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We start today with a look at the politics of the confederate flag. Why are politicians dodging questions about whether it should be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol? Then, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions today on cases involving police searches at L.A. hotels and California raisin farmers. We get a roundup. Then, what happens when judges change their minds on rulings they’ve made? Next, Taylor Swift took on Apple and its new streaming service over the weekend in an open letter -- and won. What was the fight about and what does it mean for the music business? And finally, in our weekly TV roundup we discuss the highly anticipated second season debut of HBO’s True Detective.

Banner Image: A Confederate flag flies in front of the capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina; Credit: eyeliam

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

The Politics of the Confederate Flag 8 MIN, 43 SEC

The killing of nine African-Americans at the Emanuel AME Church last week has launched another discussion about race and racism in America. It also initiated another round of questions about the symbolism of the confederate flag. Republican presidential contenders were asked over the weekend if the flag should be removed from its place on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol, and they mostly dodged the question. Why is talking about the confederate flag so politically sticky?

Guests:
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal (@HotlineJosh)

SCOTUS Rules on L.A. Hotels, California Raisin Farmers and More 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Los Angeles police are not allowed to randomly search guest registries at the city’s hotels and motels. That’s one of the decisions that came out today from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices also handed down rulings involving California raisin farmers and Marvel. We’re still waiting for their decisions on the big cases of this session, including gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@davidgsavage)

What Happens When Judges Change Their Minds? 9 MIN, 52 SEC

Now that raisins and Spider-Man are out of the way, the Supreme Court can focus on some of the bigger cases to ever grace the docket. From gay marriage to the death penalty to healthcare, the justices are seeking to answer some of the biggest questions of our time. But what if they get it wrong? What happens if years later, they find that they erred in their judgment? Madeleine speaks with Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine, who wrote this week about what happens when judges change their minds.

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, New York Times magazine (@EmilyBazelon)

Taylor Swift vs. Apple 6 MIN, 26 SEC

It was Taylor Swift versus Apple this weekend, and it looks like Taylor Swift won. Apple was planning to roll out its new music streaming service on June 30th with a three-month free trial. And It wasn’t planning to pay artists or labels during that time. That is, until Taylor Swift let her displeasure be known on her Tumblr page, saying it’s not right to give music away without paying artists. Twenty-four hours later, Apple relented. What does the episode tell us about the music business and the power of Taylor Swift?

Guests:
Joan Solsman, CNET (@joan_e)

TV Roundup: 'True Detective' and More 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Summer calls for the open road, national park camping trips or relaxing on the beach with a good book. Right? Nah - why bother when you have new TV to watch? This week in our weekly television roundup, we look at what’s happening on the small screen this first week of summer. The lineup includes the highly anticipated second season of True Detective on HBO.

Guests:
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

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