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Arizona Lessons On COVID-19; College Admissions In A Pandemic

Arizona reported thousands of new coronavirus infections over the weekend, with young adults leading the growth. University of Arizona epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu joins us to discuss the lessons learned from Arizona, which was one of the first states to ease coronavirus restrictions. And, high school students are facing uncertainty about applying to college next year due to the pandemic. One college counselor joins us to discuss some of the challenges.


Mysterious Elephant Deaths; Wearing Masks Could Help GDP

More than 350 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana over the past few months. We talk with the Director of National Park Service Dr. Niall McCann about what could be causing these deaths and what's at stake for the larger ecosystem. Also, Goldman Sachs says if a mandatory mask order were imposed nationally, it could help the economy avoid a 5% hit to GDP. The study assumes that if everyone wore a mask, states would not have to impose mandatory lockdowns which are disrupting the...


Native Americans Occupied Mount Rushmore 50 Years Ago; Best TV Of 2020

Fifty years ago this summer, a group of Native American activists scaled the top of the Mount Rushmore and occupied the area for months to demand the land be returned to the Sioux. We look back on the significance of this event with the son of one of the original protesters, Executive Director of United Native Americans Quanah Parker Brightman. Also, while much TV production has halted across the world, there's still quality programming to catch up on. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans shares some...


Texas Restaurant Owner; Americans Share What Freedom Means To Them

As restaurants in some states begin to shut down again due to spikes in coronavirus infections, some owners are considering whether to close for good. Houston restaurant owner Bill Loveday joins us to discuss how his restaurant is handling the pandemic and the rapidly changing public health restrictions in Texas. And, we asked several Americans from across the country to explain what freedom means to them this Independence Day.


Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon; Miami-Dade Police Officer Relieved Of Duty

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon joins us to discuss the state's massive budget shortfall as it also faces rising coronavirus cases. And, a Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after widely circulated body cam footage revealed a dispute he had with a Black woman at the Miami International Airport. Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle has the details.


#OscarsSoWhite Creator On White Actors Voicing Non-White Characters; Protest Songs

Several animated TV series including long-running hits like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" have made a decision to no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic groups. Host Lisa Mullins speaks to April Reign, the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, about criticism regarding minority characters played by white actors. Also, from "Yankee Doodle" to viral Tik Tok remixes, protest music is American music. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Claudia Meza takes us through the history...


Northern California COVID-19 Spikes; Mount Rushmore History

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he plans to further scale back the state's reopening plans due to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including a cluster at San Quentin State Prison. And, author John Taliaferro joins us to discuss the complicated history of Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump's visit this week at a time of heated debate over monuments linked to racism and discrimination.


Teacher Calls For Anti-Racism Curriculum; COVID-19 Pool Testing

Sixth-grade English teacher Zakia Jarrett was temporarily placed on administrative paid leave for telling students that "most cops are racist" during a class discussion on race and racism. We speak to Jarrett about her suspension regarding anti-racism education in Milton, Massachusetts. Also, public health officials are scrambling to increase the country's capacity for testing. One solution could be to test multiple people at once using a method known as pool testing.


WNBA's Renee Montgomery Fights For Social Justice; Clint Black's New Album

WNBA veteran and Atlanta Dream star Renee Montgomery has announced she's leaving the league in order to seize this moment of change to fight for social and racial justice. We talk to her about the move. Also, we speak with Grammy-winning country musician Clint Black, who has just released a new studio album called "Out of Sane."


Princeton Drops Woodrow Wilson's Name; College Students On Edge About Fall

Citing his racism and racist policies, Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of international and public affairs. The move comes amid ongoing efforts to take down statues and monuments that honor the Confederacy around the U.S. We speak with historian Julian Zelizer. Also, college students are wrestling with whether or not to enroll for the fall — or try to defer enrollment until they can be sure to have a full college experience. KUOW's Eilís O'Neill has...


Family Of Woman Who Portrayed Aunt Jemima Speaks Out; COVID Toe Mystery

Quaker Oats announced it's rebranding Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup because of its racist history. While descendants of Lillian Richard, who portrayed Aunt Jemima for years, support the company's decision to rename the brand, they want to ensure her legacy lives on. We speak to Vera Harris, a family historian for the Richard family of Hawkins. Also, one of the weird symptoms we've heard about when it comes to the coronavirus is something called COVID toe. KUOW's David Hyde reports.


Boston Artist Calls To Remove Lincoln Statue; COVID-19 Puts Kids Behind In School

When Boston artist Tory Bullock looks at the Emancipation Memorial in Boston's Park Square, he sees subservience instead of freedom. Bullock says it's time to remove the statue, so he's circulating an online petition to achieve his goal. We talk to Bullock about the statue's history and why he believes it would be better situated in a museum. Also, Robin Lake, director of the Center for Reinventing Public Education, says the average student may be one full year behind in math when school...


NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge; Racism And The Culture Of NASCAR

NASA has announced the "Lunar Loo Challenge," a contest for designs for a toilet that could be used in a future expedition to the moon. We speak with Mike Interbartolo, project manager for the challenge. Also, the culture of NASCAR is shifting thanks to the only full-time Black driver in the cup series, Bubba Wallace. We talk to Maya Jones of "The Undefeated" who covers NASCAR.


Colorado Gov. On Killing Of Elijah McClain; Firefighters Battle COVID-19

This year's fire season is unlike anything we've ever seen with firefighters battling both flames and COVID-19. We talk with Jim Whittington, an Oregon-based wildland fire expert. Also, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says the state will investigate the police killing of a 23-year-old Black man, Elijah McClain, last year. We talk to Polis about McClain, policing in Colorado and how the state has avoided a COVID-19 spike as it reopens.


Remembering Stonewall; Koreas Mark War's 70th Anniversary

The LGBTQ community celebrates Pride month in June to honor the Stonewall riots. We revisit Jeremy Hobson's conversation with Paul Glass and Charles Evans who were both at the 1969 riot at New York's Stonewall Inn which sparked the gay rights movement. Also, the Korean War, which killed and injured millions, started 70 years ago on June 25, 1950. We speak to Samuel Wells, Cold War Fellow at the Wilson Center, about the Korean War, which ended with an armistice but no peace treaty.


Smart Thermometer Data Predicts New COVID-19 Spikes; Renaming Military Bases

The Kinsa smart thermometer began mapping out coronavirus hotspots in mid-March with accuracy that caught the eye of public health experts around the country. We spoke to Kinsa CEO Inder Singh at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. We check in again about where COVID-19 is heading and how Kinsa data is helping prevent its spread. Also, the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington raises the question of what names might replace those of...


Biographer Robert Caro; Mountaineer Explores Mariana Trench

Robert Caro is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Power Broker" and "The Years of Lyndon Johnson." Host Robin Young talks to him about "Working," his latest book. Also, Vanessa O'Brien has climbed the tallest mountains on the earth and she's just gone into the deepest place on the planet: the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Jeremy Hobson speaks with her.


Chef Paola Velez On Uplifting Chefs Of Color; A Nurse's Anti-Bias Plan

Rising Star Chef Nominee Paola Velez is one of the founders of Bakers Against Racism, which raises money for organizations that support Black lives. Velez talks about her career and how the restaurant industry has been shaken by the pandemic. Also, health care professionals are speaking out against bias and discrimination. CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association Delanor Manson wrote in a recent editorial that she condemns "the tentacles of racism" that systematically endanger people of color.


Do Cops Need Guns?; Algorithmic Bias In Policing, Surveillance Technology

Ongoing protests against police violence and racism have prompted a reexamination of the role guns play in law enforcement. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Tracey Meares, professor and founding director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Also, as more Americans call for police reform, the next step in the conversation is taking a closer look at policing technology. Princeton University professor Ruha Benjamin discusses the algorithmic bias embedded within many policing and...


Black And Latinx Renters At Risk; Brands Boycott Facebook

With more than 46 million people unemployed and housing protections expiring in many states, housing experts anticipate a nationwide evictions crisis that will hit Black and Latinx renters the hardest. Also, Patagonia, REI and The North Face are among the companies pulling their advertising from Facebook and Instagram, citing what they called the company's "repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of hate on its platforms."