A year after Green Dot Public Schools took up operation of Locke High as a charter school, students scored no better on state tests than they had under the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, truancy and crime are down at the school. Larry Mantle takes a look at the progress being made at Locke High School.
Local businessman William Mundell has come up with a novel idea for revitalizing California’s economy. Based on an economic model that was used to help solve the budget crisis in Australia, “The Mundell Plan” suggests raising revenue for cash-strapped California by renting out the state's assets to private investors. From prisons to parking structures there are 33,000 properties that could be used to rake in approximately $100 billion. Larry talks about the plan’s specifics with Bill Mundell and opens the phones to listeners.
Until recently, almost all researchers believed that the aging process was too complex to find drugs that could slow it. Then geneticists began to uncover single genes that could dramatically extend the lifespan of laboratory organisms such as yeast, worms, flies and mice. The genes underlie the effects of calorie restriction diets, which may delay aging. If eating less can extend a healthy life span, can drugs be taken to fool the body into thinking it’s on such a diet? Larry talks with anti-aging experts about the latest research in the quest for longer, healthier lives.
Everybody else is on Twitter...so why not the Lord? Services are now available that will pray for you via Twitter. And if you’re too busy to pray, there are web sites that will do it for you (for a small fee). Religion has become an integral part of old media... where does it stand with new media? Are these tools a blessing or a curse for people of faith? Can digital technology help us commune with God?
One year has passed since 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack – we look at the tactical response, the community one year later and what life’s been like for Muslims since; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review the week’s latest releases, including ‘Jackie,’ ‘Man Down’ and more on FilmWeek.
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney general – we look at the implications, as well as who will fill Becerra’s seat in the House; North Dakota’s governor has set Dec. 5 as the eviction date for Access Pipeline protesters – we dive into the competing interests and historical context of the land; what is the future of the death penalty in CA?; plus, we analyze the politics of Black Republicans.
We analyze the pros and cons of hunting mountain lion P45 after it slaughtered 10 pet alpacas belonging to a Malibu resident; why Pasadena City College Trustees might ban themselves from speaking to media without permission from the board president; the debate on what to do with California's massive number of dead trees; plus, could a stress vaccine actually work?
Critic of the Affordable Care Act and Georgia Rep. Tom Price is Trump’s pick to lead the Dept. of Health and Human Services – we look at what that means for Obamacare; how libel lawsuits can be weaponized against the media in the age of Trump; plus, the CA State Bar has proposed a ban on lawyers having sex with clients – we debate the proposal.
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