State of Affairs
This week: A mandatory mask order from Governor Newsom could cause a clash with local authorities. Meanwhile: The House and Senate are BOTH working on police reform bills… but the devil is in the details. We'll get into all those stories and more.
- Marisa Lagos, Political correspondent at KQED
- Zach Courser - Co-director of the policy lab at Claremont McKenna College
Why These Protest Feel Different
All over the country people have organized to observe the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. Today's protests follow the weeks-long demonstrations all over the world... to rally against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. It's a civil rights movement that we've seen before but… not like this. So, why does this time around feel different?
- Drew Engelhardt, Researcher at Brown University
A History Lesson on Juneteenth
Today, millions of Americans are observing Juneteenth, a holiday traditionally celebrated by Black Americans to mark the end of slavery in the United States, that has skyrocketed to the national spotlight this year. Companies such as Target … Nike … Twitter and others have even made Juneteenth a paid holiday. All this as the country continues to grapple with nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality following the death of George Floyd.
- Jessica Millward, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine
Blackish creator Kenya Barris talks about the Juneteenth musical episode they ran in 2017. It's from an interview on The Frame from 2018. He's now developing a Juneteenth musical for Netflix with Pharrell Williams.
As we mentioned earlier, today is Juneteenth. And tradition holds that many black communities observe this day with some special foods… among them: barbecue. We take a deeper look at this tradition.
- Kevin Bludso, owner of Bludso's Bar & Que, on La Brea in mid-city
KPCC's Leo Duran shares some of the best socially distant events to be a part of this weekend in Southern California.