A lot of people are panicked today over the discovery of a computer flaw that may be exposing millions of people’s personal information online, including banking info. We hear from an education journalist who’s asked her daughter to opt-out of standardized tests. Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to bring a big music festival curated by Jay Z to downtown L.A. this summer, but critics say “not so fast.” Some college campuses across the U.S. are addressing an issue they call “microaggressions”: seemingly harmless comments that might not be so harmless. And art critic Jerry Saltz reviews George W. Bush’s paintings on display in a new exhibition.
FROM THIS EPISODE
A lot of people today are panicked over the discovery of the so-called Heartbleed computer bug. Heartbleed is a flaw in the software used to protect most public websites that require security, from Google Docs to Amazon, and probably even your bank’s web site. Security experts have called the “Heartbleed” bug catastrophic, but the real fallout has yet to be seen.
High school students across California are sitting down to take pilot versions of a new statewide exam. It’s designed to fit with the Common Core State Standards, a new curriculum that’s supposed to encourage critical thinking over rote memorization. We’ll hear why L.A. Times editorial writer Karin Klein has asked her 16-year-old daughter to opt-out of the testing.
Karin Klein, Los Angeles Times
Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to bring a big music festival curated by Jay Z to downtown L.A. this summer. But critics say “not so fast.” City Councilmember Jose Huizar says street and sidewalk closures would create a traffic nightmares and that community members need to be engaged in the planning process. We take a look at the bigger question: is L.A. ready to host a big outdoor music festival? And if not, why not?
David Sloane, University of Southern California
Some college campuses across the U.S. are addressing an issue they call “microaggressions”: seemingly harmless comments that might not be so harmless. These are comments that we hear all the time that could be a form of subtle racism or bias.
A major exhibition by an important new artist debuted in Dallas this month: his name is George W. Bush. The former president’s paintings are on display at the Bush Presidential Centre in Dallas, Texas. And art critic Jerry Saltz has mixed feelings about them. The New York Magazine writer joins us for a review.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Drug education in the era of legal weed D.A.R.E. was once the most widely used school-based substance abuse prevention program in the country, and it was invented right here in Los Angeles. With pot now legal here in California, LAUSD is trying more a more subtle approach to educating kids about the dangers of marijuana use.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on whether war in space is coming Neil deGrasse Tyson says astrophysicists are mostly peace-loving scientists, but have always been complicit in warfare. He also explains what war in space could look like, but why it’s unlikely to happen. His new book is titled “Accessory to War.”
Chloe Sevigny on playing a suspected axe murderer Since the ‘90s, Chloe Sevigny has acted in scores of TV shows and movies, including “Boys Don’t Cry,” which earned her an Oscar nomination. Now she’s starring in a new film about Lizzie Borden, who was suspected of murdering her father and stepmom in 1892.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Now that recreational marijuana is legal, what should advertising look like? Just east of West Hollywood, right before the iconic Sunset Strip, a MedMen billboard looms over pedestrians and al fresco diners eating burgers at nearby cafe. The billboard features a… Read More
More California moms-to-be are using cannabis, but is it safe? It’s been almost one year since both California and Los Angeles legalized recreational marijuana sales. But new research shows that as California’s stance on cannabis has shifted in recent years,… Read More