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Authorities say that a black woman who died in a Texas jail on Monday hung herself. Sandra Bland was pulled over last week for failing to signal a lane change, and was then arrested after allegedly assaulting the officer who stopped her. Officials say she was found dead in her cell, but after several high-profile cases where African-Americans have died in police custody, the social media world is not so sure. Then, “The Stanford Prison Experiment” opens this weekend. It’s a new movie based on the famous experiment run by psychologist Philip Zimbardo. The experiment was abandoned after only six days, because the situation was out of control, with guards becoming abusive and prisoners getting distraught. Now, some experts in social psychology are challenging the study’s assumptions, and the experiment itself, as invalid science. Then, it’s opposite day at the movies: we get an Apatovian woman-child instead of a man child, and the latest Marvel superhero is super tiny. Finally, a preview of the Tijuana Opera’s street festival, where one of the most rarified forms of music is performed outside, in a rough neighborhood steps from the U.S. border.

Banner Image: Photo from the Stanford Prison Expiriment

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Sandra Bland, David Brooks, and Black Twitter 10 MIN, 50 SEC

Authorities say that a black woman who died in a Texas jail on Monday hung herself. Sandra Bland was pulled over last week for failing to signal a lane change, and was then arrested after allegedly assaulting the officer who stopped her. Officials say she committed suicide in her cell, but after several high-profile cases where African-Americans have died in police custody, the social media world is not so sure.

Guests:
Stacia L. Brown, Freelance writer for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and more. She is based in Baltimore. (@slb79)

More:
Why Black Twitter Is Bigger Than Any One Story

Stanford Prison Experiment: The Movie 15 MIN, 58 SEC

A new movie about the Stanford Prison Experiment opens tonight, based on the famous experiment run by psychologist Philip Zimbardo. In 1971, Zimbardo set up a mock prison in a basement of the Stanford Psychology Department, and assigned volunteer students to be prisoners or guards. The experiment was supposed to run for two weeks, but was abandoned after only six days, because the situation was out of control, with guards becoming abusive and prisoners getting distraught. Since then, the study’s conclusion has been widely adopted - that people’s actions are influenced more by the situations they’re in than by their personalities. But now some experts in social psychology are challenging that assumption, and the experiment itself, as invalid science.

Guests:
David Funder, Professor of psychology at UC Riverside, and author of the ‘Personality Puzzle,’ an introduction to personality psychology. (@davidfunder)

Film Roundup: Trainwreck, Ant-Man, and Irrational Man 14 MIN, 18 SEC

It’s opposite day at the movies: we get an Apatovian woman-child instead of a man child, and the latest Marvel superhero is super tiny.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

Tijuana Opera 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Street art usually means things like graffiti, break dancing, and murals. But every year, the Tijuana Opera puts on a street festival, performing one of the most rarified forms of music outside, in a rough neighborhood steps from the U.S. border. This year’s event happens Saturday.

Guests:
Sam Quinones, journalist and independent producer (@samquinones7)

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