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Video has surfaced of a South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed African American man eight times in the back as the man tried to run away. But with similar cases across the country, the details of police shootings are usually kept much less public. Next, how can pricing changes impact our water use during a drought? And how much of a solution could desalination be? Jon Ronson talks about his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. In it, he looks at what happens to people at the center of social media scandals, long after the news cycle and the public rage have dissipated. And finally, the happening food scene in Palm Springs.

Banner Image: North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (R) is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015. Slager was charged with murder on April 7 after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of Scott who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Slager, 33, with the murder of Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation. REUTERS/HANDOUT via Reuters

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Secrecy and Police Shootings 9 MIN, 12 SEC

In South Carolina, a police officer in the city of North Charleston shot an unarmed African American man eight times in the back on Saturday. This occurred after a routine traffic stop. Video of the shooting surfaced yesterday and now the police officer has been charged with murder. The footage, captured by a bystander, changed everything; initially the officer said he had acted in self defense. This ability to see exactly how a police shooting went down is rare. Even when there are full investigations, details of these events are often not made public. That’s certainly the case here in Pasadena, where people continue to call for transparency from the Pasadena Police Department in the shooting death of unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade three years ago. The police have refused to hand over the full internal report of the incident.

Guests:
Jody Armour, USC (@NiggaTheory)

Water Pricing and Innovation 9 MIN, 31 SEC

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a long-term sustainability plan today that includes an ambitious goal: LA will get half of its water from local sources by 2035. Right now, most of the city’s water comes from other sources, often outside the state. This comes in the midst of dire drought news. In February, Californians cut back on their water use by only 3 percent compared to the same month two years ago. So now there are mandatory orders to cut back by 25 percent statewide. Some communities that use a lot of water already, like Beverly Hills, will have to cut back even more to reach their targets or be fined. A lot. Ten thousand dollars a day for water districts that don’t comply.

Guests:
Richard T. Carson, Professor of Economics at UC San Diego

Overcoming the Drought with Desal 8 MIN, 18 SEC

As the drought continues, desalination is making a comeback in our state. At least 16 areas on the California coast are either building or considering desalination plants. A big new plant in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, will be coming online this fall. The plant cost a billion dollars to build and will provide some 50 million gallons of water a day, or about 7 percent of the water used by the residents of San Diego County. Decades ago, Santa Barbara built a desal plant that opened in 1992 only to mothball it six weeks later, because rain returned to the area. Now the city is planning to bring the plant back online. Is desal the solution to California’s drought?

Guests:
Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute (@PacificInstitut)

Public Shaming Online 14 MIN, 21 SEC

Have you ever thoughtlessly tweeted or Facebooked something … and then thought later, ugh, I shouldn’t have done that? Most of us have. And usually it’s no big deal. But sometimes, one misguided tweet or status update can be a very big deal. It can cost jobs, relationships, and reputations. That was certainly the case for PR executive Justine Sacco. She was fired after tweeting an insensitive AIDS joke that went viral, and then had such a hard time finding another job, she left the country. She’s just one of the people Jon Ronson wrote about in his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. In it, he looks at what happens to the people at the center of these kinds of scandals, long after the news cycle and the public rage have moved on.

Guests:
Jon Ronson, journalist and documentary filmmaker (@jonronson)

Palm Springs Food Scene 5 MIN, 40 SEC

Tens of thousands of people will creep down the 10 this weekend toward Indio. It’s the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival. And beyond the culturally-appropriated bindis, the flowing skirts and freshly coiffed man buns, there’s something else that’s become Coachella fashionable: Palm Springs. Especially the Palm Springs food scene.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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