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Everybody Loves Covid (Ep. 299)

This week’s MPU podcast marks the one year anniversary of the Covid crisis and lockdowns. The gang also looks at President Biden’s approval ratings, the competition for college admissions in the post-Covid era, the GOP’s assault on voting rights, where we are a year after the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, the Derek Chauvin trial, and the uproar over Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah.

The BLM Car (Ep. 286)

This week’s podcast features the Texas man whose car bears the names of over 1500 black people who’ve been killed by police.

The Day I Almost Became Daunte Wright

by Kevin Kelton

In the wake of recent news stories about the police shooting death of Daunte Wright, More Perfect Union cohost Kevin Kelton shares his own story of being pulled over at gunpoint by the LAPD. Luckily, he’s still here to tell it. Which is why it’s valuable.

In 1990, back in my long hair and bearded days, I was driving on a major street in Los Angeles on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when I heard a siren behind me and saw flashing police lights. Assuming I’m about to be ticketed, I pulled over and kept my hands on the steering wheel as I’d always heard you should do. It’s just a traffic stop, right? No big deal.
 
That’s when I hear, over a loud speaker, “Put your hands on your head and don’t move!”
 
So I do, then I look in my mirrors and see not one, but three LAPD cars with six cops all crouched behind their open doors while pointing handguns and shotguns at me. Like I was a bank robber. Of course now I’m scared sh**less because it was the first (and only) time I have ever had guns pointed at me. Naturally I’m going to do whatever they say.

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