37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Louisiana police officers outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge. According to medical examiners, Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back. However, leaked cell phone footage of part of the incident appeared to show that Sterling was shot while two officers had him pinned to the ground. A firearm was recovered from Sterling’s body, but the video does not appear to show him reaching for it or threatening to use it at any point during the altercation.
According to officials, police were called to the scene after an anonymous caller reported that a man in a red shirt was selling CD’s and threatening him with a gun. Police responded, and at least part of what followed was captured on cell phone video. Warning, the video is graphic.
In the video, the police can be seen tackling Sterling to the ground. One of the officers shouts “gun!”, following by multiple gunshots.
State reps report that the officers’ personal body cams fell off during the altercation. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice following a shooting. Alton Sterling is the 558th person killed by police so far this year.
[An earlier version of this story implied it was the convenience store owner who called 911. This post has been updated to reflect that the caller was anonymous.]
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.