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Given what’s happening across the country, many of us in Los Angeles can’t help but think back to times like the Watts riots of 1965, the Rodney King riots of 1992 and the OJ Simpson trial of 1994. Today, a brief history of the LAPD’s relations with the city’s black communities.

KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd shares some of the tracks he played after last week’s violence.

Next, if you see roving groups of people walking very slowly with their eyes glued to their cell phones, it could be Pokemon GO.

Feminist author Jessica Valenti’s teenage years were filled with men pushing themselves up against her in crowded subway cars, flashing her, or making suggestive comments. As an adult and feminist writer and blogger, the abuse continues in ugly online comments. Valenti discusses her experiences and her new book, “Sex Object: A Memoir.”

Finally, in our weekly TV segment, we look at the new season of “Mr. Robot” and two new shows: HBO’s “The Night of” and Netflix’ “Stranger Things.”

Photo credit: courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

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

History of the LAPD and Black Communities 8 MIN, 18 SEC

Last week began with the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota at the hands of cops. It ended with the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas at a protest over the Sterling and Castile killings. Given what’s happening across the country, many Angelenos can’t help but think back to times like the Watts riots of 1965, the Rodney King riots of 1992 and the OJ Simpson trial of 1994. How far have we come since those times? And how has policing here in LA changed?

Guests:
Carl E. Douglas, Civil Rights Lawyer (@CEDEsq)

Aaron Byrd’s Music for Troubled Times 9 MIN, 13 SEC

After the deadly shootings last week of black men by police and police officers in Houston, KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd headed to the station for his weekly show. Shortly after he went on the air he posted on Facebook “Curtis, Gil, Dead Prez, James Baldwin & Malcolm speeches...yeah it's gonna be that kind of show...yet again.” He shares some tracks from that night, and his thoughts about the choices he made.

Guests:
Aaron Byrd, KCRW DJ (@itsabyrd)

Pokemon Go 6 MIN, 25 SEC

If you see roving groups of people walking very slowly with their eyes glued to their cell phones this week, well, that’s not new. But the sheer number of them has increased because of a new cell phone game called Pokemon Go. It’s an augmented reality app. You hold up your phone with the game on and little Pokemon characters appear in the street view on your phone. For instance, let’s say you’re dropping your kid off at school and are playing the game. You could see a Charizard lurking in the bushes on your screen view of the schoolyard. And if you spot it on your phone, you can go over to those bushes to get close to its geolocation and capture it. The goal is to collect as many of the creatures as possible.

Guests:
Max Read, Editor (@max_read)

Jessica Valenti: “Sex Object: A Memoir” 13 MIN, 50 SEC

When Jessica Valenti was 12, a man masturbated in front of her on a New York subway station platform. As she tells in her new memoir, it was just the first of many similar episodes...Growing up in New York, her teens were filled with men pushing themselves up against her in crowded subway cars, flashing her, or making suggestive comments. As a young adult, Valenti started writing about women’s issues and launched the website Feministing. These days she writes a column on gender and politics for the Guardian, U.S...And as a well-known feminist writer and blogger, she continues to attract the attention of men, often in online comments too ugly and offensive to be repeated on the radio. In “Sex Object: A Memoir,” Valenti connects the dots between her childhood experiences and her adult self.

Guests:
Jessica Valenti, Writer, Columnist (@JessicaValenti)

Sex Object

Jessica Valenti

TV: “Mr. Robot” 7 MIN, 19 SEC

The new season of “Mr. Robot” is set to premiere Wednesday. But during a live Facebook Q&A with cast members Sunday night, a masked figure appeared on screen and then this season’s first episode began to play. The “leaked” episode then started popping up on other social media platforms. It seemed “Mr. Robot” had been hacked. Yeah right. Of course it was a marketing stunt for the USA series about a vigilante computer hacker. Also, the new HBO show “The Night Of,” which was supposed to star James Gandolfini; and Netflix’ “Stranger Things,” starring Winona Ryder.

Guests:
Alan Sepinwall, HitFlix (@sepinwall)

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