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In just 48 hours, videos of two more black men fatally shot by cops have gone viral. Alton Sterling was shot multiple times by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday night. Philando Castile was shot by police Wednesday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Where do we go from here? How does the Black Lives Matter movement move forward?

Then, social media is a breeding ground for xenophobia, sexism, racism and all sorts of other unpleasantness, but Xeni Jardin was recently reminded that there are times when it can spread a more positive message.

Next, romance novels don’t show up that often on the bestseller lists and they don’t win big book awards, but tales of love and lust are hugely popular. A new documentary titled “Love Between The Covers” takes a loving look at the world of romance novels.

And finally, Wimbledon, free-agency craziness in the NBA, and other sports news with the Sklar Brothers.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dubinsky, Reuters

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

Do Black Lives Matter? Two Police Shootings of Black Men Go Viral 13 MIN, 23 SEC

It seems like there has been a never ending stream of reports of black people killed by police over the last few years. In just 48 hours, videos of two more black men fatally shot by cops have gone viral. First, Alton Sterling was shot multiple times by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday night. Two videos of that shooting were posted online. Then, Philando Castile was shot by police Wednesday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed on Facebook the moments after he was shot. Where do we go from here? How does the Black Lives Matter movement move forward?

Guests:
Roxane Gay, author, 'Bad Feminist' (@rgay)
Melina Abdullah, Cal State LA (@DocMellyMel)

More:
Roxane Gay on "Alton Sterling and When Black Lives Stop Mattering"

How an American’s Tweet About ISIS Went Viral 9 MIN, 49 SEC

Social media is a breeding ground for xenophobia, sexism, racism and all sorts of other unpleasantness, but there are times when it can spread a more positive message. Xeni Jardin has seen both sides of the digital coin, but she was reminded of the positive when her tweet condemning ISIS went viral. It was retweeted more than 50,000 times by Muslims all over the world. We’ll hear from one man in New Delhi named Amaan Ullah Turkei who tweeted in response, “Thank you @xeni for being our voice in the time of sadness. We all belong to a big Human family. ♥ ♥”

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

‘Love Between The Covers’: A Loving Look at Romance Novels 14 MIN, 15 SEC

Romance novels don’t show up that often on the bestseller lists, and they don’t win big book awards. But tales of love and lust are hugely popular. One estimate is that they’re a fifth of all adult-fiction sales. That’s more than a billion dollars of books sold every year. That’s largely because romance readers are voracious: almost half of them read at least one book per week. They’re a diverse group of people from around the world who share one thing in a common – a desire for “happily ever after.” And they get what they’re looking for, whether they’re reading a historical bodice-ripper or a story of paranormal love. A new documentary titled “Love Between The Covers” takes a loving look at the world of romance novels.

Guests:
Laurie Kahn, Director

Sports: Wimbledon, the Olympics, and Free-Agency Craziness in the NBA 9 MIN, 56 SEC

There’s a lot to talk about in sports news, with the Wimbledon Finals ahead, the Summer Olympics in Brazil just one month away, some big free agency moves causing a stir in the NBA. The Sklar Brothers join Press Play to talk about that and more.

Guests:
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

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