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S2E2: What’s Next in Audio Storytelling 


Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stops by to discuss why podcasts are such a big deal right now, and how will they evolve. On day 2 of Cannes Lions, we heard from a wide range of creators who are shaping the podcast landscape. We speak to the hosts of Se Regalan Dudas, one of Mexico’s top podcasts, about how they built their grassroots following. And we hear the hosts of Dope Labs discuss how brands should think about connecting with the passionate audiences that podcasters are building. All this, plus bonus tracks from leaders at Activision Blizzard and Pinterest. (And a timely encore track from Ek, as he explains why Spotify joined the Libra Association on Tuesday.)

Drone down 


Iran kicked off the day by blowing up a very expensive US surveillance drone. Vox's Alex Ward explains why tensions keep getting more tense. (Transcript here.)

Why Asylum Seekers Are Being Sent Back to Mexico 


With asylum requests at a record high, the Trump administration is telling migrants to wait in Mexico. We look at how that policy could fundamentally change immigration in the United States. Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Zolan Kanno-Youngs, who covers homeland security. For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: A recent State Department report acknowledged the possibility that migrants from Central America were no safer in Mexico than at home from the gangs that had threatened them.The cornerstone of President Trump’s deal to avert tariffs with Mexico — the terms of which were largely already agreed-upon in December — was an expansion of the “Remain in Mexico” program.

1031: The Juneteenth Special 


Lorraine DeGraffenreidt, Laci Mosley, Jacquis Neal, Edgar Blackmon, Brodie Reed, Kara Brown, Ify Nwadiwe, Carl Tart, and Andy Beckerman join Andrew and Tawny to talk all things Juneteenth including the best way to celebrate, it’s importance, and what people don’t know about the holiday. As always, leave us a message about anything you think is racist at (323) 389-RACE.

89: Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine 


On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. It was one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos and rare video footage as Matt's all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of his family and closest friends.  Through the film, new revelations about the murder are revealed and the notions of forgiveness, loss, and redemption are explored by those who were there.

Platonic, Until Death Do Us Part | With John Cameron Mitchell


What do you do when you're struggling to find a romantic relationship as deep as the relationship you have with your best friend? John Cameron Mitchell ("Anthem: Homunculus") reads Ephi Stempler's essay about a man considering a platonic life partnership.