June 1, 2020
While George Floyd’s killing galvanized many of this weekend's protests, his death was the latest in a series of events that make this such a painful moment for black Americans.
President Trump has yet to suggest any kind of official collective grieving or day of remembrance.
May 29, 2020
The Future of the Democratic Primary
At the beginning of the Democratic nominating contests, the party faced a number of challenges. The field being crowded with candidates with such varied politics demonstrated that there were different visions for the future of the party. And today, while Joe Biden is the presumed nominee, there is concern that he won't drive excitement and turnout in the way a candidate like Senator Bernie Sanders might've been able to.
The Democratic Party's foremost goal is to remove President Donald Trump from office, but they'll need to respond sufficiently to questions surrounding racial and economic inequality in addition to the fault lines exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. A roundtable discussion about the future of the Democratic Party and the role progressive candidates will play within the larger institution.
Also, a conversation about the killing of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis and how Trump's response demonstrates his need to exploit division.
Joel Payne, former aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and host of "Here Comes the Payne"
Maya King, Campaign 2020 Reporting Fellow at Politico
Dave Weigel, National Political Reporter at The Washington Post
Jamaal Bowman, Democratic Primary Candidate for New York’s 16th Congressional District
The Legacy of Larry Kramer with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
This week, activist and playwright Larry Kramer died at age 84. He devoted his life to advocating for the gay community during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Kramer was an outspoken critic of the government's response to the crisis and famously criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, who at the time was the face of the federal government's response, in the pages of the San Francisco Examiner.
Dr. Fauci reflects on his friendship with Larry Kramer and how their bond influenced the rest of his career in public health.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
May 28, 2020
Lockdown measures are becoming harder to follow as the weather warms up and people are increasingly feeling the mental and emotional strain of isolation.
Investigations on three senators were dropped, but Sen. Burr will continue to be investigated.
Earlier this week, a viral video showed Christian Cooper, a black man, being threatened by a white woman, Amy Cooper, while he was birdwatching in Central Park.
The viral video raises questions about who can or cannot weaponize the police in the U.S.
Comedian Tawny Newsome joins The Takeaway to discuss her role on the Netflix's 'Space Force,' and what the pandemic means for her comedy going forward.
May 27, 2020
A deadly Minneapolis encounter between a police officer and an unarmed black person sparks calls for justice.
Meat plants around the country rely on immigrant labor in their facilities.
The Takeaway talks to air travel experts about how the airline industry is changing due to the pandemic.
Thousands of Cruise Crew Members Stuck at Sea Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
Some workers aren’t being paid, and in many cases, they don’t yet know when they can go home.
With travel plans foiled for the summer because of COVID-19, many of us will be turning to novels for an escape. Vox's Constance Grady joins The Takeaway with her recommendations.
May 26, 2020
As beaches and other outdoor spaces around the country open to the public, it's worth asking: is there a way to enjoy these spaces responsibly during a pandemic?
We head over to Indonesia, where the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been steadily growing, while cases in other parts of Southeast Asia have been decreasing.
COVID-19 has given us all a newfound appreciation for health care workers. But could that kind of enthusiasm translate into votes?
May 25, 2020
Can the Department of Defense effectively battle a virus while maintaining U.S combat capabilities?
The Takeaway, along with Death, Sex & Money, asked for listener memories and stories about the people they’ve lost during the COVID-19 crisis.
In the absence of traditional mourning rituals like funerals, the obituary pages are becoming a communal space for us to grieve together in this moment.
If you are a veteran and you need help, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone.
May 22, 2020
How Political Identities Have Become About What We Hate Instead of What We Love
Individual reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and the public health restrictions that have accompanied it have underscored how powerful negative partisanship can be in the formation of political opinions. In past crises, national shocks have urged partisans to put aside their personal grievances in pursuit of the greater good, but today, that doesn't seem to be the case.
A look at how the perception of risk influences our political behavior and the impact it has on public opinion.
- Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School
- Lynn Vavreck, Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times
Last month, Georgia became one of the first states to begin easing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The decision was criticized by health officials as moving too quickly and risking a potential surge in cases.
Across the state, citizens, business owners, and mayors hold mixed feelings regarding how Governor Brian Kemp has approached the public health crisis. While many governors across the U.S. have seen a bump in approval for their handling of the crisis, just 39% approved of Governor Kemp's handling of the pandemic.
A look at how Georgia residents and business owners are navigating the reopening and what they need to see before they decide to participate.
- Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute
- David Bradley, President and CEO of the Athens Chamber of Commerce
Back to School
Parents can't go back to work if they're also responsible for co-teaching and childcare throughout the day. Any return to normalcy for families across the U.S. will be impossible without schools reopening. And while online learning has become the norm, it's exacerbated inequality as having a computer and reliable internet access have become precursors to learning from home.
A look at how schools in Colorado are approaching what a return might look like and the steps that would be necessary to get students back in the classroom.
Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado
May 21, 2020
Major companies like Amazon and Kroger will soon end the hazard pay raises they have been giving to essential workers.
As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19?
The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead.
The L.A.-based band, Chicano Batman, discusses their new album "Invisible People."
May 20, 2020
As the U.S. struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, experts worry about the impact on disaster preparedness as hurricane and wildfire seasons approach.
Business interruption insurance claims are being denied by insurers causing business owners to file lawsuits and look to state governments for help.
Health officials have stressed that in order to reopen states safely, the number of contact tracers in the U.S. needs to increase drastically.
New Zealand has been heralded as a success story in how it's handled COVID-19, but its success is hard to replicate elsewhere.
May 19, 2020
Restaurants in some states are reopening for dine-in service, but ongoing shifts in how they do business are resulting in massive losses for the food service industry.
Each day, we’re confronted by numbers, information, and images reminding us of the infectious disease’s toll around the world.
The swarms of locusts are leading to fears of famine in the region, where response to COVID-19 is already stretched thin.
Activists, attorneys, and doctors ring the alarm on dangerous conditions in ICE custody.