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Former KKK leader David Duke told the LA Times recently that he’s “winning” right now, and that’s because his racist ideology is getting quite a bit of airtime lately. Duke’s a prominent supporter of Donald Trump, and he and many other leaders of racist groups have been energized by the Trump candidacy.

The Anti Defamation League has officially designated Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol. Press Play spoke with the cartoon’s creator about its new designation. Also, Alicia Machado is just the latest person to be made into a presidential campaign prop. Remember Joe the Plumber? Who are some of the other people who’ve been used by campaigns and what happened to them?

Then, Yosemite’s superintendent is stepping down amid allegations of harassment, while the entire National Park Service is the focus of a federal examination for fostering a culture of bullying and gender bias. Is the NPS doing enough to protect female employees?

Next, a review of this week’s new releases, including “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess’s new flick, “Masterminds,” and Cannes indie fave “American Honey.”

And finally, a pun is not the lowest form of humor. Just ask Wired’s Peter Rubin, who recently competed in a pun-off.

Former KKK leader Duke says Trump’s success proves he’s ‘winning’ 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Former KKK leader David Duke told the Los Angeles Times recently, “the fact that Donald Trump’s doing so well, it proves that I’m winning. I am winning.” That’s because his racist ideology is getting quite a bit of airtime lately. Duke’s a prominent supporter of Donald Trump, and he and many other leaders of racist groups have been energized by the Trump candidacy, saying they feel included in the political discourse, whereas in previous presidential elections, they have felt excluded from the mainstream.

Guests:
Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times (@LisaMascaro)

Matt Furie speaks out about Pepe the Frog becoming a hate symbol 3 MIN, 33 SEC

The Anti Defamation League has officially designated Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol. Pepe is the stoned cartoon frog that’s been showing up in racist imagery from the alt-right, but he started as a symbol of just chilling out. Los Angeles based cartoonist Matt Furie debuted Pepe in a web comic in 2005. Furie spoke with Press Play about how his cartoon has been hijacked.

Guests:
Matt Furie, Cartoonist

Machado is just the latest person to be made into a campaign prop 5 MIN, 1 SEC

Pepe the Frog is now a character in the presidential campaign. So is Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe brought up by Hillary Clinton during the debate. Friday morning, she became the subject of a Twitter rant by Donald Trump. Every four years, the presidential election seems to give at least one obscure citizen his or her 15 minutes of fame. Remember Joe the Plumber? Who are some of the other people who’ve been used by campaigns and what happened to them after?

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

Yosemite chief resigns as national parks face gender bias charges 8 MIN, 42 SEC

The Superintendent of Yosemite is stepping down amid allegations of sexual harassment and gender bias at the park. In fact, the entire National Park Service is the focus of a federal examination for fostering a culture of bullying, where women say they are afraid to speak up and their complaints are ignored. Is the NPS doing enough to protect female employees?


Guests:
Lyndsey Gilpin, Reporter (@lyndseygilpin)

What to see at the movie theater this weekend 12 MIN, 23 SEC

New releases at the cinema this weekend include: “Deepwater Horizon,” a film based on the explosion on an oil rig that led to the BP oil spill in 2010; Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children;’ “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess’s new flick, “Masterminds,” and Cannes indie fave “American Honey.”

Guests:
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)
Amy Nicholson, host of the podcast The Canon (@theAmyNicholson)

A pun is not the lowest form of humor. Just ask this punslinger 8 MIN, 20 SEC

“A pun is the lowest form of humor,” according to the musician and humorist Oscar Levant. That’s the pun-haters version of the quote, though. Pun-lovers say the quote really goes, “A pun is the lowest form of humor when you don't think of it first.” There are actually lots of people who hold the famously low form of humor in high esteem. Case in point: there are pun competitions around the world, including the O. Henry Pun-off World Championship, which Wired senior editor Peter Rubin (fearfully) recently competed in.

Guests:
Peter Rubin, Wired Magazine

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