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Today, we begin with a look at how police shootings of unarmed citizens over the past two years has created a whole wave of activists that use social media to galvanize protesters. Then, painter James McNeill Whistler’s famous 1871 portrait of his mother is currently on display at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, on loan from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we get a primer on the painting’s history. And finally, two food outlets are moving in opposite directions: McDonald’s is planning to serve kale bowls, while Whole Foods plans to open a chain of less expensive stores. What’s driving these grabs for new customers?

Banner Image:"Whistlers Mother high res" by James Abbott McNeill Whistler - Musée d'Orsay. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Social Media Activism 14 MIN, 40 SEC

Once again, the police shooting of an unarmed man is making news -- this time, in Los Angeles. The LAPD has scheduled a community meeting in Venice tonight to answer questions about the shooting of Brandon Glenn, a homeless man in Venice. Glenn was black, and so is the officer who allegedly shot him. But in the past year, thousands of activists around the country have taken to the streets to protest police shootings of unarmed African-American men. One of the remarkable aspects of the protests is how they’ve spread through social media.

Guests:
Jay Caspian Kang, New York Times Magazine (@jaycaspiankang)

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Whistler’s Mother 13 MIN, 38 SEC

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. When you think of your mom, what image comes to mind? Or how about this: If you think of the idea of motherhood, what image comes to mind? For many Americans, it’s a pretty stark image. A painting known as Whistler’s Mother. You know it. It’s a 19th century woman wearing black, sitting in profile. She’s looking straight ahead, not smiling. It’s one of the world’s most famous paintings of a mother. You can see it on the “Press Play” Facebook page today. But you can see the real thing at Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum. Madeleine went to the museum this week and brings us a primer on Whistler’s famous painting, which is on loan to the Pasadena museum from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.



Guests:
Emily Beeny, Assistant curator for Impressionist and Modern art at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (@nortonsimon)

Where McDonald’s and Whole Foods Meet 7 MIN, 46 SEC

McDonald's has a new CEO, with a plan to turn the brand around. The fast food chain has unveiled a revamped menu featuring kale bowls and a new, hipster-fied Hamburgler character. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is going the opposite way. The high-end grocer plans to open a whole new chain of stores with lower prices. Could it be the end of “Whole Paycheck?”

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

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