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CPR's "Connect the Dots" with Rob Verchick launches engaging, accessible discussions with top policy experts, helping listeners "connect the dots" between real issues in their lives and new developments in climate change, environmental protection, worker and consumer safety, and social equality.

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CPR's "Connect the Dots" with Rob Verchick launches engaging, accessible discussions with top policy experts, helping listeners "connect the dots" between real issues in their lives and new developments in climate change, environmental protection, worker and consumer safety, and social equality.

    Season 3, Episode 7: Essential, Not Expendable--Protecting Workers from COVID-19

    Season 3, Episode 7: Essential, Not Expendable--Protecting Workers from COVID-19

    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with CPR Member Scholars Michael Duff and Thomas McGarity about worker safety in the era of the coronavirus – the gaps in law, regulation, and enforcement that leave workers exposed to the virus while permitting employers to escape accountability for putting workers and the public in danger. The conversation touches on the difficulty of creating foolproof physical transmission barriers, the Trump administration's scuttling of an Obama-initiated rule to prevent transmission of dangerous pathogens in the workplace, and efforts to deny essential employees or their surviving family members the right to recover damages for infection. 
     
    Duff (http://www.uwyo.edu/law/directory/mike-duff.html) is a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie. McGarity (https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/thomas-o-mcgarity) holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at the University of Texas in Austin. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform (https://progressivereform.org/about-cpr/cpr-board/) and a past president of the organization.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Season 3, Episode 6: One Doctor's Life in the Time of Coronavirus

    Season 3, Episode 6: One Doctor's Life in the Time of Coronavirus

    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Dr. Andrew Duxbury about being a geriatric physician and medical school professor during the COVID-19 era. Dr. Duxbury teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    • 44 min
    Season 3, Episode 5: Saving Government Expertise and Protecting Public Health

    Season 3, Episode 5: Saving Government Expertise and Protecting Public Health

    In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Board Member Sid Shapiro and Oxford University professor Liz Fisher about the role and importance of expertise in government agencies, rulemaking, and public policy development. This topic is of particular interest as there has been a campaign in the Trump administration and by others to ignore or eliminate that expertise in a range of different ways, which hinders the ability of agencies to deliver on their legislative obligations. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Season 3, Episode 4: Youths' Climate Case Dismissed. Now What?

    Season 3, Episode 4: Youths' Climate Case Dismissed. Now What?

    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Melissa Powers (Lewis & Clark Law School) and Karen Sokol (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law) about the 9th Circuit's dismissal of the Juliana v. United States youth climate justice case, what it means -- and doesn't mean -- for other climate cases working their way through the courts, and more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Season 3, Episode 3: To Dream the Impossible Burger--and Farm

    Season 3, Episode 3: To Dream the Impossible Burger--and Farm

    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with CPR Board Members Gilonne d'Origny and Laurie Ristino about the threats to farming as usual. They also taste-test an Impossible Burger. 

    • 59 min
    Season 3, Episode 2: Will We Always Have Paris? Can the World’s Climate Agreement Survive the 2020s?

    Season 3, Episode 2: Will We Always Have Paris? Can the World’s Climate Agreement Survive the 2020s?

    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholar Noah Sachs. They discuss Sachs' new article (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3463892) on the Paris Agreement and what's next for the world's climate change accord now that the United States has started officially withdrawing from the agreement.

    • 50 min

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StabbingEaglesWithSteelyKnives ,

Great listen

Please do more of these. It's great to see important legal issue covered in a lively way that connects to the real world.

StabbingEaglesWithSteelyKnives ,

So helpful

I would love to hear a law professor's take on water infrastructure issues. From lead poisoning in Flint, to PFOA and emerging contaminants in our water supply, to sewage backups in basements, this seems like an important issue. I'd love to learn more about the legal issues here.

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