The Takeaway Weekender: Missouri as a Mirror, Support for Victims, and The Beatles Reimagined

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1. 'Municipal Shock & Awe' in Ferguson | 2. Ferguson: A Mirror for Modern America? | 3. 'I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault' Gives Safe Space to Victims | 4. The Man That Touched America: A Tribute to Robin Williams | 5. WEEKENDER EXCLUSIVE: The Beatles Reimagined

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered protests this week that were accompanied by tear gas and rubber bullets. Things reached a tipping point Wednesday, and Jelani Cobb, a contributor to The New Yorker, was there. He says that there was a climate of hostility emanating from the police, adding that it looked like law enforcement officials were going for "municipal shock and awe.”

In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. When Zimmerman was acquitted in July of 2013, The Takeaway turned to two voices for reflection: Activist Avis Jones DeWeever, and Rich Benjamin, author of “Searching for Whitopia.” Two years later, the death of a different boy in a different part of America is raising questions of whether or not anything has changed in this country.

"I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault" is the title of a new blog dedicated to collecting and sharing stories of sexual assault. Lindy West, founder and editor of the blog, wanted to create a space online that came close to the sanctuary she found with a group of women who have come together to share honest fears, and to seek support about subjects that are hard for anyone to talk about.

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at the age of 63. Throughout his life, he electrified the screen with his wit, humor, compassion, and kindness. He was a man that touched America, and will be missed by the world. Williams had an energy that always seemed too much to contain. He orbited the sun, but always with humanity, crusading for us all. This week, The Takeaway remembered Robin Williams, and the joy he brought to the globe.

Weekender Exclusive: In the new movie “Boyhood,” actor Ethan Hawke’s character, "Mason Sr.," gives his son a very unique birthday gift. The present is the “Black Album,” which is a compilation of songs from the solo careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Star after The Beatles broke up. John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, reviews the album.