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G: The Miseducation of Larry P

G: The Miseducation of Larry P

Update: 2019-06-07141
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Are some ideas so dangerous we shouldn’t even talk about them? That question brought Radiolab’s senior editor, Pat Walters, to a subject that at first he thought was long gone: the measuring of human intelligence with IQ tests. Turns out, the tests are all around us. In the workplace. The criminal justice system. Even the NFL. And they’re massive in schools. More than a million US children are IQ tested every year.


We begin Radiolab Presents: “G” with a sentence that stopped us all in our tracks: In the state of California, it is off-limits to administer an IQ test to a child if he or she is Black. That’s because of a little-known case called Larry P v Riles that in the 1970s … put the IQ test itself on trial. With the help of reporter Lee Romney, we investigate how that lawsuit came to be, where IQ tests came from, and what happened to one little boy who got caught in the crossfire.


This episode was reported and produced by Lee Romney, Rachael Cusick and Pat Walters.


Music by Alex Overington. Fact-checking by Diane Kelly.


Special thanks to Elie Mistal, Chenjerai Kumanyika, Amanda Stern, Nora Lyons, Ki Sung, Public Advocates, Michelle Wilson, Peter Fernandez, John Schaefer. Lee Romney’s reporting was supported in part by USC’s Center for Health Journalism.


Radiolab’s “G” is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.


Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate.

Comments (21)

Justin Thomason

wow. Your misrepresentation of jorden peterson is sickening... I thought this show was open minded. I guess i should have realized its a production out of overly liberal new york. Shame on you "Journalists."

Nov 7th
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David Smith

can u tell what comments indicate the person's mind is functioning at a low level..reminds me of a herd of sheep..sticking close to their peers way of thinking

Aug 15th
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Nervino Karas

Radiolab is racist and condescending. Like liberals in general.

Jul 9th
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Joseph Smith

you probably shouldn't be friends with people who listen to jordan peterson

Jun 19th
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Anna Radowiecka

Jesus christ can you guys chill out on the sound effects. Awful.

Jun 13th
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Roy Sorensen

I'd bet that mostly white men listen to this podcast as well...

Jun 12th
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Betty Backwood

He’s not a man person he’s just intelligent

Jun 12th
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Kevin balmer

Seems like his "other friend" is a bit of a dick by their reaction to Jordan Peterson.. Symptomatic of the issue of identity politics today. Big scarey dangerous ideas..

Jun 9th
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Dan

... so the takeaway on Jordan Peterson is that he's a Nazi and wants to force people to get married. OK then. What happened to radiolab? Used to be such an interesting show, just seems like political hackery lately.

Jun 8th
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Leila Khadivi

thanks

Jun 8th
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G: The Miseducation of Larry P

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