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Is President Obama sidestepping the issue of racism in how he’s addressing the situation in Ferguson, Missouri? We hear from a critic who says he is. Then, a closer look at one of the measures the president is proposing to improve local law enforcement in the wake of Ferguson: police body cameras. Do they work? Next, Los Angeles is the only major city in the U.S. that doesn’t allow street vendors, but that could be about to change. And we hear from punk legend Viv Albertine of the band The Slits on her new autobiography. Finally, a look at homophobia in women’s college basketball.

Banner Image: Protestors stage a "die-in" as they rally against the Ferguson, Mo. Grand Jury exoneration of police officer Darren Wilson for his August 2014 shooting and killing of Michael Brown while, at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, December 1, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday for $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing. REUTERS/Larry Downing 

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Obama, Ferguson, and Race 9 MIN, 35 SEC

President Obama announced new efforts yesterday to improve community policing, including a task force that will come up with recommendations for building better relationships between local law enforcement and minorities. The actions come in response to the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., and nationwide, over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. But is Obama sidestepping the issue of racism? We hear from one person who argues that he is.


Guests:
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)

Do Police Body Cams Work? 8 MIN, 7 SEC

One thing President Obama is calling for is 50,000 police officers to be outfitted with body cameras that record their every move. Have these cameras been tested, how well do they work, and could they help prevent another Ferguson?

Guests:
Michael D White, Arizona State University

The Future of Food Carts 6 MIN, 40 SEC

Almost every major city in America allows vendors to peddle food, trinkets, or T shirts on the street. Out of the 10 largest cities in the U.S., Los Angeles is the only one that outlaws it. A City Council committee takes up the question of whether to change that law today -- a move that would have a big impact on the estimated 55,000 street vendors operating illegally in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Rudy Espinoza, executive director of the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network, which advocates on behalf of street vendors (@mrdolph)

Punk Rock Girl 14 MIN, 59 SEC

The all-female (or mostly female) British punk band The Slits formed in London in the late 1970s. But the band’s guitarist, Viv Albertine, had already been living at the center of the punk scene: hanging out with Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious before anyone had heard of the Sex Pistols. Her boyfriend was Mick Jones of the Clash. She discusses her life and work, as detailed in her new memoir, “Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys.”



Guests:
Viv Albertine, British guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Her new memoir is “Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys.” (@Viv_Albertine)

More:
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Homophobia in Women’s College Basketball 7 MIN, 23 SEC

The WNBA has a reputation for being gay-friendly and attracting lesbian fans and athletes alike. But the picture couldn’t be more different in many college women's basketball programs, where some say homophobia runs rampant.

Guests:
Michelle Kaufman, covers sports for the Miami Herald (@kaufsports)

More:
Prejudice against gays and lesbians hurts women’s college basketball

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