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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to protest racial inequality and police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem Thursday. He’s being called unpatriotic by critics – in a world where competition and patriotism are inextricably linked.

Next, life as a senior in Los Angeles can be lonely, especially if leaving the house is difficult. KCRW Going Gray in LA series tells the story of one woman who found her sense of purpose at the local senior center.

Then, Labor Day is upon us and even though it’s the end of summer movie season, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of movies coming out. Critics give us their picks for the long weekend.

And finally, #olds dissect the strange, complex phone rituals of teens.

Photo courtesy of Eric E. Castro 

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Confronting the myth of a ‘post-racial utopia’ in pro sports 14 MIN, 59 SEC

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to protest racial inequality and police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem Thursday. He was joined by teammate Eric Reid in taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner before their game in San Diego. In Oakland, Seattle Seahawk Jeremy Lane sat down during the anthem as well. These NFL athletes are not the first to protest the state of race relations in America. But they’re being called unpatriotic by critics – in a world where competition and patriotism are inextricably linked. Why do professional sports and patriotism go hand in hand? Can athletes criticize the state of their country without losing support in the arena? And what does the reaction to Kaepernick’s protest among players say about race-relations within the NFL, where nearly 69 percent of players identify as black?

Guests:
Howard Bryant, Writer (@hbryant42)
David Leonard, Professor, Author (@drdavidjleonard)

‘Going Gray’ can be lonely in LA 9 MIN, 32 SEC

Life as a senior in Los Angeles can be lonely, especially if leaving the house is difficult. That’s Patty Balbaneda’s predicament. She’s seventy years old and has struggled off and on with depression and chronic pain. As part of KCRW’s “Going Gray in LA” series from independent producers Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, we’ll hear about how Balbaneda found her sense of purpose at the local senior center.


Patty Balbaneda in her home. Photo: Bear Guerra

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Going Gray in LA

New releases to check out this long weekend 14 MIN, 10 SEC

Labor Day is upon us and even though it’s the end of summer movie season, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of movies coming out. What should you head to the cineplex for this long weekend? Film critics Roth Cornet and Amy Nicholson give Press Play their picks.

Guests:
Roth Cornet, HitFix (@RothCornet)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

#Olds dissecting teen’s strange phone rituals is hilarious 9 MIN, 58 SEC

Sometimes observing teens on their phones feels like watching social rituals in a nature documentary. It’s hard for the #olds to keep up. That makes sense because it turns out teens actually have a complex set of rules and etiquette; and if you don’t follow them, it could ruin your chill.

Guests:
Mary H.K. Choi, Writer (@choitotheworld)

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