The shootings in Orlando have put the Second Amendment in the spotlight again. Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky explains its history, how it has been interpreted by the courts, and where things stand now. There have already been five mass shootings since Sunday. We take a closer look at the vast majority of gun violence we don’t normally hear about. In our weekly web roundup, Xeni Jardin talks about the use of social media by the Orlando killer. Then, author Mary Roach talks about her new book “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.” And, finally, the story of how the Beach Boys ended up at the zoo for a photo shoot that became the cover of the classic “Pet Sounds” album.
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The shootings in Orlando have, once again, put the Second Amendment front and center of the public debate. Madeleine talks with constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky about the history of the amendment, how it has been interpreted by the courts, and where things stand now.
Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law
There have been at least 180 shootings since the Orlando massacre on Sunday. Five of those shootings were considered mass shootings, when at least four people were shot in a single incident. One of those mass shootings was right here in California on Tuesday. A gunman opened fire on a vigil for two drowning victims. A 17-year-old girl was killed in that shooting. Three other people were injured. As we take a closer look at gun violence and how to prevent it, we ask about the killings that don't captivate the entire nation.
Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University
The killer in Orlando posted on Facebook during his attack. Two days later, a jihadist killer in Paris live-streamed his lethal attack on a police commander and his family. Also, the DNC is hacked and an important net neutrality development in our weekly web roundup.
In a book about military science, you may be surprised to find passages like, “I’m interested in diarrhea as a threat to national security.” Or “On top of its other charms, the maggot breathes through its ass.” Or “If you don’t have a pair of cadaver shoes, you’re not doing enough research.” You’d be surprised, until you realized that this book on military science is also a Mary Roach book, the science writer behind books such as “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” and “Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers.” Her new book is called “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.”
Fifty years ago, the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds, a collection of groundbreaking songs that redefined pop music for an entire generation. In the decades since, critics and fans have analyzed every single aspect of the album’s thirteen songs. But the album’s genius was hardly represented by its cover. It’s just a hokey, semi-staged-looking snapshot of the band standing in a petting zoo, feeding goats. How is it that one of the greatest pop albums of all time also has one of the dumbest covers? Journalist Peter Gilstrap spoke with members of the Beach Boys about their remembrances of the photo shoot.
Photo Credit: Capitol Photo Archives
Peter Gilstrap, writer and radio producer
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