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Walmart stores around the country have become magnets for crime – from fights, stabbings, and kidnappings to an entire meth lab under a Walmart parking lot in Amherst, New York. Local police departments are feeling the strain, and they’re putting the blame on Walmart executives.

Then, in web news, security experts say the NSA has been hacked, Univision will buy Gawker only to shut down the snarky gossip website next week, and NPR has announced that soon listeners won’t be able to comment on their website.

Next, two girlfriends, one in LA and the other in San Francisco, maintain their friendship by chatting every week. It’s a podcast called “Call Your Girlfriend”, and listeners are like flies on the wall, eavesdropping on a conversation between long-distance besties. Now the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast is bringing its realtalk to live audiences.

Then, a new book titled “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst” follows Hearst’s SLA odyssey and tries to answer one big question: Was Patty Hearst a brainwashed captive or a true believer?

And finally, on May 17, 1974, police got word that the SLA were hiding out in a house in Compton. LAPD sieged the house in what became the first police shootout captured on live television. KCRW’s Warren Olney was working at the station that broadcast the shootout live and he recalls the day that changed modern media.

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart 

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

Rampant crime at Walmart has local police fed up. Who’s to blame? 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Walmart stores around the country have become magnets for crime. From Oklahoma to Indiana to Texas, the discount retailer is plagued by more than shoplifting. There have also been fights, stabbings, and kidnappings. An entire meth lab was discovered under a Walmart parking lot in Amherst, New York. Now local police departments are feeling the strain, and they’re putting the blame on Walmart executives.

Guests:
Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg News (@spettypi)

The NSA and NPR in web news this week 8 MIN, 58 SEC

The hack of the DNC made headlines recently, and now security experts say the NSA has been hacked. In other web news, Univision will buy Gawker and will shut down the snarky gossip website next week. And NPR has announced that soon listeners won’t be able to comment on their website.

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

‘Call Your Girlfriend’ podcast brings realtalk to live audiences 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Two girlfriends, one in LA and the other in San Francisco, maintain their friendship by chatting every week. It’s a podcast called “Call Your Girlfriend”, and listeners are like flies on the wall, eavesdropping on a conversation between long-distance besties. It’s a no-frills production – the two record in their closets – and since its inception about two years ago, it’s become so popular, the besties have left their closets and taken their show on the road. The two girlfriends of “Call Your Girlfriend” are Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and they’ll be live in LA Thursday night.

Guests:
Aminatou Sow, Tech LadyMafia (@aminatou)
Ann Friedman, 'Call Your Girlfriend' podcast (@annfriedman)

Was Patty Hearst a brainwashed captive or a true believer? 16 MIN, 26 SEC

Forty years ago, the country was riveted by the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst. She was 19 years old, a student at UC Berkeley, and the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who inspired the movie “Citizen Kane.” In 1974, Patricia’s life took its own cinematic turn, but it was a lot weirder than any Hollywood classic. Patricia – or Patty as she was known – was abducted from her Berkeley apartment by a ragtag group of radicals who called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. Only weeks later, Patty Hearst said she’d joined the SLA and her new name was Tania. For more than a year, she participated in crimes with her kidnappers, including bank robberies. A new book titled “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst” follows her SLA odyssey and tries to answer one big question: Was Patty Hearst a brainwashed captive or a true believer?

Guests:
Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker magazine (@JeffreyToobin)

Warren Olney recalls the 1974 Symbionese Liberation Army shootout 5 MIN, 30 SEC

On May 17, 1974, police got word that the Symbionese Liberation Army were hiding out in a house in Compton. Five hundred LAPD officers sieged the house, firing an estimated 1,200 rounds of ammunition on the house, and killing six SLA members. The incident was the first police shootout captured on live television. It was broadcast live by one station, KNXT – now known as KCBS – and KCRW’s Warren Olney was working at that station and recalls the day that changed modern media.

Guests:
Warren Olney, Host, 'To the Point' and 'Olney in L.A.' (@warrenolney)

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