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From Rodney King To Michael Brown: The Narrative Of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith is known for her documentary-style plays about race in America. Here, she reflects on the narrative out of Ferguson.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rodney King

Friday, December 28, 2012

Rodney King was found dead on June 16 in his home swimming pool. He and his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, were on our show on  April 25th, when his memoir, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, was published. He spoke honestly and movingly about the high speed car chase that ended with a brutal police beating in 1991, the resulting trials, healing from his injuries, and dealing with addiction. We're replaying selections from that interview.

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: Rodney King, the Sandusky Trial, Ann Curry and the Olympics Playlist

Friday, June 22, 2012

Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya look back at the week's top stories for this week's Follow Friday. They cover the death and legacy of Rodney King, Jerry Sandusky's trial, Ann Curry's departure from The Today Show, and their selections for the Olympics playlist.

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WNYC News

Rodney King, Months Before Death, Says He's 'Not Totally Sober'

Monday, June 18, 2012

Months before his shocking death this weekend, Rodney King told WNYC that the weight of being the face of racial injustice “took a toll on him” — and that despite his public battle with substance abuse, he was not completely sober.

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The Takeaway

Rodney King Dies at 47

Monday, June 18, 2012

When Rodney King was beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991, it set off a series of events that lead to the LA riots the following year. King was found dead early yesterday morning at the bottom of his swimming pool. Police are investigating the death as a drowning, without any evidence of foul play.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

L.A. Uprising 20 Years Later

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tricia Rose,  professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters, discusses race in America 20 years after the L.A. violence stemming from the Rodney King verdict. Gary Phillipswriter, activist, South Central native, contributor to Dr. Pop, and author of several books, including Violent Spring, his mystery novel set in the aftermath of '92, joins the conversation.

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The Takeaway

Anna Deavere Smith Reflects on Rodney King and LA Riots, 20 Years Later

Friday, April 27, 2012

On April 29, 1992, nearly 20 years ago, an all-white jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Officers in the case of Rodney King, a black motorist who suffered severe injuries after a brutal beating from the LAPD. South Los Angeles promptly exploded into riots that lasted six days, leaving more than 50 people dead, thousands injured, and $1 billion in damage. Anna Deavere Smith is an playwright, actress and author of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," a one-woman show that Smith developed from interviews with 300 subjects involved in the Rodney King case and its aftermath. She reflects on the riots that tore the city apart, 20 years ago, and discusses whether and how police-community relations have changed since 1992.

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WNYC News

Rodney King on Trayvon: It's Easy to Get Away With Killing a Black Man

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rodney King weighed in on the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen whose death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer earlier this year sparked national debate on race.

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