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?
Hillary Clinton met with Clinton Foundation donors while Secretary of State, and some say that's "pay-to-play" politics; a potential new LAPD program looks to create a dialogue between the department and families of those killed by police; plus, why a proposed law in Italy could make vegan diets a form of child abuse.
Is Donald Trump rethinking his campaign promise to deport millions of people here illegally and how might such a move play with his core supporters? CA Senate Bill 1322 would change the way underage sex workers are charged; Plus, inside NPR's decision to drop reader comments from its website - have extreme comments made many comments sections unusable? And who benefits in the shift to social media?
After accusations of impropriety in his work with pro-Russian politicians, Trump's former campaign chairman resigned this morning; a bill in Sacramento could require institutions to to collect data on more groups under the label “Asian American,” but not everybody's happy about it; plus, Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Justin Chang, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases including “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. TGI-FilmWeek!
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