Contract talks between United Teachers Los Angeles and the L.A. Unified School District have been going on since last year and led to a vote last week on whether teachers should strike. Plus, KPCC's host of the entertainment program, The Frame, was in Telluride over the weekend and has a recap of the most anticipated films that premiered during its annual film festival. Plus, we speak with the author of "Life After Manzanar" about how Japanese-Americans have fared after their internment at Manzanar, decades after the end of World War II.
Bills, bills, bills
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Lots of legislation is sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk waiting for him to sign it all in to law, or not. The governor also took a look at some bills over the weekend, we’ll talk about all the big ones.
- Marisa Lagos, KQED political correspondent
LA teachers strike vote update
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More than 30,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District finished voting last week on whether to authorize a strike. If enough L.A. Unified School District teachers voted "yes," the leaders of their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, would have the power to launch the first teachers strike in LAUSD since 1989. Roughly a year and a half of contract talks stalled in July. Almost every day since, the already-tattered relationship between UTLA and LAUSD leadership frays a little more. The first mediation date is still one month away, and in recent days, both the union and the district filed formal complaints against each other. So did LA's teachers vote to strike?
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC education reporter
Philanthropy in Education
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Bob Hughes, head of K-12 education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to A Martinez about the role of philanthropy in education and new funding from the Foundation that will be spent across 13 states, including California, and how that may trickle down to LA students.
- Bob Hughes, head of K-12 education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Telluride Film Festival
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The 45th annual Telluride Film Festival premiered 60 feature and short films representing 22 countries, including new works from Oscar-winning filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron and Damien Chazelle's "First Man" about Neil Armstrong's journey to the moon.
- John Horn, host of KPCC's The Frame
Life After Manzanar
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World War II officially ended when Japanese officials signed surrender documents on September 2, 1945. For Japanese-Americans, the end of the war marked the conclusion to a dark period when the U.S. government held people of Japanese heritage in internment camps, including Manzanar in California. While that history is widely known, what happened afterward is less talked about. Japanese-Americans who were interned had to rebuild their lives while facing discrimination.
- Naomi Hirahara, author of the book, "Life After Manzanar"
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Each week we bring you the best in new music, and our selections for the first week of September include Jungle's "For Ever," Swamp Dogg's "Love, Loss and Auto-Tune" and the Textones' "Old Stone Gang."
- Steve Hochman, music critic