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Whistler's Mother and the Place Where McDonald’s and Whole Foods Meet

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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