Bathroom bills and transgender students

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Guests: Matt Apuzzo, Samantha Michaels, Harvey Molotch

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping directive to public schools, pushing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. That letter sent on Friday is the most recent piece in an ongoing debate about transgender rights, which includes a fight over North Carolina’s controversial legislation. We’ll start by getting the latest from New York Times correspondent MATT APUZZO. For a better understanding of recent bathroom-related legislation, and a history of toilets over the centuries, we’ll turn to Mother Jones copy editor SAMANTHA MICHAELS. We’ll also discuss public restrooms and the politics of sharing with New York University sociology and metropolitan studies professor HARVEY MOLOTCH, who’s author of a book on the topic.

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