We start with a look at tensions over homelessness in Venice, three days after an unarmed transient was shot by police there. Then, the story of a man whose generosity became pathological gives a window into the science of giving. And finally, in our Friday film roundup, it’s all about the summer blockbusters.
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Last night in Venice, community members gathered at a town hall meeting to discuss the death of Brendan Glenn, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by police near the boardwalk Tuesday night. He was 29 years old, homeless and unarmed. His killing has angered a lot of people in Venice and has capped rising tensions in the neighborhood as property values skyrocket and the homeless population increases. New numbers on the homeless population come out Monday. In the meantime, what’s the situation like in the neighborhood?
KCRW is holding its pledge drive this week. And it turns out, there’s a whole world of brain chemistry and brain science behind that fuzzy feeling you get when you donate. We look at a case study: A man in Brazil used to be a thrifty H.R. executive who loved to save as much as he could. But one day, he woke up with the insatiable urge to give. His overnight generosity ended up being so extreme, it cost him all the comforts of his life, yet he was happier than he’d ever been. What caused all this? A stroke. We look at the neurology of generosity.
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