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    Millions Of Americans Quit Their Jobs; Mexico Sinkhole Swallows House

    Millions Of Americans Quit Their Jobs; Mexico Sinkhole Swallows House

    Despite the economic devastation caused by the pandemic, millions of Americans are leaving their jobs. In April, some 4 million people quit, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We explore what's pushing so many people to quit their jobs. And, a large sinkhole has been growing at a farm in Mexico since May. It's already swallowed a house, and two dogs had to be rescued recently from the hole.

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    Juneteenth Mural; Parenting In The Pandemic

    Juneteenth Mural; Parenting In The Pandemic

    It's a momentous day in the U.S. as a new holiday, Juneteenth, becomes official. In 1865 in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black Americans learned of their freedom. Now, a new mural honors the day. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has more. And, the pandemic and years of political and social unrest have changed parenting. Writer and parent Carvell Wallace joins us.

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    Transgender Athletes In Tokyo Olympics; Dinner Party Recipes

    Transgender Athletes In Tokyo Olympics; Dinner Party Recipes

    Several transgender athletes around the world are vying to make history at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. We speak with LGBTQ sportswriter Cyd Zeigler and professional runner Nikki Hiltz, who recently announced they are transgender and nonbinary. And, ready to start hosting again? Chef Kathy Gunst has recipes for entertaining as many states lift pandemic restrictions.

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    Relationship Between Freedom And Voting; Title IX Protects Trans Students

    Relationship Between Freedom And Voting; Title IX Protects Trans Students

    After record voter turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled legislatures are passing restrictive voting rights laws, emboldened by false claims of voter fraud. The CEO of the New Georgia Project explains what these attacks mean for the American freedom to vote. And, the Department of Education says transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. The 19th reporter Kate Sosin joins us.

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    Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; 'Truth Like Oil' Novel

    Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; 'Truth Like Oil' Novel

    Florida Keys officials are working on a unique experiment: hatching thousands of genetically modified mosquitos and releasing them. Andrea Leal of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District explains. And, Connie Biewald discusses her new novel, "Truth Like Oil," about a Black teen struggling with his own demons as his prospects of walking across the stage on graduation day grow smaller.

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    Ursula Burns' Journey To Xerox CEO; Cruise Industry And Vaccine Passports

    Ursula Burns' Journey To Xerox CEO; Cruise Industry And Vaccine Passports

    When Ursula Burns was named the CEO of Xerox in 2009, she became the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. Her new memoir takes readers through her nearly 30-year journey from intern to CEO. And, Celebrity Cruises is requiring passengers 16 and older to show COVID-19 vaccination proof, but that goes against the law in its home state of Florida. The Miami Herald's Taylor Dolven explains the fight over vaccine requirements.

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