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July 2, 2020
The summer blockbuster movie season will be a bit different this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Theaters are out, streaming is in, and the drive-in has come back into vogue. We’ll go behind the curtain and help direct you to the best of what the silver screen has to offer in the coming months. Shawn Edwards and Alissa Wilkerson join Anthony Brooks.
July 2, 2020
The Republican Party is falling into dangerous traps that could cost the party elections for a generation. At least, that’s the premise of Harvard Professor Thomas Patterson’s new book “Is the Republican Party Destroying Itself?” We’ll talk to him, plus Republicans who have a different vision for the future of the GOP. Thomas Patterson, Tim Miller, Matt Gorman and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.
July 1, 2020
The Trump Administration has rolled back, or attempted to roll back, dozens of environmental rules, including regulations on emissions and air quality standards. We’ll touch on some of them and how they likely exacerbate existing health inequality. Gina McCarthy, Kendra Pierre-Louis and Dr. Georges Benjamin join Anthony Brooks.
July 1, 2020
The presidency is not the only election this year. In the Senate, just a few seats could tip the majority from red to blue come November. We’ll check in with competitive races across the country. Jack Beatty, Steve Mistler, Dawn Baumgarten Vaughan, Phillip Bailey, Brianne Pfannenstiel and Caitlyn Kim join Anthony Brooks.
June 30, 2020
We look at the experience of domestic and home health care workers who are among the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Ai-jen Poo and Rep. Ro Khanna join Anthony Brooks.
June 30, 2020
Who will Joe Biden select as his running mate? We assess his short list of candidates. Christopher Devine, Rep. Wendy Brawley, Milton Kent and Steve Phillips join Anthony Brooks.
June 29, 2020
Children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson has written over 30 books, often focused on race and identity in America. We get her take on the current moment and talk about the never-ending power of story. Jacqueline Woodson joins Anthony Brooks.
June 29, 2020
The pandemic and the protests for racial justice will certainly have an impact on the November election. We dig into what the next few months of unconventional campaigning will look like. Whit Ayres, Joel Payne and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.
June 26, 2020
Past pandemics changed the way of life in cities around the world. We look at how city features were inspired by history's worst disease outbreaks. Brian Melican and Kimberly Dowdell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 26, 2020
It’s the week in review. Justice Department officials testify in Congress, the House passes a police reform bill and COVID-19 cases spike in the United States. Darlene Superville, Rick Berke and Nancy Cordes join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 25, 2020
Recovering from COVID-19. Millions of Americans have had the disease. Some people suffer from long-term medical conditions. So what does recovery actually look like? Ed Yong and Dr. Mafuzur Rahman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 25, 2020
The Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks had just completed a course in de-escalation. Why was his instinct to shoot? We have an in-depth examination of police training. Jamiles Lartey and Seth Stoughton join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 24, 2020
From political polarization, to rising inequality, to the immediate crisis of the pandemic and police violence, faith in our civic institutions is under fire. A new report takes a hard look at the state of American democracy and considers how to fix it. Danielle Allen and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 24, 2020
More than 50 years ago, the Kerner Commission Report laid bare the racism that led to uprisings in the 1960s. We look back at the lessons of that moment and the missed opportunities since. Fred Harris and Elizabeth Hinton join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 23, 2020
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt joins us for a chat about parenting, loss, his many projects and keeping humor alive through a pandemic. Patton Oswalt joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 23, 2020
A newly energized push for reparations for descendants of enslaved people. We dig into specific proposals and examples of reparations already in place. William Darity and Carlous Hall join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 22, 2020
Professor, author and preacher Michael Eric Dyson has spent his life’s work grappling with the concept of race in America. And he says he’s more hopeful now than ever before. We talk with him. Michael Eric Dyson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 22, 2020
We discuss the controversy surrounding the firing of Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Plus, we break down the message from President Trump’s Tulsa rally this weekend. Paula Reid, Jonathan Turley, Stuart Gerson and Anthony Brooks join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 19, 2020
Celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the push to observe and understand the deeper story of the holiday. Mary Elliott, Michael Twitty and Mark Anthony Neal join Jane Clayson.
June 19, 2020
Dueling police reform bills in Congress, an executive order from President Trump and John Bolton’s new book. We discuss these top stories and more in our week in review. Hayes Brown, Lisa DesJardins and Eugene Scott join Jane Clayson.
June 18, 2020
New York Times business writer Eduardo Porter talks about how racial hostility is impoverishing all Americans. Eduardo Porter and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 18, 2020
Tear gas can't be used by soldiers on the battlefield, so why is it used by police on American streets? We discuss the history and possible future of tear gas. Anna Feigenbaum and Braxton Winston join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 17, 2020
George Mpanga, better known as George the Poet, is a 29-year-old British spoken word artist. His new podcast is a genre-defying mix of music, poetry, storytelling, and personal narrative. We talk to him about his art, his push for social change and this moment now. George the Poet joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 17, 2020
President Trump signs an executive order on policing. We take a look at the order and discuss the administration’s response to a national reckoning with systemic racism. April Ryan, Tracie Keesee and Paul Butler join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 16, 2020
The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on workplace protection for LGBTQ workers. The justices ruled 6-3 that portions of the Civil Rights Act extend to gender identity and sexual orientation. We analyze the historic decision and its impact. Jennifer Finney Boylan, Greg Stohr, Kris Hayashi, Ed Whelan and Sunu Chandy join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 16, 2020
Some states are reopening, while others have reversed course, as protests for racial justice continue across America. We check in around the country. Rose Scott, Luis Hernandez, Lauren Gilger, Casey Martin and Alex Samuels join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 15, 2020
Working from home has become the norm for some these last few months, but will it endure after the pandemic? We explore the future of the virtual workplace. Cal Newport and Nicholas Bloom join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 15, 2020
We talk about personal finances in the pandemic economy and hear what the protests for racial justice say about economic inequality in America. Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 12, 2020
A look at the Strategic National Stockpile. Where is it, what is it? What should it be used for? We talk with the man who was once in charge of the whole thing. Greg Burel and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 12, 2020
We take stock of the week’s biggest stories. George Floyd laid to rest, the Georgia elections mess, the COVID economy and the latest headlines out of the White House. Maria Reeve, Greg Bluestein and Jane Coaston join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 11, 2020
We talk to members of the high school class of 2020 about what it’s like to enter adulthood amid nationwide protests and a pandemic. Sandy Banks, Rafael Escoto, Rohini Madhu, Teoman Tezcan, Antonio Frias, Cammi Tirico and TaVonte Campbell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 11, 2020
In 2013, the city of Camden, New Jersey fired all of its police officers and rebuilt the department. We look at the lessons learned for today. Louis Capelli Jr., April Saul, Ojii BaBa Madi and Nyeema Watson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 10, 2020
We circle back with one of the nation’s leading public health experts about what we know about the coronavirus pandemic as the country continues to reopen for business. Dr. Ashish Jha and Dr. Utibe Essien join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 10, 2020
Black journalists told they can’t cover protests. Racially insensitive headlines. Revolt in newsrooms. We talk about the media’s own internal reckoning with race. Alexis Johnson, Errin Haines and Akilah Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 9, 2020
The call for a modern-day civil rights movement. We talk to two scholars of history about the need for change and healing. David Blight and Lucas Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 9, 2020
In Congress, and across the country, there are calls for the reform of police departments. We look at what that would mean. William Riley, Tracie Keesee and Alondra Cano join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 8, 2020
Former American military leadership has been speaking out against the use of force against protesters. We talk with some of them about why. Gen. Wesley Clark, Col. Larry Wilkerson and Mara Karlin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 8, 2020
Protests over racism and police brutality continue to grip the country. We hear the stories of organizers on the ground. Kwame Rose, Ianne Fields Stewart, Tay Anderson, Oluchi Omeoga and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 5, 2020
Black Americans are disproportionately hard hit by the current loss of jobs. We explore why and what can be done to reverse this trend. Valerie Wilson, Darrick Hamilton and William Darity join Jane Clayson.
June 5, 2020
Across the country, continued protests are met by police and curfews, and President Trump advocates to bring in the military. Our weekly round table digs into the news. Jeff Pegues, Kimberly Atkins and Adam Serwer join Jane Clayson.
June 4, 2020
We are seeing people 'pushed to the edge.' That’s how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes the protests in the Los Angeles Times this week. We speak with the former NBA star. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Stephen Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 4, 2020
People in international cities are protesting George Floyd's death. What's different in this moment that's bringing people to the streets overseas? Vashna Jagarnath, Dan Damon and Borzou Daragahi join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 3, 2020
As protests continue across the United States, we check in directly with Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta to get the latest. Angela Davis, Rose Scott and Sandy Banks join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 3, 2020
Racism and police brutality on the ballot. What messages are black Americans sending to politicians about what they want in November? Rashad Robinson, Cleve Wootson and Anthony Brooks join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 2, 2020
How should parents talk with their children about all they're seeing and experiencing right now? We get some good advice. Christian Cooper, Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 2, 2020
Protests erupt against police brutality and use of force. In many cities, police are responding with even more force. We look at what it means about policing in America. Jeh Johnson, Jamiles Lartey, Jane Castor and Edward Maguire join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 1, 2020
Last week, a white woman called the police on a black birdwatcher in Central Park and police killed a black man in Minneapolis. We talk about how the two events are tied together by a history of racism and policing in America. Stephen Henderson, Errin Haines and Katheryn Russell-Brown join Meghna Chakrabarti.
June 1, 2020
We discuss the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, and how the media is covering, framing, and often becoming part of the story. Michele Norris and David Folkenflik join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 29, 2020
We look at addiction and substance abuse during the coronavirus pandemic and the resources available to those who are suffering. Dr. Lipi Roy, Dr. Joseph Lee and MJ Gottlieb join Jane Clayson.
May 29, 2020
American COVID-19 deaths surpass 100,000. And protests erupt over the death of George Floyd. Our weekly roundtable digs into the week’s news. Kimberly Atkins, Eugene Scott and Anita Kumar join Jane Clayson.
May 28, 2020
As the disrupted school year winds down, educators, parents and students look toward an uncertain fall. What will school look like next year? Luvelle Brown, Randi Weingarten and Dimitri Christakis join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 28, 2020
The CDC was once one of the most respected public health agencies in the world. Now, it's barely visible in the middle of a pandemic. So what happened? Charles Seife, Dr. Pierre Rollin and Richard Besser join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 27, 2020
Lessons from the New Deal. It wasn’t one big package wrapped in political consensus. We look at the real, messy process that pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Lizabeth Cohen and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 27, 2020
The president has fired at least five inspectors general. It may be his right, but what does it say about political accountability and American democracy? Joel Brenner, Norm Ornstein and Charles Sykes join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 26, 2020
Native American communities have been hit hard by the pandemic. We hear how they’re responding. Tyrone Whitehorse, Krista Allen and Dr. Michelle Tom join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 26, 2020
“A patchwork pandemic” -- that’s how science writer Ed Yong describes what’s likely to happen as states deal with COVID-19 in their own ways. We discuss that and why that makes the outbreak harder to control. Ed Yong joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 25, 2020
“The Good Place” creator Michael Schur joins us to talk about morals and being good during a global pandemic. Michael Schur and T.M. Scanlon join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 25, 2020
For years, Sherry Turkle has researched how technology is pushing people apart. But in the face of a global pandemic, is technological communication the thing that's bringing us together? Sherry Turkle joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 22, 2020
We look at what’s fair and foul in Major League Baseball’s proposal to return to the field this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Passan, Doug Glanville, Jason Gay and Bob Costas join Jane Clayson.
May 22, 2020
As 50 states prepare to partially reopen, a new study shows that lockdown delays cost thousands of deaths. We pick up that and more in our week in review. Toluse Olorunnipa, Jeanna Smialek and Jack Beatty join Jane Clayson.
May 21, 2020
Mourning the loss of a loved one in the time of coronavirus. We talk about Zoom funerals and bereavement at a distance. Thomas Lynch and Nora McInerny join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 21, 2020
17 years ago, the world was facing a different mysterious, viral respiratory disease. Dr. Ali Khan tells us what we should have learned from SARS. Dr. Ali Khan joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 20, 2020
The U.S. Postal Service could run out of cash by the end of September. Now the agency faces a battle over government funding and privatization. We take a look at what's at stake. Rep. Gerry Connolly, Natasha Patterson, Chris Edwards and Lisa Rein join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 20, 2020
Parents are expected to get back to work -- and they want to -- but how can they do it without the child care they rely on? Can an economy fully recover without robust child care? Lauren Kennedy and Sara O'Brien join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 19, 2020
The class of 2020 is stepping out into an utterly transformed world. We talk with grads about their hopes and fears as they try to launch their lives and careers. Jonathan Yubi Gomez, Katharine Brooks, Candace Jones and Alexis Brown join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 19, 2020
We check in on China's massive testing campaign in Wuhan, Beijing's efforts to reopen its economy and the impact of another low point in U.S.-China relations. Brenda Goh, Yanzhong Huang, Loren Heinold and Bonnie Glaser join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 18, 2020
What gives art meaning? What impact does physical distancing have on our consumption and appreciation of art, both performance and visual? Helen Molesworth, Melinda Lopez and Richard Nelson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 18, 2020
Looking back to 1930, the year after the start of the Great Depression. What lessons did we learn about how best to move forward with a suffering economy? We look at our current crisis now through the lens of American history. David Kennedy and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 15, 2020
It’s been more than 100 years since all of humanity has had to respond to a global pandemic on the scale of coronavirus. We take a deep look at the origins, responses and lessons of the flu pandemic of 1918. John Barry and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 15, 2020
States move to lift restrictions meant to stem the coronavirus, the Supreme Court teleconferences oral arguments and the House proposes another historic aid package. We discuss it all in our week in review. Julie Pace, Stephen Henderson and Julie Rovner join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 14, 2020
Can pandemic literature serve as a tool to understand this pandemic? Authors tell us what they think. Geraldine Brooks, Lawrence Wright and Tom Perrotta join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 14, 2020
Two months in, and we’re all feeling it: quarantine fatigue. We chat with the experts about how the concept of harm reduction might help us approach the future. Julia Marcus, Matthew Liao and Richard Berkowitz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 13, 2020
Childhood and the coronavirus. We explore how this pandemic is changing childhood and how that might shape the practices, beliefs and behaviors of kids as they grow up. Pauline Hodges, Robin Gurwitch and Grace Lin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 13, 2020
An election in a pandemic. What needs to be done now to ensure all Americans can safely vote in November and trust the results? Rep. Adam Schiff, Anthony Brooks and Bertrall Ross join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 12, 2020
Many states have eviction protections in place now. But what happens to renters when those protections are removed? Matthew Desmond, Lisa Owens and Tiana Caldwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 12, 2020
The federal government has passed multiple economic aid packages. But philanthropy may also play an essential role in economic recovery. We look at the advantages and disadvantages to private giving. Una Osili, La June Tabron and Dr. Rajiv Shah join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 11, 2020
Handwashing can kill the coronavirus. But you may be surprised how short the history of handwashing actually is among humans. Miryam Wahrman, Peter Ward and Emma Robbins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 11, 2020
We check in with several states that are moving forward with reopening. How have businesses adapted? Are people going back to work? And what’s happened to infection rates? Clay Masters, Luis Carrasco, Rose Scott and Gavin Jackson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 8, 2020
The airline industry faces its greatest crisis yet with the pandemic wiping out most travel. When will we feel safe flying again? Phil LeBeau, Barry Biffle, Sara Nelson and Christine Negroni join Jane Clayson.
May 8, 2020
The Trump administration and the coronavirus task force. Businesses and states ask for more relief. The news roundtable is here. Paula Reid, Rick Berke and Amara Omeokwe join Jane Clayson.
May 7, 2020
A new report considers evidence that possibly suggests the coronavirus was circulating outside of China as early as late last year. We talk to epidemiologists about how that changes what we know about the virus. Bill Hanage, Tara C. Smith and Angela Rasmussen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 7, 2020
The coronavirus is infecting thousands of incarcerated people in prisons and jails across the U.S. We discuss how mass incarceration is leading to mass suffering in this pandemic. Michelle Alexander, Joyce White Vance and Dr. Homer Venters join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 6, 2020
Past pandemics changed the way of life in cities around the world. We look at how city features were inspired by history's worst disease outbreaks. Brian Melican and Kimberly Dowdell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 6, 2020
The Diamond Princess cruise ship was one of the first coronavirus hot zones. We hear the story of what happened on the ship from medical first responders who hopped on board. Dr. Michael Callahan, Carolyn Wright and Taylor Dolven join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 5, 2020
Historian Timothy Garton Ash says the U.S. was his “shining city on the hill.” But now he feels a desperate sadness. We’ll hear this European’s elegy for an American ideal. Timothy Garton Ash, Catherine De Vries and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 5, 2020
Does the coronavirus spell the end for the global supply chain? Some manufacturing experts say supply chains have to get shorter in order to be stronger. Ravi Anupindi, Bindiya Vakil and Daniel Heller join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 4, 2020
Astronaut Christina Koch just spent 11 months in space and then returned to a nation under lockdown. We hear what reentry has been like and lessons she may have for the rest of us. Christina Koch joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 4, 2020
Is there a way to reopen the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic without risking second and third waves of the virus? What’s possible and ethical? Danielle Allen and Tom Frieden join Meghna Chakrabarti.
May 1, 2020
As states across the U.S. begin to get back to business — not as usual, but in phases — we take a look at the evolving retail landscape and how people will shop in a post-pandemic world. Nathaniel Meyersohn, Doug Stephens, Barbara Kahn and Neela Montgomery join Jane Clayson.
May 1, 2020
More than 30 million Americans without work, more states starting to open up and health experts warning of another wave of infections. We discuss the week's top stories in our news roundtable. Errin Haines, Ben White and Sarah Kliff join Jane Clayson.
April 30, 2020
What day is it again? Has it been a year since February? Or a day? We take a look at the science behind how the pandemic is warping our sense of time. Carlo Rovelli and Peter Ulric Tse join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 30, 2020
When the economy slows, so does the demand for oil. Prices have plummeted, and storage tanks are filled to capacity. We look at the future of the oil industry. Mitchell Ferman, John Bozeman, Meghan L. O'Sullivan and Philip Verleger join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 29, 2020
Humanity in lockdown. Wildlife creeps back into cities around the world. We look at the pandemic from the animal kingdom's point of view. David Baron, Niamh Quinn and Alan Weisman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 29, 2020
Contact tracing. It's infectious disease detective work. We learn all about the techniques and technology used to track down people who've been exposed to the coronavirus. Andy Slavitt, Caitlin Rivers and Andy Greenberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 28, 2020
Can we design cities that heal? We talk with an architect and urban planner about how to change the brick-and-mortar world for better human health. Michael Murphy and Ken Greenberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 28, 2020
Oil shock. Great Depression levels of unemployment. It’s not just about restarting the economy. It’s about rebuilding it. We talk about how. Rana Foroohar, Jack Beatty and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 27, 2020
Normally, each night of April would be filled with sporting events. But these are anything but normal times. So what are we losing — economically, physically, and culturally — in a world without professional sports? Shira Springer, Molly Seidel and Bob Myers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 27, 2020
The pandemic has ravaged state and city budgets across the country, and revenues are sharply down at a time when public services are needed more than ever. Should the federal government help shore up state budgets? Senator Mitch McConnell says he thinks the better route might be bankruptcy. Kimberly Atkins and Michael Leachman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
April 24, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has jump-started America’s innovation engine as companies, institutions and entrepreneurs step up to the challenge. Scott Cohen, Fiona Murray and John Kao join Jane Clayson.
April 24, 2020
Some states are opening back up for business. Furloughs increase across the country. Pandemic aid from Congress. The president and his immigration executive order. It’s our Friday news roundtable. Weijia Jiang, Greg Bluestein and Charlotte Howard join Jane Clayson.
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