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Embedded Radio Special


Airs Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. NPR’s Embedded podcast is offering a one-hour special for the radio. The program, hosted by All Things Considered’s Kelly McEvers, will showcase the podcast’s in-depth reporting on videos of police encounters and how the proliferation of this kind of video has affected life in America. The hour features three stories, each centering on a different incident. In one, an unarmed black man is fatally shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. The dash-cam footage is subsequently used by both the prosecution and the defense as the officer stands trial. In another, a policeman’s body-cam captures his own death at the hands of a suspect. That haunting video goes on to become a part of police training even as it raises many questions. Finally, a tense standoff between an officer and a murder suspect ends without a single bullet fired, possibly because of the ubiquity of these videos today. The three stories portray a vivid picture of the current cultural moment; one that some researchers say is prompting the most significant reevaluation of police-community relations since the videotaped beating of Rodney King back in the early 1990s.