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The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in daily news featuring critical conversations, live reports from the field, and listener participation. The Takeaway provides a breadth and depth of world, national, and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

Episodes

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death will Affect the Battle for the White House

    Sep 19 2020

    After serving 27 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday from complications associated with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the highest court in the land. Early in her career as a lawyer, she was a champion for gender equality and in the time since has been elevated to a feminist icon. Clara Spera, Ginsburg's granddaughter said her grandmother dictated the following statement before her death: "My most fervent ...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Raising (Votes in) Arizona

    Sep 18 2020

    Arizona has been a reliably Republican state at the presidential level in every election since 1952 — except when Bill Clinton won in 1996. But a rapidly growing population has chipped away at the Republican advantage. In 2020, Arizona is rated a toss-up. The state has had no-excuse absentee voting since 1991 and the numbers of voters who use this method continue to grow. As the president continues to malign the U.S. Postal Service and absentee ballots and question the integrity of the upcoming ...more

  • Should Police Officers Be Required to Live in the City They Serve? 2020-09-17

    Sep 17 2020

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  • Louisville Settles with Breonna Taylor's Family for $12 Million 2020-09-16

    Sep 16 2020

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  • In Wisconsin, Joe Biden Maintains Lead Over Donald Trump 2020-09-15

    Sep 15 2020

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  • Wildfires in the American West: A Lockdown within a Lockdown 2020-09-14

    Sep 14 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: How North Carolina's Electoral Process is Unfolding

    Sep 11 2020

    While the bedrock of democracy is free and fair elections, the President has been sowing seeds of distrust throughout the course of the campaign. He's used his platform to spread conspiracy theories about the integrity of absentee ballots to his millions of followers. The consequences of those lies can be seen in a recent Monmouth University poll that found almost 40 percent of Americans don’t believe that the elections will be conducted fairly and accurately. A majority of Americans say that th...more

  • How Policy Makers Can Capitalize on Public Support for Racial Justice 2020-09-10

    Sep 10 2020

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  • California Farmworkers Continue to Harvest Amid the Wildfires 2020-09-09

    Sep 09 2020

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  • Trump Directs Agencies to End Racial Sensitivity Trainings 2020-09-08

    Sep 08 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Role of Political Disinformation in the Race for the White House

    Sep 04 2020

    Since May, protests have unfolded to denounce the way police interact with Black Americans. Most recently, the shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed father, has grabbed national headlines. Blake was shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The violent event has resulted in many taking to the street and demanding answers to why this keeps happening.  Maya King, political reporting fellow at POLITICO, and Katie Glueck, national politics reporter for The New York Times unpack how...more

  • A Lawsuit Demanding Reparations, 100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre 2020-09-03

    Sep 03 2020

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  • Trump Administration Policy Could Pause Evictions for Millions of Vulnerable Renters 2020-09-02

    Sep 02 2020

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  • What Are Colleges Doing to Control COVID-19 On and Off Campus? 2020-09-01

    Sep 01 2020

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  • Protests Put Spotlight on the Relationship Between Armed White Vigilantes, Militia Groups, and Law Enforcement 2020-08-31

    Aug 31 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: Whose Convention Resonated Best?

    Aug 28 2020

    Over the last two weeks, both the Republican and Democratic parties have proposed their visions for America and they could not be more different. President Trump used his primetime speech to convince those watching that he was still the outsider that had been elected four years prior and that he would not conform to establishment politics, even though he is now the establishment. Joe Biden used his time to demonstrate that he believes that Trump is a threat to democracy and that reelecting him w...more

  • Restaurant Industry Sees Uncertain Future as Summer Boom Draws to Close 2020-08-27

    Aug 27 2020

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  • Milwaukee: "The Epitome of a 21st Century Racial Regime" 2020-08-26

    Aug 26 2020

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  • Demands for Justice Continue in Louisville, More Than Five Months After the Killing of Breonna Taylor 2020-08-25

    Aug 25 2020

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  • Fires Rage in California with No End in Sight 2020-08-24

    Aug 24 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: A Virtual Democratic Convention

    Aug 21 2020

    This week, Joe Biden officially became the Democratic nominee for president in the first-ever virtual convention. While there were no crowds, handshakes, or applause to demonstrate excitement, the new format allowed for Americans across the country to participate. Each night consisted of live and taped speeches where voters implored those watching to vote for Joe Biden. They spoke about President Trump's failure to address climate change, structural racism, gun violence, economic insecurity, and...more

  • The Critical Work of Black Women in the Democratic Party 2020-08-20

    Aug 20 2020

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  • At Colleges and Universities, Back to School Looks Very Different This Year 2020-08-19

    Aug 19 2020

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  • Stakes of Post Office Fight Loom Large Over November Elections 2020-08-18

    Aug 18 2020

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  • Move to Virtual Nominating Conventions Marks Major Shift in U.S. History 2020-08-17

    Aug 17 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: Processing a New Kind of Election Night

    Aug 14 2020

    The surge in absentee ballots because of the coronavirus could mean the outcome of the presidential race remains undetermined for weeks after the first Tuesday in November. Recently, The New York Times published a piece about what the media may not understand about covering election night 2020. The way election night coverage has unfolded in the past makes this new reality particularly tough to understand. But just because the exit poll data and electoral college tally that we are used to seeing...more

  • Has the Media Gotten Better at Covering Female Politicians? 2020-08-13

    Aug 13 2020

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  • Kamala Harris Chosen As Joe Biden's Running Mate 2020-08-12

    Aug 12 2020

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  • How the Lebanese Diaspora is Processing Beirut's Deadly Explosion 2020-08-11

    Aug 11 2020

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  • An Economic and Political Analysis of Trump's Unilateral Stimulus Measures 2020-08-10

    Aug 10 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: In Pursuit of a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Aug 08 2020

    While many countries have curbed their total number of coronavirus cases, the US has recorded more than four and a half million, and more than 160,000 deaths. Inadequate national leadership has caused one of the easiest and simplest solutions to curbing the spread of the disease, mask wearing, to become the latest front in the culture wars  The White House has spread not only conflicting messages about the severity of the virus but also conspiracy theories about the science and the solutions to ...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Black Women Are Center Stage in 2020

    Aug 07 2020

    This week, Cori Bush defeated longtime Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay, in the primary for Missouri’s first Congressional District. A safe Democratic seat, Bush is all but guaranteed to win in November when she will become the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri.  Bush is one of more 100 Black women running for Congress this cycle, a record breaking number, according to an analysis by the Center for American Women and Politics.  Women of color have also be...more

  • Mental Health Crisis Looms Large As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues 2020-08-06

    Aug 06 2020

    Mental Health Crisis Looms Large As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues In June, more than 36 percent of U.S. adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, an increase of roughly 25 percent from the same time last year.  Kanye West and How Media Talks About Mental Illness Recently, Kanye West’s bipolar disorder has been in the news, and some are questioning how the media has been covering it. "My Lungs Are Still Not the Same": The Long Road to Recovery from COVID-19 The Takeaway hears from forme...more

  • Where the United States Postal Service Stands on Mail-In Ballots Come November 2020-08-05

    Aug 05 2020

    Where the United States Postal Service Stands on Mail-In Ballots Come November As we move closer to November, we need to keep talking about what it looks like to vote during a pandemic. Blast Rocks Beirut on Tuesday Amid Mounting Tensions and Economic Turmoil At least 30 people were killed with thousands injured; hospitals were overwhelmed by the number of injuries. Why Are So Many Golden Age Rappers Dying Young? There is a troubling pattern of rappers that came to fame during the late 80s and 9...more

  • COVID-19 Continues to Spread As U.S. Surpasses 150,000 Deaths 2020-08-04

    Aug 04 2020

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  • How "Learning Pods" Could Heighten Inequities in the U.S. School System 2020-08-03

    Aug 03 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Path to November

    Aug 01 2020

    This week, President Trump renewed his commitment to questioning the integrity of our election system and the Senate left town on Thursday without reaching an agreement on a new stimulus bill, leaving millions of unemployed Americans in economic limbo. At the same time, the U.S. surpassed 150,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus as confirmed cases in many states continue to climb. With less than 100 days until the general election, Jane Coaston, a senior politics reporter at Vox, and Tim Alberta...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Diagnosing Georgia's Primary Problems

    Jul 31 2020

    Perhaps, no state better embodies the polarization and partisanship with which we approach election administration than Georgia. After a messy primary in June with long lines and shuttered polling locations, election officials in the state have been working to improve and restore faith in the process for what is certain to be a contentious election in November. And, in a little over a week, they’ll get another try. On August 11th, more than half of Georgia’s 159 counties will hold runoff electio...more

  • Even With PPP Loans, Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat 2020-07-30

    Jul 30 2020

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  • A Deeper Look at How American Suburbs Were Created — and How Their Voter Base is Changing 2020-07-29

    Jul 29 2020

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  • The Dual Risks of COVID-19 and Hurricanes 2020-07-28

    Jul 28 2020

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  • Are We Looking at Family Separation 2.0? 2020-07-27

    Jul 27 2020

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  • Politics with Amy Walter: Remembering John Lewis

    Jul 26 2020

    Last Friday, the world learned of the death of Congressman John Lewis. A civil rights icon and hero, John Lewis was known as the "conscience of the Congress," where he served for more than 30 years. In the week following his death, we’ve seen countless tributes across social media and from his colleagues on the House floor. There is a growing movement for Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge to be renamed in his honor and on Wednesday, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act was introduced in the...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: An Unexpected Battle for the Senate

    Jul 24 2020

    Conventional wisdom had most people thinking that any gains that Democrats made in the Senate would be nominal. But, unexpected events over the last six months have turned a long-shot into the very real possibility that Democrats take control of the Senate in November. Seats that were formerly considered safe for the GOP are now in play as a result of the Trump administration’s failure to handle the coronavirus crisis and provide a national plan for recovery while simultaneously stoking racial t...more

  • How Communities in Chicago Are Combating Rising Gun Violence Amid COVID-19 2020-07-23

    Jul 23 2020

    How Communities in Chicago Are Combating Rising Gun Violence Amid COVID-19 Overall crime is down in Chicago, but homicides and shootings have increased by nearly 50 percent compared to the same time period last year. How are communities handling the increase? The Militarization of the Police Continues Mostly Unimpeded The Senate rejected a proposal on Tuesday to end a program that supplies police departments with surplus military equipment. The Border Patrol Has Been Policing U.S. Cities for Ye...more

  • Why Are People So Angry About Wearing Masks? 2020-07-22

    Jul 22 2020

    Why Are People So Angry About Wearing Masks? On social media, videos have gone viral featuring combative scenes where people refuse to comply with masking mandates. Teachers Share Their Thoughts on the Upcoming School Year Two teachers speak with The Takeaway about returning, or not returning, to teach for the 2020 school year.  Federal Judges Face Rise in Threats Around the Country A deadly attack on the family of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas left her 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl dea...more

  • How Schools Across the Country Plan to Reopen this Fall 2020-07-21

    Jul 21 2020

    How Schools Across the Country Plan to Reopen this Fall Plans to reopen schools vary from state to state, while school districts still have a lot of planning to do before they are ready for the 2020 school year.  How Teachers Are Feeling About a Return to In-Person Learning The Takeaway speaks with two teachers about how their districts are planning for potential in-person learning this fall and how they’re feeling heading into the school year. Puerto Rico Pulls Back on Reopening as COVID-19 Cas...more

  • Tension Between the CDC and White House 2020-07-20

    Jul 20 2020

    Tension Between the CDC and White House The Trump administration has continued to sidestep the CDC and tensions reached a fever pitch. What's Going On in Portland? In Portland, Oregon, protests against police brutality and racism have continued for over 50 consecutive days. How Native Communities Are Dealing with COVID-19 How is Navajo Nation doing in light of ongoing tensions between cities and states in the region over masks and other COVID-19 protection measures? John Lewis and C.T. Vivian: T...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: North Carolina, Up For Grabs

    Jul 19 2020

    With its 15 electoral votes, North Carolina is one of a handful of states truly up for grabs come November. Since 2008, no presidential candidate has carried the state by more than three points. The most recent polls show Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump by about two points. And, only one Democrat running for president has been able to build a winning coalition in the state in the last 10 elections, and that was Barack Obama in 2008. Associate Professor, Jarvis Hall from ...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: A Look at the Next Stimulus Package

    Jul 17 2020

    It’s been four months since the U.S. economy shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, more than three million Americans have been infected by the virus and tens of millions have lost their jobs. In March, Congress passed a $2 trillion economic relief package tasked with getting money to individuals and businesses after coronavirus brought the global economy to a halt. The CARES act expanded unemployment benefits, provided direct stimulus payments, and assistance with federa...more

  • Julián Castro on Black Lives Matter, Leadership within the Latino Community, and More 2020-07-16

    Jul 16 2020

    Julián Castro on Black Lives Matter, Leadership within the Latino Community, and More The Takeaway speaks to Julián Castro, former HUD Secretary under the Obama Administration and previous Democratic presidential candidate. Trump Rolls Back Environmental Protections; Biden Plans for Expanded Clean Energy In the same week that President Trump announced revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act, Biden announced a $2 trillion climate plan. What Vogue's Latest Cover Tells Us About Diversity...more

  • Why Is the U.S. Lagging Behind on COVID-19 Testing? 2020-07-15

    Jul 15 2020

    Why Is the U.S. Lagging Behind on COVID-19 Testing? With cases on the rise across much of the country, COVID-19 testing remains critical, but still not widely available. How U.S. Heat Waves Are a Challenge for COVID-19 Heat waves throughout the Southwest could be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. Breaking Down Tuesday's Election Results for Alabama, Maine, and Texas On Tuesday, elections were held to determine Senate candidates for important races in Alabama, Texas, and Maine. The T...more

  • Why Arizona's Latino Communities Are Being Hit Hard by COVID-19 2020-07-14

    Jul 14 2020

    Why Arizona's Latino Communities Are Being Hit Hard by COVID-19 In Arizona’s Maricopa County, Latino residents have been twice as likely to become infected with COVID-19 as non-Latino residents. “I’m Desperate for Hopeful Signs”: Phoenix Mayor on Arizona's Rapid Rise of COVID-19 Cases Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego speaks on the difficulties Arizona faces as it becomes a new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do We Need to Reform Death Investigation in the U.S.? Medical examiners and coroners can s...more

  • Understanding the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty in Eastern Oklahoma 2020-07-13

    Jul 13 2020

    Understanding the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty in Eastern Oklahoma Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation still has criminal jurisdiction over Eastern Oklahoma, land that was designated to them through treaties in the 1800s. Descendants of Confederate and Colonial Leaders Call for Their Memorials to be Taken Down The descendants of both General Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson want the full history of the United States to be brought to light. New Do...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How Cities Across the U.S. are Responding to Demands for Police Reform

    Jul 10 2020

    Lately, President Donald Trump’s speeches and tweets have become more pointed and divisive as he attempts to appeal to members of his base. There are four crucial months until election day and the president is spending them emphasizing racial divisions and defending symbols of white supremacy. The move is at odds with a cultural moment of awareness about systemic racism and police brutality. Maya King, campaign 2020 reporting fellow at POLITICO, David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washi...more

  • Reckoning with Race in Public Media 2020-07-09

    Jul 09 2020

    Reckoning with Race in Public Media In the midst of a nationwide push for racial justice, public media is having a reckoning of its own. What Does the Latest SCOTUS Decision Mean for Birth Control Access? In a 7-2 decision, the court upheld a Trump administration regulation allowing employers to deny contraceptive coverage to workers based on religious or moral grounds.  SCOTUS Rules Against Trump on Tax Returns Case State prosecutors in New York will get what President Trump has long refused to...more

  • What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall? The Takeaway-2020-07-08

    Jul 08 2020

    What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall? Colleges and universities across the U.S. are grappling with when and how to reopen in the upcoming school year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   Judges Around the Country Have Troubling Records, Yet They Still Serve on the Bench A new Reuters investigation looks at the lack of accountability judges face for misconduct. How Has Social Media Become So Divisive? Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism," joined...more

  • COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers 2020-07-07

    Jul 07 2020

    COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers In recent months, even as some industries have gradually reopened, many domestic workers are still losing jobs and wages due to the pandemic. A Look at the U.S. Labor Market as Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Set to Expire Halfway through the year and more than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, The Takeaway looks into how the US labor market is faring. Restrictions on Beach and Pool Access Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic Pl...more

  • Parenting Challenges in the Era of COVID-19: Balancing Work and Kids 2020-07-06

    Jul 06 2020

    Parenting Challenges in the Era of COVID-19: Balancing Work and Kids Many parents across the country have gone months without childcare, juggling the tasks of being a parent with those of learning how to home-school on the fly. Vanessa Guillén Disappearence Raises Question About Sexual Assault in the Military Army specialist and Houston native Vanessa Guillén disappeared from her Texas base in April, and police now say she was brutally killed. What Does Annexation Mean for Palestinians in the We...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: What it's Like to Start a Career During the Pandemic

    Jul 03 2020

    When the COVID-19 swept the U.S. in March, it was hard to fully understand how society would fundamentally change. Since then, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment. As states grapple with the uncertainty that comes with reopening their economies, Politics with Amy Walter returns to a conversation from April about what it's like to be entering the workforce at this time. Hannes Schwandt, assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, sh...more

  • Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on his Approach to Flattening the Curve 2020-07-02

    Jul 02 2020

    Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on his Approach to Flattening the Curve We speak to Miami, Florida's Mayor Francis Suarez about his plans to stop the spread of the virus. How Are Educators Rethinking U.S. History Education? The recent uprisings for racial justice have shed light on how the teaching of U.S. history has been lacking in the past and how we can fix it. Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Changes to International Media Outlets Voice of America, and other government-funded international m...more

  • Growing Ad Boycotts Are Pressuring Facebook to Stop Misinformation and Hate Speech 2020-07-01

    Jul 01 2020

    Growing Ad Boycotts Are Pressuring Facebook to Stop Misinformation and Hate Speech Over 100 companies have pledged to pull their ads from Facebook, causing Facebook's stock to fall.  Puerto Rico's Domestic Violence Epidemic is Only Getting Worse As millions around the world face increased rates of domestic abuse amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Puerto Rico, the pandemic of violence against women goes back for years. Artist Shaun Leonardo Wants to Expand the Conversation on Police Brutality Through...more

  • Arizona and COVID-19: A Doctor on the Front Lines 2020-06-30

    Jun 30 2020

    Arizona and COVID-19: A Doctor on the Front Lines As COVID-19 cases in Arizona explode, we hear from a doctor in Phoenix. The Pandemic Has led to Fewer Parents Vaccinating Their Kids for Preventable Diseases There is a decline in vaccine administration due to COVID-19, which could lead to an outbreak of preventable diseases.  "Unacceptable": Rep. Deb Haaland on the Federal Response to COVID-19 in Tribal Communities Representative Haaland, one of the first two Native American congresswomen, talks...more

  • In Texas, A New Surge of COVID-19 Cases 2020-06-29

    Jun 29 2020

    In Texas, A New Surge of COVID-19 Cases Texas was hurrying to get back to normal. Then, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 exploded. Plano, Texas Mayor on Recent Uptick in COVID-19 Cases How will local Texas leaders address and respond to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases? Judge Sets July 17th Deadline for ICE to Release Migrant Children from Detention On Friday, a U.S. district court judge in California ordered ICE to release migrant children who have been detained by the agency for longer ...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: What a Surge in Absentee Ballots Means for November 2020

    Jun 26 2020

    The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has resulted in a record number of people requesting to vote-by-mail. While increased access to mail ballots will stem the spread of the disease, waiting for ballots to arrive will delay the final result. Kentucky and New York are among the states that hosted primaries this week. In both states, several candidates of color, many who ran on progressive platforms, had strong performances. While officials wait for absentee ballots to arrive so they can provide a f...more

  • Who Does the Acronym "BIPOC" Actually Serve? 2020-06-25

    Jun 25 2020

    Who Does the Acronym "BIPOC" Actually Serve? How do major movements like the one we are seeing now change the language we use and how we talk about our identities? Georgia Passes States First Hate Crimes Bill On Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers passed the state’s first hate-crimes legislation. How American Families Are Facing the Brunt of Deportations Julia Preston profiled three separate families, whose loved ones were deported from the United States.

  • Will COVID-19 Worsen the Housing Crisis? 2020-06-24

    Jun 24 2020

    Will COVID-19 Worsen the Housing Crisis? Evictions and foreclosures are looming large across the U.S., as state and federal protections for renters and homeowners are quickly expiring.  All Eyes on Kentucky's Primary Election A look at Kentucky's primary election: high voter turnout and expanded vote-by-mail. Official New York Primary Results Are Absent as Absentee Ballots Wait to be Counted New York saw an unprecedented number of absentee ballots mailed in for Tuesday's primary, but counting t...more

  • Police Killing of Andres Guardado Highlights State Brutality on Latino Community 2020-06-23

    Jun 23 2020

    Police Killing of Andres Guardado Highlights State Brutality on Latino Community Latino and Black people are shot by police at a disproportionate rate. WNBA Star Renee Montgomery Skipping the Season to Fight for Social Justice We sit down the WNBA’s Renee Montgomery who is sitting out this season to focus on social justice. Interest in Gardening Blooms Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic The Takeaway talks to Ron Finley, a community activist and self-proclaimed “Gangster Gardener,” about making garden...more

  • What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients 2020-06-22

    Jun 22 2020

    What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.  How Bill Barr's Messy Ouster of Geoffrey Berman Fits into His Tenure as Attorney General Over the weekend, Attorney General Bill Barr ousted Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a messy back and forth that played out publicly. Do Major Sports League...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: A National Reckoning

    Jun 19 2020

    In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, we’ve been watching uprisings take place against police brutality. What many Americans have finally woken up to is what Black Americans have known for years: That it’s impossible to separate police brutality from the racism that is baked into the structure of every American institution. Institutions, like schools, healthcare, housing, and policing have failed to give Black Americans a level playing field.  99 years ago...more

  • Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense 2020-06-18

    Jun 18 2020

    Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense As the uprising for racial justice continues around the country, journalists in the United States are increasingly the targets of direct and hostile confrontations with law enforcement. Why Are States Criminalizing Fossil Fuel Protests? Some states have been quietly passing laws to criminalize fossil fuel protests amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   COVID19 Budget Cuts Prevent Many from Accessing Subsidized Summer Programs New Y...more

  • Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations 2020-06-17

    Jun 17 2020

    Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations People have been donating to racial justice organizations as calls to give to these causes continue online. But not everyone eagerly donating may know exactly where that money is going. Listeners Tell Us: Creating Joy in This Moment What small things are you doing to create joy in this moment? Postpartum Mental Health During a Global Pandemic As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some experts worry about the...more

  • Progress for LGBTQ+ Rights in the Supreme Court 2020-06-16

    Jun 16 2020

    Progress for LGBTQ+ Rights in the Supreme Court On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision protecting LGBTQ-plus employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. GBI: The Agency Investigating Police-Involved Killings in Georgia The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks. The agency has a complicated history in Georgia. Music Behind Bars: How BL Shirelle Helps Incarcerated People...more

  • Deaths of Rayshard Brooks, Robert Fuller, and Malcolm Harsch Underscore Nationwide Anger with Law Enforcement 2020-06-15

    Jun 15 2020

    Deaths of Rayshard Brooks, Robert Fuller, and Malcolm Harsch Underscore Nationwide Anger with Law Enforcement The killing of Rayshard Brooks in Georgia and the deaths of Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch in California underscore systemic issues that demonstrators are marching against nationwide. Amid Civil Unrest, Police Fatally Shoot Latino Man Two weeks ago, Sean Monterrosa was shot and killed by police in Vallejo, California. "I'm Not OK": Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama on Racism and Sickness in...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Politics of "Defund the Police"

    Jun 12 2020

    Georgia’s Primary, George Floyd’s Funeral, and Congress’ Approach to Police Reform As the coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty for the upcoming general election, many Americans are reconsidering how they’ll cast their ballots. This week, many primary voters in Georgia were greeted by long lines and malfunctioning voting machines. The chaos surrounding Georgia’s recent election has raised questions about whether or not the same issues will reoccur in November.  Also, George Floyd was laid...more

  • Does Objectivity in Journalism Exist? 2020-06-11

    Jun 11 2020

    Does Objectivity in Journalism Exist? Reporters of color have long disputed the notion of objectivity in journalism.  Georgia Primaries Were a Mess. Will We See the Same Later This Year? Communities of color were disproportionately affected by long lines and equipment malfunctions. COVID-19 Cases Are on the Rise in Nearly Two Dozen States While the world’s eyes have been turned to the uprising against racism and police violence, some parts of the country are seeing new upticks in confirmed COVI...more

  • The Value and the Toll of Documenting Police Brutality 2020-06-10

    Jun 10 2020

    The Value and the Toll of Documenting Police Brutality As more and more deaths of Black people at the hands of police are caught on film, The Takeaway looks at the responsibility, legality, and consequences of documenting police brutality. Is Camden, New Jersey the Prototype for National Police Reform? The city disbanded its police department and replaced it with a new one in 2013. Seven years later, the department's reforms seem to be working. The Uprising and Its Leadership: What Does it Look ...more

  • Small Towns and Cities Protest Against Police Brutality Across the U.S. 2020-06-09

    Jun 09 2020

    Small Towns and Cities Protest Against Police Brutality Across the U.S.  From Portland, Maine, to Carrollton, Texas, communities are coming together against racism like never before. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery: Where Do Their Cases Stand? We check in on developments in response to nationwide protests. White Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About Race Today, while more white parents might finally want to have conversations about race with their young children, they don’t necess...more

  • The Racial Justice Uprising in the U.S. is Taking Hold Overseas 2020-06-08

    Jun 08 2020

    The Racial Justice Uprising in the U.S. is Taking Hold Overseas Many foreign leaders have condemned the killing of George Floyd, but demonstrators outside of the U.S. are also attempting to call attention to racial injustice within their own borders. Calls to Defund the Police Are Gaining Traction As protests continue over the killing of black people by police, calls to defund police departments are gaining traction.  What Are You Angry About Right Now? We asked listeners what they’re angry abou...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Tipping Point for the End of Systemic Racism in Policing

    Jun 05 2020

    How a Legacy of Racist Policies and Police Brutality Contributed to the Mass Disenfranchisement of Black People The death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis has ignited protests and conversations surrounding the mistreatment of Black Americans at the hands of the state against the backdrop of a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black people. Americans in every state have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and chant "...more

  • The Toll of Covering Police Brutality as a Black Journalist 2020-06-04

    Jun 04 2020

    The Toll of Covering Police Brutality as a Black Journalist For black journalists, this moment is especially complex, with the weight of having to cover the brutality they’re seeing while also being black in America. The Lack of Attention for Violence Against Black Trans People As people around the country protest the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, another case of alleged police brutality is emerging in Tallahassee, Florida. Are Corporate Statements of Solidarity More Than ...more

  • How Police Are Responding to Uprisings Across the Country 2020-06-03

    Jun 03 2020

    How Police Are Responding to Uprisings Across the Country For the past week, protests against police violence following the killing of George Floyd have been taking place around the country.  Why Police Unions Have So Much Power In some cases, these unions have pushed back against reforms meant to increase transparency. Momentum Builds in New York to Overhaul One of the Nation's Strictest Police Privacy Laws In New York, state legislators appear to have the votes to overhaul one of the strictes...more

  • President Trump Deflects Attention from Racial Justice Demonstrations by Invoking Far Left Groups 2020-06-02

    Jun 02 2020

    President Trump Deflects Attention from Racial Justice Demonstrations by Invoking Far Left Groups  President Trump has pushed the inaccurate message that far left activists are leading demonstrations around the country to distract from the real issues behind the uprisings. How QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Are Influencing U.S. Politics On May 19th, Jo Rae Perkins, an avowed supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, won the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in Oregon, with nearly 50 ...more

  • Understanding the Pain Fueling Nationwide Demonstrations 2020-06-01

    Jun 01 2020

    Understanding the Pain Fueling Nationwide Demonstrations While George Floyd’s killing galvanized many of this weekend's protests, his death was the latest in a series of events that make this such a painful moment for black Americans. How Do We Mourn as a Nation? President Trump has yet to suggest any kind of official collective grieving or day of remembrance. 

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Future of the Democratic Party

    May 29 2020

    The Future of the Democratic Primary At the beginning of the Democratic nominating contests, the party faced a number of challenges. The field being crowded with candidates with such varied politics demonstrated that there were different visions for the future of the party. And today, while Joe Biden is the presumed nominee, there is concern that he won't drive excitement and turnout in the way a candidate like Senator Bernie Sanders might've been able to. The Democratic Party's foremost goal is...more

  • "Quarantine Fatigue" and Navigating the Risks of Expanding Our Bubbles 2020-05-28

    May 28 2020

    "Quarantine Fatigue" and Navigating the Risks of Expanding Our Bubbles Lockdown measures are becoming harder to follow as the weather warms up and people are increasingly feeling the mental and emotional strain of isolation. Justice Department Drops Charges on Three Senators Who Allegedly Violated Insider Trading Rules Investigations on three senators were dropped, but Sen. Burr will continue to be investigated. Birdwatching While Black Earlier this week, a viral video showed Christian Cooper, ...more

  • His Name is George Floyd 2020-05-27

    May 27 2020

    His Name is George Floyd A deadly Minneapolis encounter between a police officer and an unarmed black person sparks calls for justice. Meat Plant Workers Are Falling Ill with Coronavirus — But We Don't Know the Scale Meat plants around the country rely on immigrant labor in their facilities. The Present and Future of Air Travel The Takeaway talks to air travel experts about how the airline industry is changing due to the pandemic. Thousands of Cruise Crew Members Stuck at Sea Because of COVID-19...more

  • Coastal Communities Weigh Health Risks as Public Beaches Open 2020-05-26

    May 26 2020

    Coastal Communities Weigh Health Risks as Public Beaches Open As beaches and other outdoor spaces around the country open to the public, it's worth asking: is there a way to enjoy these spaces responsibly during a pandemic? What COVID-19 Looks Like in Indonesia We head over to Indonesia, where the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been steadily growing, while cases in other parts of Southeast Asia have been decreasing.   COVID-19 Gives New Urgency to Doctors Running for Office COVID-19 ...more

  • The Military's Role During COVID-19 2020-05-25

    May 25 2020

    The Military's Role During COVID-19 Can the Department of Defense effectively battle a virus while maintaining U.S combat capabilities?  How We Remember Those We've Lost The Takeaway, along with Death, Sex & Money, asked for listener memories and stories about the people they’ve lost during the COVID-19 crisis. The Art of the Obituary in the Age of COVID-19 In the absence of traditional mourning rituals like funerals, the obituary pages are becoming a communal space for us to grieve together...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How Social Psychology Influences Political Behavior

    May 22 2020

    How Political Identities Have Become About What We Hate Instead of What We Love Individual reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and the public health restrictions that have accompanied it have underscored how powerful negative partisanship can be in the formation of political opinions. In past crises, national shocks have urged partisans to put aside their personal grievances in pursuit of the greater good, but today, that doesn't seem to be the case.  A look at how the perception of risk influ...more

  • Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay 2020-05-21

    May 21 2020

    Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay Major companies like Amazon and Kroger will soon end the hazard pay raises they have been giving to essential workers.  Dating in the Time of COVID-19 As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19? EPA Rushing to Finalize Rule Change on Lead in Drinking Water The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a maj...more

  • Is COVID-19 Complicating Disaster Preparedness? 2020-05-20

    May 20 2020

    Is COVID-19 Complicating Disaster Preparedness? As the U.S. struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, experts worry about the impact on disaster preparedness as hurricane and wildfire seasons approach.   Why Are Insurers Denying Claims from Struggling Businesses? Business interruption insurance claims are being denied by insurers causing business owners to file lawsuits and look to state governments for help. How Contact Tracing Can Help Contain the Spread of COVID-19 Health offic...more

  • Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19? 2020-05-19

    May 19 2020

    Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19? Restaurants in some states are reopening for dine-in service, but ongoing shifts in how they do business are resulting in massive losses for the food service industry. What Images Will Define the COVID-19 Pandemic? Each day, we’re confronted by numbers, information, and images reminding us of the infectious disease’s toll around the world.  Locusts, Floods, and Coronavirus: The Crises in East Africa The swarms of locusts are leading to fears of ...more

  • Trump Administration Puts a Strain on Health Care Systems Abroad by Continuing Deportations 2020-05-18

    May 18 2020

    Trump Administration Puts a Strain on Health Care Systems Abroad by Continuing Deportations Even as immigration into the U.S. has virtually ground to a halt, the Trump administration has continued deporting large numbers of ICE detainees. How Quarantine Could Be Affecting Your Sleep Changes in your circadian rhythm, anxiety, sense of isolation, and lack of a normal routine could all be leading to your irregular sleep. The Loved Ones Supporting Essential Workers As essential workers continue to k...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How California is Preparing for the General Election During the Pandemic

    May 15 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a serious toll on not only our health, but on the economic well-being of cities and states across the country. As leaders grapple with how best protect the health of their constituents in addition to mitigating the economic fall out caused by stay-at-home orders, preparation for future elections is in front of mind. Recently, California became the first state to modify its plans for the general election after Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that...more

  • Pregnant People Are Turning to Midwives During Pandemic 2020-05-14

    May 14 2020

    Pregnant People Are Turning to Midwives During Pandemic Midwives are seeing a surge in demand across the country, but in some states, there are restrictions in place preventing people from accessing their services.   Major League Baseball Owners Push to Play Ball in Early July This week, reports emerged that Major League Baseball is hoping to start its season in early July, meaning players and ballpark staff may have to weigh significant health concerns.  What the Poll Numbers Mean for Trump and...more

  • How Labor Organizing Can Help Women and People of Color Unemployed Due to COVID-19 2020-05-13

    May 13 2020

    How Labor Organizing Can Help Women and People of Color Unemployed Due to COVID-19 The economic crisis has disproportionately hurt women and people of color. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Reopening and What's Next Denver Mayor Michael Hancock explains what precautions were taken into consideration before beginning to reopen the city last week.  Is the U.S. Experiencing a Megadrought? Some scientists warn that for the first time in centuries, the southwestern U.S. is in the midst of a megadrou...more

  • Combating the Virtual Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation 2020-05-12

    May 12 2020

    Combating the Virtual Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation The spread of misinformation at a time like this can be costly. DeVos Quietly Releases New Rules on Campus Sexual Assault Amid Pandemic Many advocacy organizations are unsurprisingly concerned about the impact this will have on survivors coming forward. Why Maternity Wards Are Disappearing from Black Neighborhoods Experts worry that as the coronavirus pandemic continues, maternity care deserts could become a nationwide trend. Movie Therapy...more

  • What Happens to Unsheltered People When the Pandemic Has Passed? 2020-05-11

    May 11 2020

    What Happens to Unsheltered People When the Pandemic Has Passed?  The fixes cities are implementing, including moving people who are experiencing homelessness to hotels, are largely temporary. What Little Richard, Andre Harrell, and Betty Wright Meant for the Music Industry The music industry was dealt a serious blow this weekend with the loss of three icons. 'Economic Viruses Were Already at Work Before Coronavirus': A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West Dr. Cornel West discusses COVID-19, the sh...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: A Look at Phase One of North Carolina's Plan to Reopen

    May 08 2020

    The White House has deferred to states about reopening their economies. This week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that his state would move to phase one of their plan to reopen. Phase one will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May, 8th. While the stay-at-home order will still be in effect, there will no longer be a distinction between essential and non-essential businesses.  Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, shares what metrics the s...more

  • COVID-19 Protesters: A Look at the American Legacy of Demanding Freedom at the Expense of Others 2020-05-07

    May 07 2020

    COVID-19 Protesters: A Look at the American Legacy of Demanding Freedom at the Expense of Others  Protesters are calling for their freedom to be restored, while disregarding how this could impact the vulnerable communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.  How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19 Although many kids seem to avoid serious cases of COVID-19, they aren’t immune to the psychological effects of the crisis. Kids Tell Us: What's Hard and What's Great About Being Home So Much W...more

  • How Social Distancing is Exacerbating Feelings of Loneliness for Some Elderly Americans 2020-05-06

    May 06 2020

    How Social Distancing is Exacerbating Feelings of Loneliness for Some Elderly Americans For many elderly people living in long-term care facilities or on their own, social distancing rules are likely leading to increased feelings of loneliness.  Lessons Learned from the 1918 Flu Pandemic It’s the deadliest pandemic in recent history, with at least 50 million deaths worldwide.  Brazil’s President is Actively Undermining Public Health Efforts to Fight COVID-19 For weeks, since COVID-19 began spre...more

  • More and More People in Jails and Prisons Are Dying of COVID-19 2020-05-05

    May 05 2020

    More and More People in Jails and Prisons Are Dying of COVID-19 Testing in facilities is inconsistent around the country. But the majority of those tested are positive for the virus. Private Prison Company's Special Operations Unit Pepper Sprayed Immigrant Detainees. They Joked About it Online. The immigrant detainees were pepper-sprayed twice in a two-week timespan amid the pandemic. What U.S. States Can Learn from Georgia's Reopening More and more states are relaxing measures put in place bec...more

  • Is the U.S. Ready to Reopen? 2020-05-04

    May 04 2020

    Is the U.S. Ready to Reopen? Across the country, states are starting to relax restrictions put in place because of COVID-19, even as the death toll surpasses 67,000. Biden Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations After Weeks of Silence It’s been one month since Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer, publicly accused Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993.  Why COVID-19 is So Deadly in Long-Term Care Facilities More than 16,000 residents a...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Return of Big Government

    May 01 2020

    The Great Depression, 9/11, and the 2008 financial crisis dealt serious shocks to the nation and resulted in the expansion of government.  When a crisis happens, leaders in Washington try to mitigate financial ruin and to boost morale which often results in the creation of programs that have a lasting impact. The creation of Homeland Security, unemployment benefits, and new regulations on banks have stemmed from national disasters. The coronavirus pandemic is no exception as more than 30 million...more

  • How Big Tech is Thriving During COVID-19 2020-04-30

    Apr 30 2020

    How Big Tech is Thriving During COVID-19 While most financial sectors have been devastated by COVID-19, big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are weathering the storm pretty well. Cannabis Companies Struggling During COVID-19 Are Ineligible for Federal Relief One industry that is not feeling the benefits of that bailout is the cannabis industry. How will the industry survive the pandemic? Grief is Everywhere in the Age of COVID-19 People often think about grief in respon...more

  • The Challenges of Parenting During a Pandemic 2020-04-29

    Apr 29 2020

    The Challenges of Parenting During a Pandemic  Parents are feeling a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety from having to manage working from home while also homeschooling and entertaining their children. Jackson, Mississippi Mayor on Reopening and Suspending Open Carry Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba joined us to talk about Jackson's approach to reopening and why he made an executive order to suspend the open carry of firearms in the city. Ohio Voters Head to the Mailbox Instead of Ballot Box In ...more

  • Puerto Rico Still Lagging Behind on Coronavirus Testing 2020-04-28

    Apr 28 2020

    Puerto Rico Still Lagging Behind on Coronavirus Testing Puerto Rico currently has the lowest per capita testing rate, compared with any U.S. state. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on her Approach to Flatten the Curve As one of the hardest-hit states, Florida had a delayed response in issuing a statewide stay-at-home order.  Grieving in the Time of COVID-19 Of all the things we're trying to adapt to in isolation, grieving might be the most difficult. We’ve asked our listeners to share their stories of lo...more

  • For Black Men, Complying with Face Mask Guidelines Comes with Racial Profiling Risks 2020-04-27

    Apr 27 2020

    For Black Men, Complying with Face Mask Guidelines Comes with Racial Profiling Risks The CDC is urging all Americans to wear face masks when leaving the house. But that’s proved to be a difficult and sometimes dangerous choice for black men in particular. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall Urges Caution Amid Utah Governor's Plans to Reopen Economy Utah Governor Gary Herbert plans to slowly reopen his state in early May. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall joins The Takeaway to respond to the ...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Social Distancing on the Campaign Trail

    Apr 24 2020

    Rallies, conventions, and press conferences were once the primary method for campaigns to connect with voters. The coronavirus pandemic has forced politicians and strategists to rethink how they approach campaigning. Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama in 2012, and Matt Rhoades, campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012, share how campaigns will need to rely heavily on digital efforts. Recent graduates seeking to get involved in field campaigns have also had to sh...more

  • What Happens to Health Care Workers Who Speak Out? 2020-04-23

    Apr 23 2020

    What Happens to Health Care Workers Who Speak Out? In the U.S., some hospitals are disciplining health care workers who speak publicly about their concerns. The Mayor of Savannah Opposes Georgia Governor's Aggressive Reopening Plan Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has announced a slew of businesses will be able to reopen as soon as Friday. Mayor Van Johnson believes that is far too soon. Environmental Justice in the Age of COVID-19 For years, black people in the U.S. have been dealing with environmen...more

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City's Response to COVID-19 2020-04-22

    Apr 22 2020

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City's Response to COVID-19 We spoke with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about the tough choices ahead. Former Climate Skeptic on How Disinformation on COVID-19 Was Paved by Years of Climate Denial Decades of undermining science related to pollution and climate change has paved the way for the denial of COVID-19. Immigration Ban: How Trump is Using COVID-19 to Further Restrict Entry into the U.S. The latest ban on green card holders is ju...more

  • Ten Years After Deepwater Explosion, the U.S. Isn't Equipped to Handle Another Disaster of its Magnitude 2020-04-21

    Apr 21 2020

    Ten Years After Deepwater Explosion, the U.S. Isn't Equipped to Handle Another Disaster of its Magnitude On April 20th, 2010, a drilling rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  Montana Judge Revokes Permit on Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline A judge in Montana has canceled a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that’s expected to stretch from Canada to Nebraska. The Paycheck Protection Program is Failing to Help ...more

  • How the Spread of COVID-19 Could Impacted the Treatment of Other Global Diseases 2020-04-20

    Apr 20 2020

    How the Spread of COVID-19 Could Impacted the Treatment of Other Global Diseases As the treatment of COVID-19 takes precedent throughout the world, some experts worry that other global health initiatives will fall to the wayside.  The Pandemic is a Mass Traumatic Event The coronavirus pandemic could leave millions of people with post-traumatic stress disorder, from first responders on the ground to those forced to quarantine at home. Does Biden's Climate Plan Go Far Enough To Win Over Progressiv...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How Coronavirus Will Hurt those Attempting to Enter the Workforce

    Apr 17 2020

    It's hard to know how the coronavirus pandemic will permanently alter the fabric of society. So far, 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the last month of social distancing. This week, Politics with Amy Walter looks at the impact the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 will have on a generation that was just starting to find their footing.  Hannes Schwandt, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, shares how cohorts unlucky enough t...more

  • The Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Postal Service 2020-04-16

    Apr 16 2020

    The Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Postal Service What could become of the USPS during this pandemic if they're not bailed out? Frustrations Mount as Cuomo and De Blasio Publicly Disagree Over NYC School Closures On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his city's school system would remain closed for the rest of the academic year, reopening a feud with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden Explained Tara Reade, a former Senate aid...more

  • False-negatives from COVID-19 Tests are Not Just About Testing Accuracy 2020-04-15

    Apr 15 2020

    False-negatives from COVID-19 Tests are Not Just About Testing Accuracy False-negatives can be caused by a host of factors, including the best practices for administering them.  State Policies May Give People with Disabilities Lower Priority for COVID-19 Care A new investigation from the Center for Public Integrity shows that people with disabilities may not be able to access ventilators amid the pandemic. 2020 WNBA Virtual Draft: Everything You Need to Know This Friday, ESPN will host the WNBA ...more

  • Farmers Scramble to Stay Profitable Amid Disruptions to the Food Industry 2020-04-14

    Apr 14 2020

    Farmers Scramble to Stay Profitable Amid Disruptions to the Food Industry Many farms around the country are still producing plenty of food but with restaurants closed or scaled back, farmers are figuring out how to sell their product to stay afloat. Farmworkers Keeping America Fed During COVID-19 are Worried About Their Health Farmworkers are put in a precarious position by COVID-19. Workers around the country are worried about their own health and safety, as they continue to harvest the food we...more

  • When Home Isn't Safe: Shelter-In-Place for Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse 2020-04-13

    Apr 13 2020

    When Home Isn't Safe: Shelter-In-Place for Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse  We’re staying home to keep ourselves and each other safe. But what if home isn’t safe at all? What Does Recovery from COVID-19 Mean? As thousands of people around the world continue to get sick from COVID-19, many are also recovering. FDA Relaxes Blood Donation Restrictions for Men Who Have Sex With Men Amid COVID-19 The FDA has reduced the amount of time men have to wait to donate blood after having sex wit...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: React or Prepare? How to Handle a Crisis

    Apr 10 2020

    The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented but history is often a helpful guide. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Obama administration, and Andy Card, Secretary of the Department of Transportation for President George H.W. Bush and White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, describe what it's like to govern during a crisis. Plus, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Executive Director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense Dr. A...more

  • Privacy Concerns Mount as Coronavirus Spreads 2020-04-09

    Apr 09 2020

    Privacy Concerns Mount as Coronavirus Spreads Around the world, privacy advocates are sounding the alarm on heightened surveillance measures that have popped up amid the ongoing pandemic.  Senator Bernie Sanders is Out of the Race. What Does This Mean for November? Vice President Joe Biden is likely to become the Democratic Party's nominee for the presidential race. In New Jersey, COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise The Takeaway speaks to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy about how COVID-19 is playing...more

  • "In a Strange Way It's More Intimate": Recovery From Addiction During COVID-19 2020-04-08

    Apr 08 2020

    "In a Strange Way It's More Intimate": Recovery From Addiction During COVID-19 People in recovery from addiction have seen their support systems, including meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous, disappear or change. Wisconsin Voters Head to the Polls Despite Coronavirus Concerns For weeks, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tried to postpone the elections and extend the deadline for mail-in ballots.  How to Get Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Feeling frustrated? We talk to a legal aid...more

  • COVID-19: Detroit's Black Community is Disproportionately Falling Ill and Dying 2020-04-07

    Apr 07 2020

    COVID-19: Detroit's Black Community is Disproportionately Falling Ill and Dying A journalist and Detroit native tells us about this moment in her city. Trump Continues to Promote Hydroxychloroquine as a Treatment for COVID-19 Despite Lack of Evidence White House health adviser and infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has called the evidence supporting the use of the drug "anecdotal." COVID-19 is Changing How We Mourn Around the country, the funeral industry is struggling to keep up with the ...more

  • What COVID-19 Means for the American South 2020-04-06

    Apr 06 2020

    What COVID-19 Means for the American South What was initially contained to the coasts is now starting to engulf the rest of the country, including states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia.  COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer: Early Data Shows African Americans Are Dying at Higher Rates Early data shows black people are being infected and dying at higher rates than other communities. Joking from a Distance: Ziwe Fumudoh on Processing Trauma Through Comedy Ziwe Fumudoh, a writer for Showtime’s De...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: A Primary Election During a Pandemic

    Apr 03 2020

    The Latest:  BREAKING: Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issues order delaying Tuesday’s presidential primary election until June because of the coronavirus pandemic; court challenge expected. https://t.co/9l3Ui0tZZ4 — The Associated Press (@AP) April 6, 2020 NOTE: This is an evolving story, our Politics host Amy Walter be keeping up with it and tweeting her analysis throughout the weekend. You can find Amy at @amyewalter or click her Twitter thread below for all of the latest:  Just now...more

  • Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities 2020-04-02

    Apr 02 2020

    Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities In American Indian communities, the coronavirus outbreak has exposed a number of longstanding public health inequities. What's the Role of Palliative Care During a Pandemic? Before the spread of COVID-19, palliative care was already in short supply.  The Challenges India Faces Amid Coronavirus Lockdown Last week, India followed the lead of many countries facing the coronavirus pandemic by locking down the country.  Joking fro...more

  • "An Open License To Pollute": EPA Relaxes Regulations Citing Coronavirus 2020-04-01

    Apr 01 2020

    "An Open License To Pollute": EPA Relaxes Regulations Citing Coronavirus  The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it is relaxing environmental regulations for companies including factories and power plants. How African Americans, and African Immigrants, Are Fighting Against Undercounts The 2020 census will have a significant impact on the distribution of political, and economic, resources for years to come. But the rollout has been mired in controversy and confusion. In Latest Mo...more

  • Albany, Georgia, is an Unlikely Hotspot for COVID-19 2020-03-31

    Mar 31 2020

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  • The Looming Crisis of COVID-19 in America's Jails and Prisons 2020-03-30

    Mar 30 2020

    The Looming Crisis of COVID-19 in America's Jails and Prisons  A coronavirus outbreak in the correctional system could cause chaos for thousands of inmates across the country. Emissions Are Going Down Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, What Does That Mean for Climate Change? Are there unintended climate benefits from the coronavirus pandemic? Or is this just a temporary dip in emissions that will be inconsequential in the long run? Joking from a Distance: Roy Wood Jr. on Fundraising for Comedy V...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: How COVID-19 has Changed Small Business

    Mar 27 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on every aspect of life. Hospitals and health care workers are overwhelmed as the number of those infected grows every day. The global economy has been upended and entire industries have come to a halt leaving millions without jobs. As Americans wait for a coordinated federal response, small business owners are running out of resources to keep their livelihoods afloat and their employees on the payroll. Lenore Estrada is the founder of Three Babes Bakesh...more

  • Faith Communities Find Creative Ways to Congregate Amid Pandemic 2020-03-26

    Mar 26 2020

    Faith Communities Find Creative Ways to Congregate Amid Pandemic Places of worship are transitioning to creative ways of holding services that protect their congregations from the spread of the coronavirus. What COVID-19 Means for VA Clinics in the U.S. For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has had to deal with crisis after crisis. As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the VA is once again finding itself in hot water.  Joking from a Distance: Maria Bamford on Workshopping New Material...more

  • The Big Challenges Latin America Faces with Coronavirus 2020-03-25

    Mar 25 2020

    The Big Challenges Latin America Faces with Coronavirus In Latin America, the reported number of cases has remained low, and not all governments are taking precautions. Some leaders don’t seem to be taking the risks very seriously, either.  How Coronavirus is Affecting the Primaries As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the campaign for President of the United States. But it looks different than just a few weeks ago. Online Games Like Animal Crossing are Giving People Ways to Still Gath...more

  • How Effectively is the Media Covering Trump's Handling of COVID-19? 2020-03-24

    Mar 24 2020

    How Effectively is the Media Covering Trump's Handling of COVID-19? Most television and radio news outlets are airing President Trump's coronavirus press briefings, despite the president's tendency to put out misleading information. Immigration Advocates Call on ICE to Release Detainees Immigration advocates and attorneys have called on ICE to release migrants and asylum seekers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19.  Nurses Call for More Protective Gear, Training in the U.S.  In some parts of...more

  • Across the Globe, Health Care Workers Are On the Front Lines of Pandemic 2020-03-23

    Mar 23 2020

    Across the Globe, Health Care Workers Are On the Front Lines of Pandemic In the U.S., health care workers are sounding the alarm on severe equipment shortages in the country. COVID-19: Are Rural Hospitals Prepared for the Pandemic? For years, rural healthcare facilities have struggled to stay afloat. How COVID-19 is Putting More Strain on Homeless Shelters The rapid acceleration of coronavirus is stressing an already overcrowded shelter system.  How Sex Workers Are Impacted by COVID-19 A look at...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Governing, the Economy, and Coronavirus

    Mar 20 2020

    This week, a look at the way coronavirus is reshaping our worldview. Louisiana was the first state to postpone their primary contest as a result of the ongoing public health pandemic. Several states have since followed its lead. Louisiana's Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin joins Politics to explain the reasoning behind the decision to move their primary. The global economy has slowed considerably as communities attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus. Economist and Howard University profes...more

  • Amazon's Sales Are Up But Their Workers Don't Feel Safe 2020-03-19

    Mar 19 2020

    Amazon's Sales Are Up But Their Workers Don't Feel Safe Americans are hunkering down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As people spend more time at home trying to avoid contact, they’re also shopping online more. In Africa, Number of Reported Coronavirus Cases is On the Rise On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said Africa should “prepare for the worst” as the disease continues to spread across the region. Keep Calm and Stream On Let’s talk about entertainment in the age of COVID-19....more

  • Puerto Rico's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020-03-18

    Mar 18 2020

    Puerto Rico's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Governor Wanda Vazquez has issued stricter guidelines to citizens on the island than we have seen anywhere on the mainland U.S., with a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. How Much Will Workers Benefit from a Congressional Stimulus Package? From paid sick leave to $1,000 checks, The Takeaway looks at what potential stimulus packages from Congress could mean for workers across the country. DOJ Drops Charges Against Russian Firms Implicated in 2016 Elect...more

  • The Takeaway Answers Your Coronavirus Questions 2020-03-17

    Mar 17 2020

    The Takeaway Answers Your Coronavirus Questions The Takeaway gave your questions to two people who have been following this pandemic closely.  Keep Calm and Shop On People across the nation may be noticing empty shelves in supermarkets, but experts say don't panic, there's enough food for all. The Best Artists Who Won't Get Their Big Breaks at This Year's SXSW Austin’s South by Southwest festival is one of many cultural events that was called off this year due to COVID-19, meaning that a number ...more

  • Can Travel Bans Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus? 2020-03-16

    Mar 16 2020

    Can Travel Bans Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus?  What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Our Mental Health As the U.S. and other countries struggle to contain COVID-19, there’s an epidemic of another sort taking place: mass anxiety. Local Officials Ease Water Shut-off Rules Amid Coronavirus Pandemic As the spread of the coronavirus continues across the U.S., leaders in some cities are taking action to make sure all residents have access to running water. NASA is Accepting Applications for Ne...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Politics of Coronavirus

    Mar 13 2020

    Coronavirus has caused the cancellation of major sporting events, religious services, and other mass gatherings. It's even forced presidential contenders to rethink the way they campaign as people begin self-isolating. This week, Politics with Amy Walter takes a look at how the pandemic is reverberating across politics. Michigan will have an outsized role come November. This is why Biden's performance in the swing state mattered a great deal during Tuesday's primary where he won every county in ...more

  • As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation 2020-03-12

    Mar 12 2020

    As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation President Trump addresses the nation as the threat of the coronavirus grows. For Low-Income Americans, Coronavirus is Difficult to Avoid Though nobody is immune to coronavirus, it is expected to have a disproportionate impact on lower-income communities.  How the Coronavirus is Affecting Washington's Homeless Population Washington State is dealing with one of the most serious COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. One popul...more

  • Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak 2020-03-11

    Mar 11 2020

    Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak The death toll there has now reached more than 600, with a total of roughly 10,000 cases. Is the Coronavirus Changing How We Look At Public Spaces? More public spaces and events continue to close as the number of coronavirus cases increase, creating a fearful atmosphere in these areas. Primary Results Are In and Joe Biden Leads Joe Biden once again has a stellar turnout, this could almost ensure his nomination as the Democratic c...more

  • Bernie Sanders Dominates in the Muslim Vote 2020-03-10

    Mar 10 2020

    Bernie Sanders Dominates in the Muslim Vote  It’s the second big contest of the Democratic primary and there’s a lot at stake. For Bernie Sanders, it’s a chance to show that he’s still competitive in this primary.  'A Day Without Us': Mexican Women Strike to Protest Femicide Women in Mexico's capital turned out for one of the largest protests in years on International Women's Day to call attention to gender-based violence. The Environmental Impact of Plastic Bag Bans On Sunday, New York’s ban on...more

  • Communities of Faith Grapple With the Coronavirus 2020-03-09

    Mar 09 2020

    Communities of Faith Grapple With the Coronavirus As the coronavirus continues to spread around the country and the world, places of worship are grappling with how to continue their services, while also protecting their congregations. Trump Appoints Rep. Mark Meadows to Chief of Staff Outgoing Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina will take over as chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney who has been acting in that role since January 2019.  What Elizabeth Warren Means for the Future of W...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: Super Tuesday and Beyond

    Mar 06 2020

    Joe Biden, the one-time frontrunner turned underdog is now the frontrunner again. While Bernie Sanders, the one-time underdog turned frontrunner, is once again in the fight for his political survival. We hear from various constituencies across the Democratic spectrum about how they're feeling now that the race has narrowed. Our voices include Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, Domingo Garcia, national president of LULAC, Lanae Erickson, senior vice president at Third Way, and Aracely Jime...more

  • How Will the Coronavirus Affect Schools? 2020-03-05

    Mar 05 2020

    How Will the Coronavirus Affect Schools? Some countries have already shut school doors and sent all students home to wait out the virus. Can closing schools help contain this outbreak?  As October Deadline Approaches, U.S. Residents Scramble to Get Real IDs U.S. residents will need a Real ID, or another form of federally compliant identification, to fly domestically or to enter federal buildings starting this October.  In Developing Countries, Space Programs Take Flight Countries like Ethiopia,...more

  • Super Tuesday Brings Democratic Primary into Sharper Focus 2020-03-04

    Mar 04 2020

    Super Tuesday Brings Democratic Primary into Sharper Focus Joe Biden had a dominant showing on Super Tuesday, meaning that the shape of the race for the Democratic nomination is finally coming into focus. Abortion Is Back Before the Supreme Court Today, oral arguments begin in the Supreme Court for June Medical Services v. Russo. Census 2020: How Native American Officials Are Working Towards an Accurate Count During the 2010 census, Native Americans living on tribal lands were dramatically under...more

  • What Pete Buttigieg's Candidacy Means for LGBTQ Representation 2020-03-03

    Mar 03 2020

    What Pete Buttigieg's Candidacy Means for LGBTQ Representation On Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg left the presidential race.  Why Many Restaurant Workers Will Go to Work Sick   For many restaurant workers, taking a sick day could mean losing wages, or worse. What Does the U.S.-Afghanistan Peace Deal Mean for Afghan Women's Rights?  The U.S. signed a deal with Afghanistan over the weekend that signals the end of the longest war in American history. 18-years of conflict in...more

  • The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does the Misinformation 2020-03-02

    Mar 02 2020

    The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does The Misinformation The coronavirus keeps spreading. The first two U.S. deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend in Washington State. A Census Expert Answers Your Questions  The nationwide rollout of the 2020 census is just weeks away. The Takeaway answers your lingering questions.  Why Aren't More Jewish Voters Supporting Bloomberg and Sanders? It is the first time in history there are two Jewish candidates running for president, yet neither M...more

  • Politics with Amy Walter: The Final Early State

    Feb 28 2020

    On Saturday, primary voters in South Carolina will decide which nominee has earned their votes. While Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead of his rivals in the state, his lackluster performance in Iowa and New Hampshire has called into question his electability. Just a few days later, national attention will shift toward the 14 states casting ballots on Super Tuesday. Darren Sands of BuzzFeed News, Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight, and Meg Kinnard of AP join Politics to discuss. Voters in Te...more