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One year ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The subsequent protests in Ferguson gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement on social media. In recent weeks, there have been protests and interruptions at political events - protesters chastising presidential candidates for not addressing the issue of racial injustice and institutional reform. Then, today marks the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, six days of looting and burning in L.A. It was just after 7 p.m. when a California Highway Patrol car pulled over 21-year-old Marquette Frye, a young black man suspected of drunk driving, sparking the unrest. And, three million gallons of toxic water burst from an old gold mine in Colorado last week. The plume of fluorescent sludge turned the Animas River a shocking yellow as it headed downstream towards Lake Powell, the Colorado River, and California. In Los Angeles, news that Frank Gehry is helping to re-imagine the river and draft a master plan for its makeover has divided advocates and planners. The architect is known for his showcase buildings, but not so much for his take on infrastructure and public spaces. Finally, the song “Walking on Sunshine” has been used or covered in so many TV commercials, shows and movies, that it earns about a million dollars a year. 

Banner Image: Police arrest a man during the Watts riots

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

Black Lives Matter Disrupting Political Protests 12 MIN, 9 SEC

When 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement spread on social media. In recent weeks, there have been protests and interruptions at political events with protesters chastising presidential candidates for not addressing the issue of racial injustice and institutional reform. And the candidates have struggled with how to respond.Charles McKinney

Guests:
Charles McKinney, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College.

Watts Riots: The Inciting Incident 8 MIN, 23 SEC

We’re looking back at the 1965 Watts Riots all week. Fifty years ago today was the traffic stop that started six days of looting and burning in L.A. It was just after 7 p.m. when a California Highway Patrol car pulled over 21-year-old Marquette Frye, a young black man suspected of drunk driving. People from the neighborhood, who had been sitting out on their porches to keep out of the heat, headed toward the scene. We take a look back.

Toxic River Spill in Colorado 7 MIN, 44 SEC

Three million gallons of toxic water burst from an old gold mine in Colorado last week. The plume of fluorescent sludge turned the Animas River a shocking yellow as it headed downstream towards Lake Powell, the Colorado River, and California.

Guests:
Jonathan Thompson, Senior editor at High Country News. (@jonnypeace)

What is Frank Gehry’s Plan for the L.A. River? 8 MIN, 26 SEC

The Los Angeles River is getting a makeover, and starchitect Frank Gehry is taking the lead. News broke on Friday that city officials had tapped Gehry to help re-imagine the river and draft a master plan for its makeover. The architect is known for his showcase buildings, but not so much for his take on infrastructure and public spaces.

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

'Walking on Sunshine' Sells for $15 Million 8 MIN, 12 SEC

The song 'Walking on Sunshine' has been used or covered in so many TV commercials, shows and movies, that it earns about a million dollars a year. It was released by the British group Katrina and The Waves in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the record label BMG has paid nearly $15 million for the rights to every song written by the band.

Guests:
Chris Molanphy, music critic (@cmolanphy)

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