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Feb 26, 2021 - Podcasts

The House vote on the stimulus bill

We wrap up the week by catching you up on the expected House vote on the COVID-19 relief bill, and the next spending bill lawmakers are turning their attention to.

  • Plus, how your Fitbit might be the fastest way to detect COVID.
  • And, a new look at the civil rights activism of Billie Holiday.
Feb 25, 2021 - Podcasts

All eyes on Biden's border policies

More than 700 unaccompanied children were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday morning, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios. It's another sign of President Biden's looming border crisis.

  • Plus, some good news with COVID and nursing homes.
  • And, a turning point in how cities select police chiefs.
Feb 24, 2021 - Podcasts

The minimum wage state of play

We’re in the longest period of time since the minimum wage has been created that it hasn’t been adjusted. You’ve probably heard the progressive and Democratic argument for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage. Now, some Republicans are responding with a proposal to raise it to $10 an hour by 2025.

  • Plus, what we’re just learning about security around the Jan. 6 insurrection.
  • And, how Home Depot is a proxy for the housing markets.
Feb 23, 2021 - Podcasts

How memes drive misinformation

For years, there's been growing concern about deepfakes — doctored images and photos that could erode trust in the truth and further the spread of misinformation.

But now, when we think about the anti-vaccine movement, the Capitol insurrection, and even the recent GameStop uprising against Wall Street, it’s becoming clear that memes are what we really should be worried about.

  • Plus, how the census and Supreme Court are changing redistricting
  • And, the pandemic is causing even more of a push for better broadband.
Feb 22, 2021 - Podcasts

Fighting hate while facing hate

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, harassment and attacks against Asian Americans has grown. According to Stop AAPI Hate, more than 2,800 incidents of racism against Asian Americans were reported between March and December of 2020.

While the recent attacks have put a spotlight on the issue, hate crimes had actually been rising long before the pandemic. Attorneys general across the country are now trying to draw attention to this even as some find themselves also targeted.

  • Plus, Merrick Garland’s confirmation.
  • And, the United States is leading the world in vaccinations.
Feb 19, 2021 - Podcasts

The political paralysis in Texas

We wrap up the week by catching you up on the fallout from winter storms in Texas, a spotlight on governors, and the Perseverance rover landing on Mars.

  • Plus, how Black churches are stepping in to help their communities get vaccinated.
  • And, Texas water shortages.
Feb 18, 2021 - Podcasts

The future of criminal records

One in three Americans has a criminal record that will show up during routine background checks, whether it's for a job or to rent a house. Now, states across the country are tackling this issue by making it easier to erase or expunge those crimes from their record — with Michigan set to soon enact the country's first and most expansive expungement law.

  • Plus, Washington takes on the GameStop saga.
  • And, America’s new can't-do attitude.
Feb 17, 2021 - Podcasts

Texas's power problems

More than 4 million Texans woke up yesterday morning without power after winter storms that affected more than half the country.

Texas is the largest generator of wind energy in the U.S., and the outages have sparked a political debate about the state's electrical grid and use of green power.

  • Plus, Biden’s push for more inclusive immigration language.
  • And, the perils of long-term unemployment.
Feb 16, 2021 - Podcasts

Biden's first post-Trump moment

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial wrapped up over the weekend, with the Senate voting to acquit the former president on an article of insurrection.

Now as they head into a week-long recess, lawmakers in Congress are preparing for another big fight — President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

  • Plus, the private sector hopes to help with vaccine distribution.
  • And, the powers and perils of facial recognition technology.
Feb 12, 2021 - Podcasts

The family reunification challenge

President Biden campaigned on some big immigration promises. One he spoke often about was reuniting the thousands of families who got separated because of former President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Now, as President Biden sets up his task force to tackle the issue, many groups — including the America Civil Liberties Union — are asking his administration to go one step further and let those families stay in the U.S.

  • Plus, impeachment and Trump’s legacy.
  • And, the complicated process of manufacturing COVID vaccines.
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