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In April 2010, Arizona enacted the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, better known as Senate Bill 1070. The state law required police officers to inquire about the legal status of anyone they thought might be in the country illegally. But what would make an officer think someone was in the country illegally? To its opponents, it codified and provided legal cover for racial profiling, something that continues to be an issue. To its supporters, SB 1070 tackled the issue of ...
 
"Republic Keeper is my new favorite go-to when I'm on the road or in the garden. You may not agree with everything he says, but you can't deny that he says it with grace and civility--two things I've missed terribly in our current climate.)" The Republic Keeper Podcast is a weekday civics class told through the headlines and issues of the day. Host Brian O’Kelly shares the ways in which events intersect with our constitution and founding principles. Both Liberals and Conservatives find Brian ...
 
There is nothing more dangerous than an educated voter. The Vote 2018 Election Podcast will give you the insight you need to make an informed decision at the polls this year. We'll take you state to state to learn about all of the biggest upcoming races in the 2018 mid-term election year, hearing from political journalists from all over the nation for a fact-based discussion about our upcoming races. We provide the information, you make the decision. #VOTE2018
 
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"Half Brothers" star Luis Gerardo Méndez joins us to talk about the need for more authentic portrayals of Mexicans in film. The new movie tells the story of a Mexican aviation executive who learns he has a half-brother in America. And, lizards that can grow up to 4 feet long are invading the American South. The Argentine black-and-white tegu first …
 
Some scientists say they can narrow down who should be tested for COVID-19 by using sounds hidden in human vocal cords. Brett Dahlberg with IEEE Spectrum reports. Also, the Biden administration plans to tackle climate change, and it has the support of businesses to take swift action. Last week General Motors dropped its support of the Trump adminis…
 
The federal government's moratorium on evictions expires at the end of the year. In some states, including Georgia, evictions can have long-lasting consequences for tenants. WABE's Stephannie Stokes reports. Also, ski season is underway, and it's bumping up against spikes in COVID-19 cases across the country. Resorts have put safety protocols in pl…
 
After being put on a ventilator while fighting COVID-19, Jeff Gerson launched a project to find the more than 134 hospital workers who attended to him. Gerson joins us to tell his story. And, the Arecibo telescope — a platform of radio receivers suspended over a massive dish — collapsed on Tuesday in Puerto Rico. We talk with Alyssa Goodman, astron…
 
A week after its discovery, a mysterious 9-foot steel obelisk in the Utah wilderness has disappeared. No one knows who removed the object. Zak Podmore of The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Also, nearly 40 years after HIV/AIDS was first detected, more than 30 million have died. One of the co-founders of activist group ACT UP reflects on what progress ha…
 
Father Emil Kapaun died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War but not before saving the lives of countless fellow prisoners. A new book, "The Saint Makers" by Joe Drape, tells Kapaun's story and also details the campaign to make him a saint. Drape joins us. And, one New York City restaurant is testing employees and guests before they're a…
 
Democrats made history in the Southwest in the 2020 election. We speak with two politics professors about the signs that perhaps that the Sun Belt may be just as important as the Rust Belt in future elections. And, epidemiologist Michael Mina says at-home tests could be one of the country's most effective tools against COVID-19. He joins us to expl…
 
As surges in COVID-19 cases strain hospital capacity across the U.S., morgue capacity is also a growing concern for the coroner of Washoe County, Nevada. Dr. Laura Knight has been preparing for a scenario where she could run out of space in the weeks ahead. Also, a record-breaking hurricane season ends on Monday. We review the historic weather with…
 
The Arizona Board of Education has made it a requirement that middle and high school students learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. Kim Klett, an English teacher at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, joins us. And, the sheriff's department in Ellis County, Texas, is expanding disability and mental health training, after an incident in 20…
 
Though the Thanksgiving meal might have been smaller this year, there may still be leftovers. Chef Kathy Gunst shares some of her leftover ideas. Also, a COVID-19 surge is putting pressure on testing supplies. Now, some scientists think they might have found a way to relieve that pressure. They say they can narrow down who should be tested by using…
 
Chances are you didn't run your annual turkey trot this year. While some races went virtual, asking participants to run on their own and send a donation, others canceled altogether. So what does that mean for charity dollars during the giving season? Stacy Palmer of the Chronicle of Philanthropy explains the challenges. Also, Native Americans are a…
 
As we do every Thanksgiving, we'll take a visit to see the snow geese in Vermont with host Robin Young and her late uncle Lachlan Maclachlan Field. And, Jane Arraf has covered Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News for the past four years. Before she leaves NPR for her next chapter at the New York Times, she joins us to talk a…
 
“A mind-frying congregation of vibrating exoskeletons, birds and mammals celebrating the gifts of rainfall around a newly formed lake in the Louga région of Senegal. These party animals were nowhere to be seen or heard for months prior to the rainfall, having had to endure an uncomfortably long dry spell.” www.el-enany.com…
 
For Native peoples, Thanksgiving is not a day to rejoice. It's a day of mourning. We talk to the granddaughter of one of the founders of the National Day of Mourning, which is honored every Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Also, we visit Crossroads Mission, a homeless shelter in Yuma, Arizona, ahead of their yearly Thanksgiving meal, which …
 
Many people have lost loved ones in 2020. Family members and friends are choosing to stay apart this Thanksgiving to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Two interfaith leaders in Oklahoma have some thoughts on giving thanks this holiday season. And, now that virtual learning has become the new norm, parents are struggling to limit screen time …
 
Author Ernest Cline talks about "Ready Player Two," his sequel to the best selling "Ready Player One." The first book became a hit film directed by Steven Spielberg. And, NPR's Domenico Montanaro joins us to discuss the history-making names that President-elect Joe Biden is floating for his cabinet and what their selection means for governance and …
 
Harvard University professor Willy Shih says while we may see some brief, local shortages of items this winter, stores have learned a lot about making their supply chains more resilient this past year. Also, COVID-19 deaths continue to spike in El Paso, Texas. Jorge Ortiz sees this devastation up close as a funeral manager. These days, his job incl…
 
Virgin Hyperloop is the first company to conduct a test of its new hyperloop technology with human passengers. Sara Luchian was one of the two passengers on the first test ride earlier this month. And, the surging coronavirus pandemic has complicated the annual college student exodus for Thanksgiving. At The State University of New York system, kno…
 
Zoom has been the clear favorite to connect people during the pandemic. Hearing health advocates, however, say it hasn't connected everyone. One advocate explains her efforts to get Zoom's closed captioning out from behind a paywall. Also, the incoming Biden administration has signaled that it is willing to consider some form of student loan debt f…
 
“I live nearby this really captivating and ominous water tower so walked up the hill there. It sounded surprisingly crunchy because it’s gotten quite icy and I was walking through some icy long grass, so maybe not the typical snow sound.”By Field Recordings
 
As the busy winter lettuce season hits full swing in Yuma, Arizona, migrant workers and farmers are trying to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. We visit the border region, where 90% of the country's winter lettuce crop is grown. Also, the Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a new at-home coronavirus test. The prescription-only kit will cost under $5…
 
Civil rights lawyer Nora Benavidez joins us to discuss a growing number of states where lawmakers are passing or proposing laws to criminalize protest activity. And, climate activists have asked the incoming Biden administration not to hire anyone with ties to the oil and gas industries. Already they've been disappointed by his hiring of Rep. Cedri…
 
After intimidating the Wayne County officials into certifying the vote in Michigan, the two council members rescinded thier yes votes. WE explore some of the court cases as well as take a look at the latest controversial statement around the virus. 168 - The Tide Begins to Turn 00:00:01 - 00:05:04 Yup turn the microphone on. What i need is a produc…
 
Host Peter O'Dowd went to Yuma, Arizona, to see what two local elected officials think should happen to President Trump's border wall after he leaves office. He speaks with Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and the Vice Mayor of San Luis, Arizona, Matias Rosales. And, a worker helping set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree found a tiny owl on Monda…
 
California is now floating the idea of implementing a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many businesses have had to scale back operations, including restaurants, which are no longer allowed to offer indoor dining. We speak with one owner about the impact on his restaurants. And, foster parents had a difficult job before the pandemic. No…
 
COVID-19 has caused home cooks in many households to scale down their Thanksgiving feasts. Resident chef Kathy Gunst joins us with recipes and suggestions. And, with no pre-existing conditions, Thomas Steele anticipated a speedy recovery from COVID-19. But after less than a week, he found himself gasping for air with plunging oxygen levels. We spea…
 
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Retired Adm. James Stavridis, joins us to discuss the impact of President Trump's planned troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq. And, some on the right are arguing that the U.S. is a republic, rather than a democracy. We get to the bottom of what's true with political science professor George Thomas.…
 
U.S. Postal Service workers are uniting for a national day of action Tuesday in cities throughout the country to call for more support from Congress. Lori Cash, a sales and distribution clerk at the local post office in Lancaster, New York, talks about worker morale. And, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stressing the importance of following the sci…
 
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