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New pools bring diversity to aquatics

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American swimmer Simone Manuel broke the world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics last week, tying for first place. But her win represented another barrier smashed, as the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. DnA visited the newly-renovated Central Pool in South LA and looks at what it'll take to erase the color barrier to swimming -- which can have deadly consequences. We talked to the pool's architect Michael Lehrer, some children enjoying the pool, the head of LA's Recreation and Parks Department, and members of the group Diversity in Aquatics.

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Guests:
Jeff Wiltse - University of Montana, Miriam Lynch - Diversity in Aquatics - @teachnmoney, Shaun Anderson - Diversity in Aquatics - @diversityinaqua, Conrad Cooper - Swim to Me, Michael Lehrer - Lehrer Architects LA - @LehrerArchLA, Virgil Chancy - Diversity in Aquatics, Michael Shull - Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks - @lacityparksgm, Patricia Delgado - LA City Department of Recreation and Parks - @LACityParks

More:
The significance of Simone Manuel's swim is clear if you know Jim Crow, Will Simone Manuel inspire more black children to swim?, NPR: Racial history of American swimming pools

Host:
Frances Anderton

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Avishay Artsy