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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Minneapolis is celebrating after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter. Activists and politicians say now is the time to push for more police reform. President Joe Biden reacted to the verdict by renewing his call to address racial discrimination in policing and the criminal justice system.
Apr 21
13 min
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Jurors will continue deliberating today after weeks of testimony and evidence were wrapped up by the prosecution and the defense yesterday. NPR has pieced together the story of how one of the most audacious cyber hacks in recent memory was carried out by Russia last year. And, intense fighting in northwest Ethiopia is fueling a humanitarian crisis including serious war crimes.
Apr 20
16 min
Monday, April 19, 2021
Minneapolis is preparing for a verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin as closing arguments begin today. Alexei Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, is reportedly dying in a Russian prison as he continues his hunger strike. And, vaccine eligibility is open to all adults across the country, but some states are still seeing unfilled appointments.
Apr 18
13 min
BONUS: India's Farmer Protest
This bonus episode is about India. Currently home to the one of the largest protests in modern history. Tens of thousands of farmers across the country are demanding that the government revoke a series of reforms that will change India's agricultural sector. NPR's Planet Money podcast follows a farmer who jumped into the free market 25 years before these laws were passed, and whose story serves as an example of both the prospects and the perils of liberalization.
Apr 17
22 min
Saturday, April 17, 2021
More protests and and outpouring of grief over police shootings of Black and Latino Americans. As the country opens up vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 16, authorities keep the administration of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus on pause as they review cases of rare blood clots associated with the shot. President Biden talks global security and threats with Japan's prime minister, with much of the discussion focusing on China.
Apr 17
15 min
Friday, April 16, 2021
The release bodycam footage of the fatal police shooting of a 13 year old in Chicago sparks protests. The prosecution and the defense will present their closing arguments to the jury in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. And, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could leave the country vulnerable to becoming a safe haven for terrorist groups.
Apr 16
14 min