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The state of police reform; Businesses to hire more people with criminal records
Tyre Nichols' death from injuries caused by Memphis police officers has reignited nationwide calls for police reform and federal action. Harvard University Professor Yanilda Gonzalez explains what can be done. Then, experts recommend that people with increased risk for ovarian cancer have their fallopian tubes removed in some circumstances. New York Times reporter Roni Rabin joins us. And, for people in the U.S. who have criminal records, finding housing or a job can be a struggle. But, some businesses are making deliberate efforts to hire ex-offenders to lower that barrier to work. Dane Linn, senior vice president at Business Roundtable, joins us.
Skate shop owner reflects on Tyre Nichols; How much dark chocolate is safe to eat?
Sac Ramp Skate Shop owner Christopher Dean reflects on the life of Tyre Nichols, who will be buried in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday. Skateboarders in Sacramento, California, where Nichols grew up, will remember him at a "homegoing celebration" on Saturday. Then, meteorologist Mark Elliot talks about the freezing rain and brutal cold that is causing power outages across Texas, Arkansas and other states in the region. And, a new study by Consumer Reports confirms that most dark chocolate is contaminated by heavy metals lead and cadmium. So what does that mean for consumers? And how did the metals get there in the first place? James Rogers, director of food and safety research at Consumer Reports, joins us.
Surgeon general calls gun violence an 'epidemic'; How Waco reverberates today
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has long called gun violence in America an epidemic. He's pushing for more research into gun violence and what the government can do to prevent it. Then, a federal appeals court ended Johnsons & Johnson's attempt to sidestep lawsuits over its baby powder Monday. The company tried to use a bankruptcy filing to block the nearly 40,000 lawsuits from people alleging its baby powder contains asbestos. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us. And, author Kevin Cook talks about his new book, "Waco Rising: David Koresh, the FBI, and the Birth of America's Modern Militias."
Coping with racial trauma from Tyre Nichols' death; VA school reopens after shooting
The Memphis Police Department has disbanded its SCORPION unit. The acronym stood for "Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods," and the specialized unit of five officers was charged in the death of Tyre Nichols. Keith Taylor, an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, joins us. And, Tyre Nichols' death shocked the nation, but many weren't surprised as more information about police brutality came to light. How does the Black and Brown community — in Memphis and around the country — move forward from this racial trauma? Trauma therapist Resmaa Menakem joins us. Then, earlier this month, a 6-year-old shot his teacher in a Virginia classroom. Monday, the Richneck Elementary School in Newport News reopens for the first time since. Thomas Britton has a 6-year-old in the same class as the shooter and joins us.
Tyre Nichols' family lawyer on charges; Breaking barriers to Asian mental health care
Tyre Nichols died at the hands of Memphis police officers earlier this month at what should have been a routine traffic stop. One of the attorneys representing Nichols' family, Antonio Romanucci, joins us. And, the Biden administration is proposing changes to the U.S. census and federal surveys that research shows will make data on Latinos and people of Middle Eastern or North African descent more accurate. NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins us. Then, the Asian Mental Health Collective started during the pandemic to provide free therapy and work toward erasing the stigma around mental healthcare. The group is rallying counselors across the country amid shootings targeting Asian communities. Jeanie Chang, board president of the Asian Mental Health Collective joins us.
Economy expands in Q4, but fear of recession looms; 'The Persian Version' at Sundance
U.S. GDP rose 2.9% in the final quarter of 2022. It beat expectations, but fears of a recession still loom large among economists. MSNBC's Ali Velshi breaks down the latest numbers. And, we check back with Isom, Kentucky, grocery store owner Gwen Christon, six months after flood waters ruined her store, the only grocery store within miles in her small, rural town. Then, the Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah. Director Maryam Keshavarz talks about "The Persian Version," a sweeping family dramedy about three generations of Iranian women.
Agree with many!
I prefer the old format!
Not a fan
Well I tried. Gave this new format as much as my time as I could. Mark me as “unfollowing “.
Let me know when you are back to the former 2 hour podcast format.
Like others, I’m not able to listen live when this broadcasts in MA nor when it is broadcast in my current state.
Who moved my cheese??
What happened to my two full daily episodes of H&N? This curated “best of” may be liked by some but It’s not easy to listen to the full 2 hours on demand from WBUR website. No ability to play at 1.5x or 2x speeds. Please bring back 2 full episodes as option on apple podcasts. I’m in withdrawal.