Last April, Michigan state Representative Stephanie Chang introduced a bill to regulate home-schooling after two Detroit children were found dead in their mother's freezer. The children hadn't been seen for years, after their mother decided to home-school them. Chang's office was soon inundated with messages from angry parents who are against the bill. She soon learned that the parents had been organized by the Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA. Jessica Huseman is author of the Slate/ProPublica investigation, “The Frightening Power of the Home-Schooling Lobby.” She discusses the practice of home-schooling, the lawmakers trying to regulate it, and the HSLDA's tactics to prevent such regulation.
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Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway and the co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, discusses the thriller "No Escape," the coming-of-age drama "We Are Your Friends," and the Sundance hit "Grandma."
Several Takeaway listeners read "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates within days of its publication and wrote to us with their reviews. We asked three of them from different corners of the country to join us for a discussion.
The Takeaway examines a new investigation from Slate and ProPublica, gerrymandering in Florida, and Chinese spying.