#45: My Friend the Human Shield

Why Al Letson rushed to protect an agitator at an anti-hate rally in Berkeley over the weekend

In this episode, we talk to a human shield and a human billboard. First, Al Letson was just trying to cover a demonstration—an anti-hate rally in Berkeley. When he saw a group of balaclava-clad men descend on an apparent right-wing agitator, he jumped into the fray, using his body to defend the man from kicks and punches. Letson is the host of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

And for the Spiel, is “#whaboom” the worst of our culture today?

Today's show comes from Andrea's recent appearance guest-hosting Slate's The Gist podcast.

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