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McKinney, Texas is in the news after a video surfaced of a police officer using force at a teenage pool party, we look at the surprisingly intertwined history of public pools and segregation. Then, Vincent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson in L.A. in the early ‘70s, has died at 80. We hear from someone who worked with him on the case. Next, the author of a new memoir about the strange ways of wives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side talks to Madeleine about the now-infamous “wife bonus” and other observations. And we preview the L.A. Film Festival, happening this week.

Banner Image: The public swimming pool in Pullen Park (Raleigh, North Carolina), which was closed by the city after four black males went swimming with two white companions on August 7, 1962; Credit: Universal Pops

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

A Social History of Swimming Pools 8 MIN, 54 SEC

Another case of white police officers using force on unarmed African-Americans is making news this week. A video of a McKinney, Texas police officer surfaced this weekend. In it, you can see the officer waving a gun at black teenagers and wrestling a teen girl in a bikini to the ground at a pool party. The officer is now on administrative leave. The incident happened at a private, community pool in a housing development. We take a step back and look at how the story of privatizing pools coincides with the story of de-segregation.

Guests:
Jeff Wiltse, University of Montana

Contested Waters

Jeff Wiltse

Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Prosecutor, Dies at 80 5 MIN, 25 SEC

Vincent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson, has died. He was 80 years old. Bugliosi wrote the definitive, bestselling book about the Manson trial, Helter Skelter, in 1974. He went on to write more true crime books, but was best-known as the Manson prosecutor and author of Helter Skelter. We hear from one of his former colleagues.

Guests:
Stephen R. Kay, former LA County deputy district attorney

The Women's World Cup 9 MIN, 4 SEC

In the Women’s World Cup, the U.S. beat Australia last night. Another team to watch, Brazil, squares off against South Korea today. The leader of team Brazil is a player known simply as “Marta.” She’s one of the best soccer players of all time, and yet she barely makes enough money to make soccer a full-time career. Marta’s story illustrates the chasm between men and women’s professional soccer. Why the disparity?

Guests:
Gwendolyn Oxenham, former professional soccer player (@gwenoxenham)

The 'Primates of Park Avenue' 13 MIN, 55 SEC

When we think of anthropologists studying a culture, we picture distant tribes on the pages of National Geographic magazine. But Wednesday Martin has chosen to study the exotic tribe known as the wealthy housewives of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In her new book, Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, she describes the tribe’s social behavior, hierarchy, child rearing techniques, rituals, costumes, and something called the wife bonus.

Guests:
Wednesday Martin, author, 'Primates of Park Avenue' (@WednesdayMartin)

Primates of Park Avenue

Wednesday Martin Ph.D.

The Los Angeles Film Festival 7 MIN, 44 SEC

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off tomorrow with an opening-night gala screening of Grandma. It stars Lily Tomlin as a mature misanthrope trying to help out her 18-year-old granddaughter. The screening will be a star-studded event with a red carpet and all the accompanying mayhem, but that’s just the first of eight days of films, events and parties downtown at L.A. Live. It’s Matt Holzman’s favorite film festival. He’s a Press Play producer and the host of KCRW’s screening series, First Take, and he tells Madeleine about some of the films he’s excited to see this week.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

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