Full episode - August 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 populate our screens may not all be there by the time we go to bed does not mean there's something sinister going on.  Caitlin Conant, Political Director of CBS News and Rick Klein, the Political Director of ABC News describe how they're preparing both their newsrooms and the American people for election night.   This week, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would join him on the Democratic presidential ballot as his vice president. Black women have been among the most loyal supporters of the Democratic Party, even though they're underrepresented in positions of power within the party. The Biden-Harris ticket is historic, especially as notable women in media and politics announced that they would be paying special attention to the way the media covers them. Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama reacts to the news.  On this show, we've been following how elections and campaigns have changed because of the pandemic. Among the most notable differences is the way campaigns interact with voters since large gatherings have been discouraged. Americans for Prosperity Action, a conservative organization linked to the Koch network, is knocking on doors in swing states in support of Republicans running in senate and congressional races. Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, shares what he's learning from voters at the doors.
Full episode - August 12, 2020
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Full episode - August 10, 2020
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Full episode - August 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 stopping the pandemic.  With no certainty to the end of the pandemic, many are relying on a vaccine as the only way back to the way things were but even a vaccine comes with its own set of issues. Finding a way to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine in addition to convincing Americans that it is safe and effective could be an uphill battle. Communicating transparently is especially important with communities of color who have been disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus.   Guests: Umair Irfan, Staff Writer at Vox Carolyn Johnson, Science Reporter at The Washington Post Dr. Jesse Goodman, Professor at Georgetown University and the Former Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum
Full episode - August 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 become the focal point of discussions around who Joe Biden will choose as a running mate. With this attention and scrutiny has come criticism and attacks, many from within the Democratic Party itself, which fall along familiar lines of racism and sexism.  Guests: Kimberly Peeler-Allen, visiting practitioner at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University Aimee Allison, is founder and president of She the People
Full episode - August 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 former guest David Lat on his experience recovering from COVID-19. The Revolutionary Roots of Black August This week marked the start of Black August, the month-long commemoration of Black resistance that dates back to the 1970s.  California Struggles to Fight Wildfires Admist Pandemic California is facing its largest wildfire since the deadly 2018 Camp Fire—and this time the pandemic is posing new challenges.
Full episode - August 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 90s dying in their 30s and 40s. Activists See Progress in Fight to Halt Surgeries for Intersex Children Last week, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago became the first major hospital in the country to officially halt genital surgeries for intersex children.