First up, we hear from the lawyer of the Aguilar family. Twenty three-year-old Noel Aguilar was shot and killed by police in May 2014. What new evidence is brought to light by bystander videos? We also look at police shootings nationwide as the year comes to an end. Then, how do scientific advances really happen? A new study from an MIT professor explains how we move forward when elite scientists die. After that, a modern reworking on Shakespeare sonnets.And last but certainly not least, before we leave you for the holidays, a look at the last days of hair metal band Motley Crue. They play their last shows at STAPLES Center next week.
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Twenty-three-year-old Long Beach resident Noel Aguilar was shot and killed by police in May 2014. The entire incident, from the moment one of the policeman accidentally shot his own partner to the three shots fired at Noel Aguilar, killing him, was caught on the cellphone of a bystander. The video was released just last week by Aguilar’s family. They’ve also filed a lawsuit against LA County and are requesting the District Attorney’s office reopen the case. What’s likely to happen?
Angel Carrazco, lawyer
Nearly 1,000 people were killed by police in 2015. These incidents made headlines nationwide. But there isn’t any official counting of police killings in the U.S. The Washington Post has been closely following this and has collected data of their own on police shootings. Among other things, they’ve found that unarmed black men were six times more likely than unarmed whites to be shot and killed.
So how do scientific advances actually happen? A new report from M.I.T. finds that when old scientists pass on, a new generation can come up and elaborate on old findings. These new scientists are no longer in the shadow of the old scientists so they are more likely to publish new work.
Pierre Azoulay, Sloan School of Management.
Love the song “Call Me Maybe?” Adele’s “Hello?” Well, imagine if those tunes were reworked as Shakespearean sonnets. There are rules: the sonnets have to be 14 lines long and have ten syllables per line. Find out how “this sick beat” from Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is translated into Shakespearean glory.
Erik Didrikson, popsonnet.com
Next week the band Motley Crue will end its decades-long run with final shows at the Staples Center in Downtown L.A. We go behind-the-scenes on the iconic hair metal band. How did it become one of the biggest Los Angeles bands of the ‘80s, and is it really the end of an era at last? Our guests talk about their experiences with the band.
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