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The U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage today. We look at the long legal and social evolution that led up to the ruling. Then, at NBA draft picks last night the Lakers surprised some by scooping up D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State. What do fans think? In our Friday film segment, Ted 2, Big Game and more. And we talk to the director of a new documentary about Nina Simone.

Banner Image Credit: Russell Mondy

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

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage 11 MIN, 13 SEC

Same-sex marriage is officially the law of the land. Today’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court comes after decades of legal battles over same-sex unions. It also follows a huge and accelerated shift in public opinion. Most Americans now approve of gay marriage, according to polls. That wasn’t the case just five years ago. We talk to a reporter who’s tracked the long legal and social evolution that led to today’s ruling.

Guests:
Jo Becker, New York Times (@jo_becker)

Sports Roundup: NBA Draft and More 9 MIN, 53 SEC

Welcome to Los Angeles, D’Angelo Russell. Last night, the Lakers surprised some and drafted a point guard out of Ohio State with their coveted second pick. Fans are cautiously optimistic - cautiously because the Lakers are coming off the worst season in franchise history. Some have blamed part-owner, and man who never isn’t wearing a hat, Jim Buss. We get the lowdown on the draft and other sports news with the Sklar brothers.

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

Friday Film: A Talking Teddy Bear, Family Fun and More 10 MIN, 45 SEC

This weekend brings plenty of new summer movies. Samuel L. Jackson is the president in Big Game. A dog with PTSD teaches a family to love again in Max. Ted 2 brings back that foul mouthed talking teddy bear. All that and more in our Friday film segment.

Guests:
William Bibbiani, Crave Online (@williambibbiani)
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)

'What Happened, Miss Simone?' 14 MIN, 10 SEC

Nina Simone’s voice is instantly identifiable, but her life story is less well known. She was a classically trained pianist in the south, a prodigy in fact, who became a hugely popular jazz performer. She was a civil rights activist and an iconoclast, who lived both a charmed and tortured life. Nina Simone died in 2003. Now, a new documentary tells the story of her life and music with new archival footage and interviews with her only child, Lisa Simone Kelly. Madeleine Brand spoke with Liz Garbus, the director of the new film.

Guests:
Liz Garbus, documentary filmmaker (@lizgarbus)

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