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Photo: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives on the tenth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 16, 2017. Jurors continued to deliberate on a verdict for a fifth day. (REUTERS/Tom Mihalek)

SCOTUS hears potentially landmark case on election gerrymandering 8 MIN, 53 SEC

The Supreme Court is taking up a case on gerrymandering and whether the Republican Party has unconstitutionally drawn districts to prevent Democrats from winning in Wisconsin. The case could affect the 2020 elections. The high court also ruled the federal government can’t refuse to grant trademark protections that some consider offensive, like the Washington Redskins.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

New coffee shop in Boyle Heights draws anti-gentrification protests 8 MIN, 6 SEC

Boyle Heights has become a flashpoint in the gentrification debate. Art galleries there have faced anger from the community, and now protesters are opposing a new upscale coffee house called Weird Wave Coffee Brewers. Two of the shop owners are white and one is Salvadorian. Photos by Saul Gonzalez


Mario Chavarria (center), Jackson Defa and John Schwarz are co-owners of Weird Wave Coffee Brewers. 


In front of Weird Wave Coffee Brewers, protesters hold a sign that translates to "out." 


A Latina woman named Peach Wolf supports Weird Wave Coffee Brewers

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)

‘Fantasy Life’ chronicles dreams and downfalls of baseball players 13 MIN, 24 SEC

In 2002, photographer Tabitha Soren found 21 men who were on the brink of becoming professional athletes. They were members of Oakland A’s draft class. Soren followed their careers and lives for a decade. But the call to join the big leagues never came for most of the players. Age, injury, or not being good enough ended their childhood dreams. Soren compiled her photos in a new book called “Fantasy Life.”

Guests:
Tabitha Soren, Fine art photographer and former reporter (@tabithasoren)

Why Bill Cosby’s case has race, gender and celebrity echoes of the O.J. Simpson trial 9 MIN, 9 SEC

After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in mistrial Saturday, after the jury found itself deadlocked. Cosby could face a new trial as soon as October. His defense team says he is vindicated. But prosecutors are calling for more women to step forward. The high-profile trial has brought up themes of celebrity, race, gender, and media attention.

Guests:
Gil Garcetti, former District Attorney of Los Angeles County
Jody Armour, USC (@NiggaTheory)

How Juneteenth became a celebration for the end of slavery 8 MIN, 14 SEC

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to tell the state’s slaves that the Civil War was over. That was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery in America. Juneteenth became a day to celebrate freedom. Some call it the real Independence Day for America. Others have never heard of it. It’s still not a National holiday, which raises questions about America’s discomfort with its slave owning past.

Guests:
Michael Harriot, Staff writer at the Root (@michaelharriot)
Eve Ewing, Sociologist at the University of Chicago (@eveewing)

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