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Long COVID Now Considered Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Last week, the Biden administration released guidance explaining that “long COVID” can be a disability under the ADA. How Companies Are Navigating Vaccine Requirements Over the past week, several major private sector employers, including Disney and Walmart, have announced that they will be requiring vaccinations for certain groups of their employees. August 3rd Marks Black Women's Equal Pay Day Black women make 63 cents to every dollar of non-Hispanic white men.
First Lady of Haiti Speaks Out About Her Husband's Assassination The president’s widow, Martine Moïse, recently gave her first interview about her experience during her husband's assassination. Protests Erupt in Tunisia Amid Public Turmoil Over COVID-19 Surge In response, President Kais Saied dismissed the country’s prime minister, froze parliament for 30 days, and instituted a nationwide curfew. New Information from the CDC Warns Delta Variant More Severe Although the vaccines remain highly effective, vaccinated people may be able to spread the virus, according to the federal agency. The Evolution of Headache Science For a long time, severe headaches like migraines and cluster headaches have been under-researched by the scientific establishment.  
Pandemic-Era Expanded Government Benefits Drive U.S. Poverty Rate Down Roughly 20 million people in the U.S. are expected to be brought out of poverty this year, according to a recent Urban Institute research report. Advocates Win Unemployment Case in Arkansas as Republicans Try to Strip Benefits Many Republican-led states have halted the extra $300 per month unemployment insurance payments, but lawsuits around the country might change that. House of Representatives Holds First Hearing on Insurrection Attack On Tuesday, the House of Representatives held its first hearing on the January 6th insurrection. Should We Kill or Reform the Filibuster? This week, the Senate voted to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure deal. However, it faced the threat of a filibuster just a week ago.
Former Olympian Dominique Dawes on Simone Biles, Mental Health, and More This week, Simone Biles decided to not compete in the Olympics in order to prioritize her mental health. Simone Biles Spotlights Mental Health After Withdrawing from the Olympics Recent decisions by Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka to focus on mental health highlights the grueling training and scrutiny young women go through participating at elite levels in sports. Are Current Sexual Assault Protocols at the Olympics Enough? The Takeaway discusses sexual assault protocols at the Olympics, how they have evolved, and what is still lacking. "Ted Lasso" and the Rise of Sincere TV Over the past two decades, there’s been a shift away from the irony that defined TV comedies like "The Office" and "Arrested Development."
Mass Arrests Are Taking Place in Cuba Following Recent Protests Since demonstrations started in Cuba on July 11th, some organizations estimate that as many as 700 protesters have been arrested. In Cuba, Censorship Circumvention Software Helps People Access the Internet At the height of the recent protests in Cuba, more than a million Cubans could access the internet despite attempts by the Cuban government to block them from social media platforms. The Hard History Behind the Capitol Insurrection On Tuesday, testimony began before the Congressional Select Committee convened to investigate the violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Fifty Years Since the War on Drugs This summer marks 50 years since the war on drugs began under President Richard Nixon.
House Select Committee Begins Investigation Into January 6th Capitol Attack Ahead of the first public hearing of the House select committee investigation into January 6th, The Takeaway discusses what to expect. What Sexual Health Can Teach Us About COVID-19 Masks have become heavily politicized, and most people just don’t like wearing them. The same has been true for condoms for many years. Remembering Bob Moses Over the weekend, civil rights leader Bob Moses died at the age of 86.
The COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Is Set to Expire This Month The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14 percent of renters are still behind on their payments. In Louisiana, House of Tulip Provides Housing to Trans People of Color Data from the U.S. Trans Survey show that 1 in 3 trans Louisianans report experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. The Past and Present of the U.S. Postal Service The United States Postal Service is facing continued backlash over its proposed 10-year plan which would slow down mail delivery.
Democratic Strategy Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections Six months into Biden’s presidency, The Takeaway looks at the administration's strategy ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Conservatives Are Changing Their Tune on Vaccines A significant number of high-profile members of conservative media are now urging their audiences to get vaccinated. What the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Will Mean for Veterans Many veterans of the war in Afghanistan will face physical, emotional, and financial battles for decades.
Climate Change is Here. How Should Cities Adapt? Some experts say this could be the beginning of a string of catastrophic natural disasters caused by climate change, and the time has come for local leaders to take action and adapt. Surfside Collapse Highlights Florida's Unstable Insurance Market The Surfside collapse is creating new unrest to Florida’s insurance market which was already facing extreme pressure due to climate change. What Can We Do to Fight Climate Change? The climate crisis sometimes seems so insurmountable that it leaves many with a feeling of “what can I do?”
Amid State of Emergency in Tokyo, Majority of Japanese Voters Want to Postpone the Olympics There are more than two dozen COVID-19 infections among people involved with the Olympics, and an estimated 62 percent of the Japanese voters oppose the games. The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Disrupting Global Supply Chains As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around the world, it's wreaking havoc on the global supply chain. Black Girl Magic at the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Zaila Avant-garde made news as the historic winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Takeaway talks with another speller who competed alongside Zaila.
Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee from Guantánamo Bay On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had repatriated Abdul Latif Nasser out of the Guantánamo Bay prison complex.   What the Bucks Being in the NBA Finals Means for the City of Milwaukee The Bucks' NBA Finals have put Milwaukee in the spotlight.  What is Disability Pride Month? New York City became the first jurisdiction to officially observe Disability Pride Month in July 2015.
Is Big Tech in Big Trouble? There are six bills currently in Congress aiming to limit the power of big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Questions Continue Two Weeks After Assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse Following the assassination, there are still many questions about what happened, who was involved, and who will take power in Haiti.  Lizz Winstead on 'The Daily Show' Reunion It’s no joke, it’s really been 25 years since the start of "The Daily Show." On Monday evening the OG’s are reuniting in a reunion special at 9pm on Comedy Central. Audio Simulation of the Late Anthony Bourdain's Voice Raises Questions About AI Ethics   As the technology becomes more convincing, what are the potential risks of exploring AI audio without establishing widespread norms and conventions?
Rep. James Clyburn on Voting Rights, the Filibuster and More Top Democratic lawmakers, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, are urging their colleagues in the Senate to reform the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation. Inflation Is On the Rise in the U.S. As cities and states across the country reopen, inflation is on the rise. The Future of the Child Tax Credit On Thursday, families across the United States began receiving a monthly child tax credit payment. Confirmation Hearing for Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Shows Signs of Biden's ICE Strategy On Thursday, a confirmation hearing was held for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, President Biden’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
93,000 Drug Overdose Deaths Highlight Another Toll of the Pandemic On Wednesday, the CDC released data showing that more than 93,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2020. Tigray Rebels Gain Ground in Ethiopian Conflict Earlier this week, rebel forces claimed that they captured Alamata, the major town in the southern part of Tigray. Delta Variant Causes Jump in U.S. COVID-19 Cases As the Delta variant spreads across the U.S., more than half of U.S. states are seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases. The Fashion Industry Reckons with Systemic Racism A new guard is shaking up the status quo, demanding greater inclusion and representation on runways, in editorials, and behind the scenes.
Texas House Democrats Flee the State Plus, under pressure from activists and civil rights leaders, President Joe Biden has called for a new coalition to defend voting rights. Pollution from the Cane Sugar Harvest in Florida is Making Residents Sick Residents in western Palm Beach Country are challenging sugar companies with a lawsuit in federal court claiming that pollution from cane burning is damaging their health. Why Shohei Ohtani Matters for the Future of Major League Baseball This season, Shohei Ohtani has shown how exciting it is to watch a player excel on the mound and at the plate.
Is Democracy Dying? A report put out this year by the non-profit Freedom House says that 2020 was the 15th consecutive year in which global freedoms declined, as authoritarian leaders gained more power. A Record Number of Rural Hospitals Closed During the Pandemic Since 2010, 138 hospitals in rural communities have closed, and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed them to the brink with a record 19 closing last year alone. New Era of Space Tourism Takes Flight On Sunday, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson became the first billionaire to launch himself into space on a rocket he helped fund. How Much Should We Be Policing Language? Brandeis University's newly-released “Oppressive Language List” aims to address language that can be seen as violent in nature.
Haiti Struggles in the Aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse's Assassination Following the assassination, Haiti’s police force has killed four people it suspects in the president’s killing. Do Olympic Rules on Marijuana Need to Change? Last week, 21-year-old Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic dreams ended abruptly after she tested positive for marijuana.  
U.S.D.A. Plans to Pay Debt Relief for Minority Farmers After Months of Delay The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to start paying off loans for Black farmers and other farmers of color.  Congresswoman Alma Adams on the Latest Delays in Debt Relief to Black Farmers Last month, a federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on a program to help Black farmers and other farmers of color.  People Are Flocking to Backyard Chickens During the Pandemic A silver lining for many over the last year has been time spent gardening.  "High on the Hog" Celebrates Black Food Culture  The new Netflix series “High on the Hog” traces the history and significance of African American foodways.  
The Battle Over Critical Race Theory Getting critical race theory out of schools has become a conservative rallying cry this year.  Does Critical Race Theory Have a Role in the Military? Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set off a firestorm last week after he endorsed the use of critical race theory, saying he wants to understand “white rage.” What Our Dependence on Meat Means for Climate Change In April, the recipe site Epicurious announced that they would no longer be publishing new recipes that use beef. It's Time for Summer Reading Around this time every year, there is list after list of the buzziest books hitting shelves in the coming months.
Let's Celebrate Black Joy Finding moments of Black joy has become an outlet from what can feel like a never-ending cycle of news about the pandemic and other injustices.  Calls to Repatriate Art Reignite As Countries Contend With Colonialist Legacies As Europe and the United States grapple with their racist and colonialist pasts, calls to repatriate stolen art have intensified. In 'Luster,' author Raven Leilani Explores What it's Like to Flail The novel Luster follows the story of Edie, a woman in her twenties living in Brooklyn who is flailing in her personal and professional life. Comedian Sam Jay Brings Honest, Intimate Conversations to Late Night "Pause with Sam Jay" is a break from the standard late night format, and focuses more on intimate conversations between Jay and her comedian friends about complicated topics. 
Comments (5)

V Kepler

It would be very helpful if the pods' description was... there; one unfinished sentence is inadequate; please reformat so we can glean content at a glance!

Jan 21st

Clinton Crick

I'm sorry- I can't understand what the second caller is doing to combat food waste. What I hear is that they store it in the freezer until the freezer bag is full, when they'll then put it with their grass clippings. Am I mishearing this?

Sep 11th
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Clinton Crick

I couldn't finish this episode. Generally do not have an issue with voices, but had a huge aversion to this host's.

Aug 25th
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