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After the death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, we take a look at the role race plays in officer shootings and what police departments are doing about it. We also hear about new research that can help doctors identify signs of schizophrenia much earlier in life. And we meet the photographer behind the famous “monkey selfie”; the photographer says he owns the rights to the photo, while others claim it’s free to use, since the monkey snapped it.

Banner Image: Demonstrators Aaron Little (R), Gianni Cook (C) and Troy Jones hold signs while protesting against the death of black teenager Michael Brown, Photo by: Mario Anzuoni

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

Race and Police Shootings 10 MIN, 16 SEC

In Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrations and clashes continue after the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man. While details of the shooting continue to trickle out, we look at some of the big questions around the situation. How big of a role does race play in police shootings? What are police departments doing about it?

Guests:
Katheryn Russell-Brown, professor of law and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at University of Florida’s law school

If They Gunned Me Down 7 MIN, 11 SEC

One of the first images we saw of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot in Ferguson, shows him as an intimidating figure. Shot from below, it shows Brown making a symbol with his fingers that some claim was a “gang sign.” Others say it’s a peace sign. The controversy has led to a hashtag that asks: If I were shot by cops tomorrow, what photo would the media use? We talk about that and other stories developing online with the hosts of the TLDR podcast.

Guests:
PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

Monkey Selfie 8 MIN, 28 SEC

A monkey recently took a selfie that would make the Kardashians envious. Showcasing the primate’s bright orange eyes and wide smile, the image went viral. Now, it’s being used by Wikipedia -- without permission. The website argues that since the monkey took the shot, the photographer whose camera the monkey used is not owed anything. We talk to the photographer, who is fighting back with a lawsuit.

This crested macaque took its own photo using a cable release in Indonesia. The owner of the camera, wildlife photographer David Slater, insists his copyrights should be respected.

Guests:
David Slater, Professional wildlife photographer

Early Alerts for Schizophrenia 11 MIN, 24 SEC

When people are diagnosed with schizophrenia, it’s usually after they experience a psychotic break. But the disease starts before that -- maybe long before. Now, there’s a promising new treatment that seeks to prevent a psychotic symptoms like hearing voices and delusional thinking, by identifying young people at risk of developing the disease and treating them preventatively.

Guests:
Carrie Bearden, Researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA. She works with teenagers and young adults with early signs of schizophrenia

Hearing Voices in Different Cultures 9 MIN, 31 SEC

People suffering from schizophrenia sometimes hear voices. We often assume those voices are malevolent, saying frightening things or even telling people to do bad things. But that’s not necessarily true. A new study suggests that how schizophrenics interact with their voices may reflect where they come from and how they see the world. We talk to one of the study’s lead researchers.

Guests:
Tanya Luhrmann, anthropologist at Stanford (@tanyaluhrmann)

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