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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police can seize evidence during unconstitutional traffic stops if suspects have outstanding arrest warrants. We look at the impacts of the case and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s blistering dissent. Next, why do conspiracy theories emerge in the wake of mass shootings like Orlando? Then, a debate on the trend of at-home medical tests. Turning to entertainment, Maria Bamford talks about her new Netflix show, “Lady Dynamite.” And finally, the Sklar Brothers on this week in sports.

Photo: Kjetil Ree

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

Supreme Court Divided in Police Seizure Decision 8 MIN, 18 SEC

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can seize evidence during unconstitutional traffic stops in some cases. If suspects have outstanding arrest warrants, the court says, cops can search their cars, even if they stopped them for no reason. The 5-3 decision revealed a sharp divide between the conservative and liberal justices. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a blistering dissent saying her colleagues in the majority weakened the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches, which would cause more discrimination against minorities.

How might the decision affect everyday citizens?

Guests:
Lisa McElroy, Drexel University (@ProfLisaMcElroy)

Conspiracy Theories In the Wake of Tragedies 7 MIN, 6 SEC

Conspiracy theories have been bouncing around in the wake of the shootings in Orlando: There was more than one shooter. There’s video of the attack and the FBI won’t release it. President Obama was in on it. Or the most unkind and absurd, that the massacre was faked. Similar claims were made after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook in 2012 and Isla Vista two years later. Where do these conspiracy theories come from, and why do people buy into them after mass shootings?

Guests:
Jesse Walker, Reason magazine

Is Personalized Medicine Safe? 10 MIN, 42 SEC

Silicon Valley startups are marketing blood tests they say empower consumers. Some companies say their tests can detect everything from high cholesterol levels to serious diseases. But many medical professionals are concerned about the accuracy of these tests. We discuss the proliferation and safety of direct-to-consumer medical testing.


Guests:
Pieter Cohen, Harvard Medical School
Gil Blander, InsiderTracker

Maria Bamford: 'Lady Dynamite' 14 MIN, 27 SEC

Maria Bamford has been described as a comic's comic, well-known in the comedy world but underappreciated by the broader American audience. But with her new show on Netflix, "Lady Dynamite," Bamford is going mainstream. In the show, Maria plays a fictionalized version of herself in the surreal worlds of Hollywood, her Eagle Rock neighborhood and her hometown of Duluth Minnesota. The show explores her career, relationships, and how she lives with bipolar disorder, among other psychological issues.

Guests:
Maria Bamford, Comedian, actress and writer (@mariabamfoo)

Sports with Sklars: NBA Finals, US Open and more 8 MIN, 50 SEC

It’s a big week in sports news. Last night, Lebron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory against the favored Golden State Warriors in game 7 of the NBA finals in Oakland. Also yesterday, Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open in golf, while two big international soccer competitions are going on right now. Tomorrow, the men’s U.S. soccer team plays Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world with arguably the greatest player in the world, ç. We round it all up with the sports-comedy duo the Sklar Brothers.

Guests:
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

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