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Elizabeth Alexander; Climate Change and Food; Debating Cancel Culture; Piping Plover Protection
On this almost-Summer Friday, enjoy some of our favorite recent conversations:
Building on her New Yorker essay, Elizabeth Alexander, president of The Mellon Foundation, poet, educator, memoirist and scholar, examines the challenges of young Black Americans in her new book, The Trayvon Generation (Grand Central Publishing, 2022).
First, listeners discuss ways they've changed their diet to help combat climate change. Then, Eric Goldstein, New York City environment director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explains how the various ways of composting help in the fight against climate change.
Suzanne Nossel, PEN America chief executive officer, and Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation and the author of Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution (The New Press, 2022), debate the state of free speech in America.
Piping Plovers are tiny endangered shorebirds who spend part of the spring and summer right here in the Rockaways. Chris Allieri, founder of the NYC Plover Project, talks about how volunteers are working to protect the birds as they begin nesting on the beach.
These interviews were lightly edited for time and clarity; the original web versions are available here:
Young and Black in America (Apr 6, 2022)
Climate Change and What You Eat (Feb 22, 2022)
Climate Change and Composting (Mar 3, 2022)
Debating Cancel Culture (Mar 30, 2022)
Protecting Piping Plovers (Apr 5, 2022)
Long COVID Symptoms Can Last More Than a Year
Seth Congdon, MD, assistant professor in the department of medicine at Albert Einstein College and the medical co-director of the Montefiore-Einstein COVID-19 Recovery (CORE) Clinic, discusses the latest information on the lingering effects of COVID-19 infections, some of which have been found to last for more than a year.
A School Psychologist Shares How to Guide Students -- and Teachers -- Through Trauma
After the recent shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, school communities across the country are processing what happened and many students and teachers are traumatized. Christina Chester, school psychologist who is the director of psychological services for Montgomery County Schools in Maryland, a member of NASP’s School Safety and Crisis Response Committee, and an author of and master trainer for NASP’s PREPARE School Crisis Response and Intervention training curriculum, talks about how to talk to students about shootings, and how to help teachers and staff process these events.
Netflix Draws Criticism For 'Anti-Trans' Comedy Specials
A new comedy special on Netflix has drawn anger over comedy specials that critics and LGBTQ allies have called transphobic. James Factora, freelance writer and reporter, and contributing writer at Them, shares a view of the controversy.
New York Gun Regulation Proposals
Jon Campbell, Albany reporter for WNYC and Gothamist, talks about renewed calls for regulating guns in the wake of two mass shootings. Plus, New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie (D-20th, Brooklyn), Elections Committee chair, joins the conversation to talk about the just-upheld law he sponsored to hold manufacturers liable for gun violence and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-52nd, Brooklyn) calls in to talk about the red flag bill she sponsored.
Gun Policy and Mass Shootings
Christopher Poliquin, assistant professor of strategy at UCLA Anderson School of Management, talks about his research into why tighter gun restrictions aren't passed by lawmakers following mass shootings.