings. But 70 percent of pay-TV subscribers didn’t get to watch the game, as the dispute over broadcast rights continues. We talk about that and more with Jason Sklar of the sports-comedy duo the Sklar Brothers.

Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

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