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Defund Police: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Says Budgets Wrongly Prioritize Cops Over Schools, Hospitals
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:44:59 -0400
Calls to defund the police mount after police erupted into violence this weekend in response to widespread protests across the nation, arresting more than 4,000 people and attacking demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets. As police departments face increasing criticism for using excessive force on protesters, we get response from Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, renowned scholar Professor Cornel West and attorney Bakari Sellers.

"America Has Looted Black People. We Learned It from You" Says Women's March Activist Tamika Mallory
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:42:10 -0400
In a powerful address among people in Minneapolis protesting the police murder of George Floyd, activist and former Women's March co-chair Tamika Mallory demanded, "Charge the cops. ... Charge them in every city across America where our people are being murdered."

"My Vanishing Country": Mass Protests Rise from 400 Years of Systemic Racism, Says Bakari Sellers
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:34:32 -0400
As mass unrest engulfs the U.S., we speak with attorney and political commentator Bakari Sellers, whose new memoir "My Vanishing Country" was just published. One of the central moments in the book is the Orangeburg massacre of 1968, when police opened fire on a crowd of students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest segregation at Orangeburg's only bowling alley. When the shooting stopped, three Black students were dead, 28 students were wounded. The nine officers who opened fire that day were all acquitted. The only person convicted of wrongdoing was Bakari Sellers's father, Cleveland Sellers, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known as SNCC. He was convicted of a riot charge and spent seven months behind bars. He was pardoned in 1993. We speak with Bakari Sellers about Orangeburg, 2020 and "400 years of systemic racism" in the U.S.

"America's Moment of Reckoning": Cornel West Says Nationwide Uprising Is Sign of "Empire Imploding"
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:28:45 -0400
As thousands from coast to coast took to the streets this weekend to protest the state-sanctioned killing of Black people, and the nation faces its largest public health crisis in generations and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression, professor Cornel West calls the U.S. a "predatory capitalist civilization obsessed with money, money, money." He also makes the connections between U.S. violence abroad and at home. "There is a connection between the seeds that you sow of violence externally and internally."

A Class Rebellion: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on How Racism & Racial Terrorism Fueled Nationwide Anger
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:18:43 -0400
In the largest nationwide uprising since the 1960s, protesters shut down cities across the United States over the weekend following the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis. "These are not just repeats of past events," says scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "These are the consequences of the failures of this government and the political establishment ... to resolve these crises."

Headlines for June 1, 2020
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Minneapolis Protests at Epicenter of Nationwide Uprising Met with More Police Violence, Louisville Police Shoot and Kill Man at Protest, New Yorkers Take to Streets Around City, Shut Down Traffic as NYPD Arrests Hundreds, Attacks Peaceful Crowds, Rep. Joyce Beatty and Two Columbus City Officials Pepper-Sprayed by Ohio Police, Video Shows 9-Year-Old Seattle Child in Distress After Reportedly Being Maced by Police, Protesters Rally in Front of Capitol, White House, as Trump Retreats to Presidential Bunker, Black Sacramento Teen Recovering After Being Shot in Face with Rubber Bullet, Atlanta Police Officers Fired After Tasing Two Students, Reporters Targeted, Attacked by Police While Covering Protests, Trump Tweets Plan to Designate Antifa a Terrorist Group, Black Transgender Man Tony McDade Shot and Killed by Tallahassee Police, Trump Pulls U.S. Out of World Health Organization, Coronavirus Surges in Brazil, Peru, Chile as Epicenter of Pandemic Shifts to Latin America, SCOTUS Says CA Can Restrict Church Services as Coronavirus Cases Mount, Journalist and Driver Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Bombing, Israeli Soldiers Kill Unarmed Autistic Palestinian Man in Occupied East Jerusalem, Four More Women Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Rape, Sexual Assault

Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence as He Signs Executive Order to Weaken Social Media
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:52:00 -0400
As President Trump calls Minneapolis protesters "THUGS" and tweets, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," Twitter flags the tweet with a warning it glorifies violence, just as Trump signs an executive order to punish social media companies for how they monitor content. "Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people," says Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As Pandemic Epicenter Shifts to Latin America, Gov'ts Use COVID-19 as Pretext for Police Repression
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:36:15 -0400
As the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic shifts to Latin America, so too has the use of COVID-19 as a pretext for police repression. "We're seeing that COVID-19, like other pandemics before it, magnifies structural discrimination. And sadly, it's often the most marginalized that are the first targets," says Louise Tillotson, co-author of a new Amnesty International report on the abuse. We also go to San Salvador to speak with journalist Jorge Cuéllar.

"It Was Murder": Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:14:44 -0400
As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Visions Collective, which is calling for the abolition of police.

Headlines for May 29, 2020
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empty Its Jails as COVID-19 Continues to Spread, Héctor García Mendoza, Immigrant Who Sued ICE over COVID-19, Disappears After Deportation, Iowa Tyson Foods Plant Halting Operations After 500+ Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus, Brazil Reports Record Number of COVID-19 Cases & Over 1,000 Deaths Within 24 Hours, Haiti Human Rights Groups Warn Hundreds Could Die of COVID-19 in Prisons, Trump Administration to Cancel Visas for Thousands of Chinese Graduate Students, House Democratic Leaders Pull Bill to Reauthorize Government Surveillance Powers, U.N. Climate Summit Pushed Back to 2021 Amid Pandemic

"Fight Back!": ACT UP Members & Tony Kushner Remember Trailblazing AIDS Activist Larry Kramer
Thu, 28 May 2020 08:32:31 -0400
We discuss the life and legacy of Larry Kramer, the legendary writer and trailblazing activist in the fight against AIDS, who has died at the age of 84. Kramer helped start Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP to demand life-saving drugs, and faced off with Dr. Anthony Fauci before the two became friends. Many credit Kramer for saving thousands of lives. We hear from Kramer in his own words at the 2019 anti-corporate Queer Liberation March and host a roundtable with two former ACT UP members: "Gay USA" host Ann Northrop and Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves. We also speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote "Angels in America."

"No Justification": Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd
Thu, 28 May 2020 08:13:40 -0400
Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak with civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong, founder of the Racial Justice Network and former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. "What needs to happen is that charges need to be brought immediately against the four officers who killed George Floyd," she says. "There is simply no justification for what they did or why they did it."

Headlines for May 28, 2020
Thu, 28 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd, China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong with New National Security Law, House of Representatives Holds First-Ever Remote Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Protesters Surround Sing Sing Prison Demanding Release of Prisoners at Risk of COVID-19, Researchers: 6 Feet of Social Distancing Might Not Be Enough to Stop Coronavirus Spread, Doctors Without Borders Warns of Spike in Coronavirus Cases Among Florida Farmworkers, Brazilian Police Raid Fake News Network Linked to Son of Far-Right President, Argentina Seals Off Buenos Aires Slum as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Peru's Hospitals Collapse as COVID-19 Cases Surge, European Commission Proposes $820 Billion Coronavirus Stimulus Package, Human Rights Groups Call on U.S. Congress to Halt Weapons Sales to Philippines, Trailblazing AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Dies at 84

"Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners
Wed, 27 May 2020 08:42:20 -0400
Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

COVID Racial Data Tracker: Ibram X. Kendi on How Better Data Reveals the True Toll of the Pandemic
Wed, 27 May 2020 08:27:33 -0400
Ibram X. Kendi says early media coverage of COVID-19 as "the great equalizer" missed the racial impact of the disease. But it soon became clear "that it was Latino Americans and African Americans and Native Americans in particular who were disproportionately being infected and dying." The award-winning author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University joins us to discuss why he started the COVID Racial Data Tracker.

From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on "Racist Terror" Facing Black People in America
Wed, 27 May 2020 08:13:31 -0400
"I can't breathe" — that's what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City's Central Park and falsely accusing him of "threatening her life" after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and National Book Award—winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" and "How to Be an Antiracist."

Headlines for May 27, 2020
Wed, 27 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Four Minneapolis Cops Fired After Shocking Video Shows Killing of George Floyd, Federal Food Program Fails to Reach Millions Even as Child Hunger Surges in U.S., NY Governor Cuomo Shielded Nursing Homes from Liability After Big Campaign Donation, GOP Governors Vie for Republican National Convention as NC Won't Commit to Packed Arena, Yemen's Health System Has "Collapsed" Amid Explosion of Coronavirus Cases, India Resumes Domestic Air Travel Even as COVID-19 Cases Surge, China Completing Plans to Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents for Coronavirus, South Korea Reports 40 New Coronavirus Infections, Highest Level in 7 Weeks, Thousands Protest in Ecuador Against Austerity Measures Amid Pandemic, Mexico City Healthcare Workers Block Roads in Protest Demanding PPE, Trump Mocks Reporter Who Refused to Remove Mask as "Politically Correct", Trump Threatens to "Close Down" Social Media Sites as Twitter Tags His Tweets as Misleading, Local TV News Stations Run Propaganda Scripted and Filmed by Amazon, Video Shows White Woman Falsely Telling 911 She Was Threatened by Black Man in Central Park, Same-Sex Couples Wed as Costa Rica Legalizes Marriage Equality

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Kind: What New Zealand Can Teach the World About Eliminating COVID-19
Tue, 26 May 2020 08:46:19 -0400
New Zealand implemented one of the earliest lockdowns and has largely succeeded in eliminating the coronavirus under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Some of the country's success has been attributed to her leadership, trust in science, and clear communication during the crisis. We get an update from Michael Baker, professor of public health at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an epidemiologist and a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health's Technical Advisory Group. Baker has been advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their slogan is "Stay home, stay safe, and be kind."

Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado: Brazil's Reckless COVID Response Threatens Indigenous Survival
Tue, 26 May 2020 08:16:04 -0400
As Brazil sees more than 800 deaths in 24 hours and nearly 400,000 confirmed cases, we look at COVID-19's devastating impact on Brazil's Indigenous peoples, who are dying at double the rate of the rest of the country. We speak with world-renowned Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, who wrote an open letter to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who called the virus a "little flu," to warn him the pandemic is "an extreme threat to their very survival."

Headlines for May 26, 2020
Tue, 26 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
U.S. Nears 100,000 Deaths from COVID-19 as Trump Shuns Face Masks, Goes After Democrats on Twitter, Trump Threatens to Pull RNC Out of North Carolina If Dem Governor Refuses to Allow Packed Crowds, Second Immigrant in ICE Jail Dies from COVID-19, U.S. to Deport Haitian Death Squad Leader and COVID-Positive Haitians Amid Pandemic, U.S. Restricts Travel from Brazil as It Becomes Second Most Infected Country, South American Nations Experience Mounting Cases as New Epicenter of the Pandemic, Boris Johnson Faces Pressure over Reopening Country and Lockdown-Flouting Adviser, WHO Suspends Tests of Hydroxychloroquine as More Evidence Emerges of Its Dangers, Pakistan Plane Crash Kills 97 Crew and Passengers, Trump Admin Reportedly Discussed Holding First Nuclear Tests Since 1992, Hong Kong Protesters Call Out New Beijing Security Laws, DOJ Investigating Killing of Ahmaud Arbery as Hate Crime, Biden Apologizes After Telling Charlamagne tha God "You Ain't Black" If Unsure Whether to Vote for Him, Judge Strikes Down Law Requiring People with Felony Convictions Pay Off Fines Before They Can Vote, Stacey Park Milbern, Disability Justice Advocate Who Organized Coronavirus Mutual Aid, Dies at 33

Noam Chomsky on Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism
Mon, 25 May 2020 08:30:00 -0400
How did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of COVID-19 every 47 seconds? We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, discussing this unprecedented moment in history, and its political implications. Chomsky reflects on the significance of the Bernie Sanders campaign, calling it "an extraordinary success" that "completely shifted the arena of debate and discussion" in the United States. He also responds to President Trump's cuts to U.S. support for the World Health Organization and the surge in deaths in the United States to another record high, and discusses conditions in Gaza, the rise of authoritarianism around the world, and the progressive response

Mike Davis: Workers Face "Sophie's Choice" Between Income & Health as 50 States Reopen Amid Pandemic
Fri, 22 May 2020 08:51:21 -0400
All 50 states will be at least partially reopened this Memorial Day weekend, as the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak tops 95,000 and some states prepare for a surge in cases. We're joined by historian and writer Mike Davis, who says in Jacobin that "Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell."

"Diarrhea, Dehydration, Hunger, Exhaustion": India's Rural Poor Suffer Most Under Lockdown
Fri, 22 May 2020 08:30:36 -0400
India just saw its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in 24 hours with 6,000 new reported infections, as an estimated 3 million seek shelter from a powerful cyclone and tens of thousands have no work or food. We go to Mumbai for an update from renowned journalist P. Sainath, founder of the People's Archive of Rural India.

FBI Says It Will Investigate Breonna Taylor Shooting Death as Police Chief Announces Retirement
Fri, 22 May 2020 08:26:40 -0400
We speak with Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse who was shot to death by police inside her own apartment. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department that details how police shot Taylor at least eight times after they burst into her apartment, unannounced, with a search warrant. The man police were looking for did not live in Taylor's apartment and was reportedly already detained by police when officers arrived at Taylor's residence on the night of March 13. At the time of her killing, Taylor had been working as an emergency medical technician treating COVID-19 patients.

Third White Man Arrested for Murder in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting as DOJ Considers Hate Crime Charges
Fri, 22 May 2020 08:13:49 -0400
Authorities have arrested a third white man for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, this one charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump about how William Bryan filmed Arbery jogging down a narrow road in Brunswick, Georgia, in broad daylight, before he was confronted by two armed white men — retired police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis — who shot him three times. "This was never about any trespassing or burglary," Crump says. "This was always about profiling Ahmaud Arbery because of the color of his skin."

Headlines for May 22, 2020
Fri, 22 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Unemployment Claims Reach 38.6 Million in Worst U.S. Economic Crisis Since Depression, As Millions Lose Jobs, the Billionaire Class Sees Wealth Soar by $434 Billion During Pandemic, COVID Cases Spike in Brazil, Mexico, India & Indonesia as Outbreak Grows in Global South, World Bank: 3 Billion People Don't Have Access to Clean Water & Soap, U.S. COVID Death Toll Tops 95,000, Trump Refuses to Wear Mask in Front of Media at Ford Plant in Michigan, Report: Striking Racial Divide Found in Nursing Homes Impacted by COVID Outbreak, COVID Racial Data Tracker Documents How Pandemic Is Devastating Communities of Color, Police in Georgia Arrest Third White Man in Murder of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery, U.S. Threatens to Spend Adversaries "Into Oblivion" in New Nuclear Arms Race as Trump Withdraws from Arms Treaty, Progressive Democrats Call for Reducing Military Spending in Wake of COVID Outbreak, Cyclone Death Toll in Bangladesh and India Tops 80, China Considers New Security Law in Hong Kong, Oxfam to Lay Off 1,450 and Close Operations in 18 Countries, Senate Confirms John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence, Republicans Back Installing Ally of Steve Bannon to Head State-Run Media Agency, The Atlantic Magazine Lays Off 68, Food Not Bombs to Mark 40th Anniversary

Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care
Thu, 21 May 2020 08:44:08 -0400
A new report finds 1.1 million children under 5 could die the next six months from secondary impacts of the pandemic, like disruptions to health services and access to food. Mothers are also imperiled. We speak with Tim Roberton, lead author of the study and assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Beate Kampmann.

From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads
Thu, 21 May 2020 08:28:00 -0400
We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.

Crowded & Desperate: Rohingya in World's Largest Refugee Camp Face Dual Crises of Cyclone & COVID-19
Thu, 21 May 2020 08:13:21 -0400
A major cyclone hits India and Bangladesh amid the pandemic, displacing 3 million people and unleashing heavy rain on Cox's Bazar, home to 1 million Rohingya refugees, where the first cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. We get an update from Steven Corliss, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Bangladesh, and speak with Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

Headlines for May 21, 2020
Thu, 21 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Global Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million as WHO Records Record One-Day Spike, Brazilian Mayor Fears "Genocide" from COVID-19, Accuses Bolsonaro of "Crime Against Humanity", Disease Modelers Say Delays in U.S. Lockdowns Cost Tens of Thousands of Lives, Pro-Trump Doctors to Promote Reopening States Despite CDC Warnings, Millions Flee as Cyclone Batters India and Bangladesh, Dam Disaster in Michigan Threatens to Flood Toxic Sites, Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Michigan, Nevada over Mail-in Voting, McDonald's Workers Strike to Demand Personal Protective Equipment, Striking New Orleans Sanitation Workers Replaced by Prison Labor, 68 U.S. Grocery Workers Die of COVID-19; Ford Temporarily Halts Production at 2 Plants, Asylum Seeker Who Sued ICE Deported to Mexico Despite Judge's Order, Immigrants in For-Profit ICE Jail Launch Hunger Strike as Coronavirus Spreads, U.N. Envoy Calls Israel's Annexation Plans a "Violation of International Law", University of California Says It Has Divested Completely from Fossil Fuels

Immigrants Protest Demolition of NJ Public School for $750 Million Robert Wood Johnson Cancer Center
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:47:33 -0400
We go to New Brunswick, New Jersey, to look at the fight to save the largely immigrant Lincoln Annex public school from demolition to make way for the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital's $750 million cancer center. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González lives in New Brunswick and has been active in the campaign. We also speak with Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and attorney representing parents, students and taxpayers who oppose the demolition.

"Stay Alive, Stay at Home, Organize": Rev. Barber Sets June 20 for Poor People's Digital March on DC
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:30:20 -0400
We look at the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black, Brown and poor communities, and the next steps officials should take, with Reverend William Barber, who is organizing an online Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington, D.C., on June 20. "We're not going to just die. We're going to stand up and fight back," says Rev. Barber. He also discusses voter suppression ahead of the November election.

As NYC Subway Closures Force Unhoused People into Packed Shelters, Advocates Demand Permanent Homes
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:14:23 -0400
For the first time in its 115-year history, this month New York City began shutting down its subway system overnight. The unprecedented move has left unhoused people who rely on the trains for shelter suddenly with nowhere to go, and made them even more vulnerable as the coronavirus continues to spread. "The situation is concerning," says emergency physician Dr. Kelly Doran, who has joined advocates in calling on New York to do more to protect unhoused people from infection. We also speak with Josh Dean, executive director of the homeless advocacy group Human.NYC.

Headlines for May 20, 2020
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
CDC Unveils Guidance on Reopening, Excluding Advice to Houses of Worship, Florida, Georgia Accused of Manipulating Data on Coronavirus Outbreaks, Senators Grill Treasury Secretary, Fed Chair over Coronavirus Loan Programs, Trump Claims Meat Plants Are Safe Despite Surging Coronavirus Cases, Unhoused New Orleans Residents Demand Rooms in Hotels Idled by Pandemic, Federal Judge Rules Texas Must Allow Residents to Vote by Mail, Homeland Security Department Watchdog to Probe Coronavirus Response, Trump Defends Use of Unproven Antimalarial Drug Despite Medical Warnings, Brazilian President Pushes Chloroquine Use as COVID-19 Cases Soar, Bolivian Protesters Demand End to Coronavirus Lockdown as Hunger Mounts, Mexican Maquiladora Workers March to Demand Safe Working Conditions, In Deathbed Confession, Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade Admitted She Was Paid by Abortion Foes, Johnson & Johnson to End Some Talcum Powder Sales over Asbestos, Hungary to Revoke Legal Recognition for Trans and Gender Nonconforming People, Afghan Air Force Bombs Health Clinic as U.N. Warns of Mounting Civilian Deaths, Supercyclone Prompts Mass Evacuations in Bangladesh and India , Thousands Evacuate Catastrophic Flooding in Michigan as Dams Fail, Climate Activists Declare "Shell Must Fall" Outside Shareholders' Meeting

"Whitening of the Media": As Pandemic Cuts Ravage Newsrooms, Diversity Is "First Thing That Goes"
Tue, 19 May 2020 08:43:57 -0400
At a time when many journalists are risking their lives to cover the coronavirus, media companies are slashing jobs and salaries. Over the past week, hundreds of journalists at Vice, Quartz, The Economist, BuzzFeed and Condé Nast have been laid off. In April, The New York Times estimated 36,000 employees of news media companies had been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced since the arrival of the pandemic. We speak with award-winning journalist and former editor of The Denver Post, Gregory Moore. He says, "Advertising has fallen out of these newspapers because of the economic shutdown, and it has led to devastating layoffs and furloughs ... at a time when the public really needs quality information more than ever." We also speak with freelance journalist Angely Mercado, who was laid off in March.

Harvard Doctor: As States Rush to Reopen, Lack of COVID-19 Testing Is "Achilles Heel" for U.S.
Tue, 19 May 2020 08:18:26 -0400
President Trump claimed Monday he's been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, even though multiple studies show the drug can be dangerous and is not an effective treatment for COVID-19. This comes as the U.S. COVID-19 death count tops 90,000 and all 50 U.S. states prepare to partially reopen by Memorial Day. We speak with Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of Harvard University's Global Health Institute, who says that testing needs to vastly improve in order for widespread reopenings. He calls the lack of accurate tests in the U.S. the nation's "Achilles heel," saying, "The testing saga will go down as one of the big fiascos that led to us being where we are today."

Headlines for May 19, 2020
Tue, 19 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Claims He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine Despite FDA Warnings, Navajo Nation Has Highest Coronavirus Infection Rate in the U.S., 60-Year-Old Burmese Refugee Becomes Eighth COVID-19 Victim at Colorado Meat Plant, 74-Year-Old Man at California ICE Prison Dies of Suicide, Trump Attacks WHO as U.S. and China Trade Barbs over Pandemic Response, Early COVID Vaccine Trials Show Positive Results, Outbreak at Refugee Center in Germany Infects at Least 70 people, France and Germany Propose 500 Billion-Euro Coronavirus Assistance Fund for EU, São Paulo's Hospitals "Near Collapse" as Brazil Becomes Third Most Infected Nation, Ouster of State Dept. Watchdog Could Be Linked to Saudi Arms Deal, Rights Groups Appeal to U.N. to Help Save 4 Yemeni Journalists Sentenced to Death, Cuban Foreign Minister Accuses Trump Admin of Promoting Terrorism Against Cuba, Colombian Environmentalist Jorge Enrique Oramas Killed Amid Spate of Activist Murders, "COVID Today, Climate Tomorrow": Climate Activists Stage Protest Installation in London, New Evidence Reveals Pattern of Racist Targeting Prior to Ahmaud Arbery Murder, Missouri to Execute Death Row Prisoner Amid Pandemic Despite Questions over Evidence, FBI Says al-Qaeda Linked to 2019 Mass Shooting at Pensacola Air Base, CA Governor Gavin Newsom Moves to Close State-Run Youth Prisons

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