Meghna Chakrabarti is a journalist and radio producer. She is the host of NPR's On Point, the former host of the WBUR news program Radio Boston and the Modern Love podcast. She is also the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, produced by WBUR and distributed nationally by NPR.
Nearly 30 years before the video of George Floyd's death sparked protests across the nation, there was another video. It captured a brutal police beating of a man named Rodney King. In March 1991, a local resident filmed a group of Los Angeles police officers beating King with batons. The video went on Los Angeles television and then around the world. Four Los Angeles police officers were eventually tried and acquitted in 1992. Los Angeles erupted in riots. The entire sequence of events, from the night of the beating, to the trial and then the riots, helped shape the nation's understanding of police violence. The events also shaped the life of Lora King, Rodney King's middle daughter.
Listener advisory: This hour contains explicit language. When quoting language used by police officers assaulting Rodney King in 1991, a guest uses a racial slur. The word is uttered by John Burris who represented Rodney King in his civil lawsuit against LAPD in 1994.  Almost 30 years ago, four Los Angeles police officers went on trial for brutally beating a man named Rodney King. Now in Minneapolis, a different trial, a similar defense. From LA in '92 to Minneapolis today, what has and hasn’t changed in America? John Burris and Vaughn Dickerson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The Biden administration says it won't allow states to cancel annual standardized testing. Some parents and educators are pushing back. We take a look at what statewide assessments measure during a pandemic. Prudence Carter, Luvelle Brown and Laura Jimenez join Meghna Chakrabarti.
A recent Gallup poll found that fewer than half of Americans belong to a house of worship. But while Americans might be losing their religion, they are not losing their religious fervor. What’s filling the God gap? Shadi Hamid, Casper ter Kuile and Joseph Bottum join Meghna Chakrabarti.
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