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In the past week there have been two more high-profile shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite anger and protests over both killings, there are differences in how the two cities have reacted. What lessons can cities learn from how officials have handled the shootings and the impact that’s had on public reaction?

Then, the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2016 ‘Genius’ grant recipients Thursday, and half of the 23 honorees come from California. Press Play spoke with two of them.

Also, Mark Zuckerberg thinks we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century, and he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Wednesday that they’ll give $3 billion over the next decade toward the effort. What happens when billionaires’ private foundations get into the “business” of eradicating disease?

Next, President George W. Bush signed the National Museum of African American History and Culture Act in 2003, establishing that there would be a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. The museum will finally open in DC on Sept. 24th.

And finally, the Calif. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case of a business that wants to force Yelp to take down a negative review.

Photo courtesy of Nick Oxford. 

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

Lessons from the responses to police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte 8 MIN, 19 SEC

In the past week there have been two more high-profile shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite anger and protests over both killings, there are differences in how the two cities have reacted. In Tulsa, police immediately released a video of the incident, which shows a white officer shooting 40-year-old Terence Crutcher while his hands are up. In Charlotte, officials have not yet released body camera footage showing the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. What lessons can cities learn from how officials have handled the shootings and the impact that’s had on public reaction?

Guests:
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@KhalilGMuhammad)

Reactions from 2 MacArthur ‘Geniuses’ 7 MIN, 22 SEC

The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2016 ‘Genius’ grant recipients Thursday. Half of the 23 honorees come from California. Press Play spoke with two of them: Josh Kun, a writer and historian who studies the intersections of music and culture, particularly in Los Angeles, and Victoria Orphan, who researches micro-organisms that eat methane in the deep sea.

Guests:
Josh Kun, Writer, Historian (@dkun)
Victoria Orphan, Researcher

Billionaire philanthropists in the business of curing diseases 6 MIN, 48 SEC

Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg thinks we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century. And he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Wednesday that they’ll give $3 billion over the next decade toward the effort. Another billionaire, Bill Gates, was there for that announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $10 billion to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Earlier this year, fellow Facebook co-founder Sean Parker announced he’d give $250 million to find a cure for cancer. So what happens when billionaires’ private foundations get into the “business” of eradicating disease?

Guests:
Amy Costello, Reporter (@tinyspark_org)

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National Museum of African American History & Culture opens in DC 16 MIN, 18 SEC

President George W. Bush signed the National Museum of African American History and Culture Act in 2003, establishing that there would be a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. However, two years later when the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, was hired, there was, as he said, “no collection, no money, no staff, no site” for the museum. Bunch famously launched an Antiques Road Show-style program called Saving African American Treasures. His curators traveled across the country looking for artifacts people had held onto: old photos, clothing, clippings, books. The search resulted in some 40,000 objects, many of them donated. About 3,500 of those, including two dolls donated in memory of psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, will be on display, when the new National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opens in Washington DC on September 24th.

Guests:
Vinson Cunningham, Writer (@vcunningham)
Jacqueline Woodson, writer of books for children and adolescents (@JackieWoodson)

Will a business be able to force Yelp to remove a review? 7 MIN, 32 SEC

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a case of a business that wants to force Yelp to take down a negative review. In another legal case that has impacts online lives, evidence the FBI gathered against a child porn site has been thrown out of court. And Google’s “Allo” uses A.I. and a Sony computer composes a song.

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

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