Full episode - 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 influences our political behavior and the impact it has on public opinion. Guests: - Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School - Lynn Vavreck, Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times Georgia's Reopening Last month, Georgia became one of the first states to begin easing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The decision was criticized by health officials as moving too quickly and risking a potential surge in cases. Across the state, citizens, business owners, and mayors hold mixed feelings regarding how Governor Brian Kemp has approached the public health crisis. While many governors across the U.S. have seen a bump in approval for their handling of the crisis, just 39% approved of Governor Kemp's handling of the pandemic.  A look at how Georgia residents and business owners are navigating the reopening and what they need to see before they decide to participate.  Guests: - Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute - David Bradley, President and CEO of the Athens Chamber of Commerce  Back to School Parents can't go back to work if they're also responsible for co-teaching and childcare throughout the day. Any return to normalcy for families across the U.S. will be impossible without schools reopening. And while online learning has become the norm, it's exacerbated inequality as having a computer and reliable internet access have become precursors to learning from home.  A look at how schools in Colorado are approaching what a return might look like and the steps that would be necessary to get students back in the classroom.  Guest: Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado
Full episode - 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 major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead. "All We Can Do Is Stay Positive": How Chicano Batman Connects with Fans in Quarantine The L.A.-based band, Chicano Batman, discusses their new album "Invisible People."
Full episode - 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 officials have stressed that in order to reopen states safely, the number of contact tracers in the U.S. needs to increase drastically. Understanding New Zealand's Effective COVID-19 Response New Zealand has been heralded as a success story in how it's handled COVID-19, but its success is hard to replicate elsewhere.
Full episode - 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 famine in the region, where response to COVID-19 is already stretched thin. Treating Patients and Engaging in Activism: A Doctor's Balancing Act Activists, attorneys, and doctors ring the alarm on dangerous conditions in ICE custody.
Full episode - 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 keep us all going, we hear from a few people who are supporting them. Sweden's Coronavirus Strategy Sweden has taken a different approach than most countries to the coronavirus  outbreak and has avoided large shutdowns. How is that strategy working?
Full episode - 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 said the state's 20 million-plus registered voters would receive ballots in the mail. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla explains the logistics behind getting ballots to voters and what precautions will be taken for those who need to vote in person. John Myers, the Sacramento Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times, shares why it's so easy to vote absentee in the state. David Wasserman, House editor for The Cook Political Report, dissects what a primarily vote-by-mail election looks like and uses the special election in the state's 25th District as a case study.  In April, Wisconsin held its primary and local elections in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Many voters who did not receive their absentee ballots in time had to choose between risking their health to vote in person or not voting at all. This week, the state's Supreme Court struck down the stay-at-home order signed by Democratic Governor Tony Evers in March. Amy shares her thoughts on the partial reopening. Heather Long, economics correspondent at The Washington Post, and Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan, explain what the economic downturn means for small businesses and the American middle class long-term. 
Full episode - 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 November Amy Walter, host of Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, helped break down the latest approval rating polls.  First-Generation Graduates Take the Virtual Stage During a global pandemic, with stay-at-home orders in place, graduation this year is looking quite different.
Full episode - 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 megadrought. 'I Can't Imagine Not Having Live Theater': Local Theaters Chart Plans for Survival Amid COVID-19 Communities that depend on local performing arts theaters have temporarily lost essential spaces to come together and interact with one another.
Full episode - 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 for the Soul Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, co-hosts of Movie Therapy, share their recommendations to soothe and distract us right now.
Full episode - 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 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, and the 2020 elections.