The political system can feel like a complicated and gridlocked machine that we have little ability to influence. The truth is, you CAN change things when you know how. Enter Spectrum News 1 Anchor Curtis Jackson, who brings to the table decades of experience covering political news and events. Join him for meaningful conversations with decision-makers that will help guide listeners to an actionable understanding of the issues in Ohio.
The roots of racial inequality - Part 3: The push to close the racial wealth gap
The Biden Administration recently announced an effort to close the racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans. But how big is that gap and how did it form?
In the third and final part of our Roots of Racial Inequality series, Curtis Jackson explores the origins of wealth disparity along racial lines and why some believe a broken promise that dates back to the end of the Civil War could provide a solution.
The roots of racial inequality – Part 2: Critical Race Theory in Ohio’s public education
There is a new battleground in the culture wars: the classroom. Republican legislatures are targeting Critical Race Theory, including lawmakers in Ohio. But what is Critical Race Theory and how much a presence does it have in the state’s public elementary, middle and high schools?
In this episode of Dear Ohio, Spectrum News anchor Curtis Jackson looks at what CRT is (and isn’t), and how the debate surrounding it could threaten local control of schools and important discussions about race and inequali
The roots of racial inequality — Part 1: The plan to rescue socially disadvantaged farmers
The federal government is moving to repay the loans of socially-disadvantaged farmers, including Black, Latino and Asian producers. The initiative is meant to address financial disparities laid bare by the pandemic, but those same inequities can be traced back even further— to Reconstruction and Manifest Destiny.
In this series of reports, Curtis Jackson examines how the past is informing current policy in Ohio and political debate in the state and beyond.
Vax-a-Million, scholarship lotteries may lessen vaccine hesitancy
The first lotteries of a million dollars and college scholarships for vaccinated adults and adolescents will be held today. The Ohio Department of Health says the lotteries are driving more Ohioans to get vaccinated.
In this episode of Dear Ohio, Curtis Jackson explains why it’s working.
What's behind police-caused deaths? The reality behind police reform
White police officers in Columbus have killed five Black people in five months. The shootings have once again amplified calls for police reform that reached a fever pitch last summer, but the components of reform, and how best to implement them, are seldom agreed upon. And even the best intentions can lead to bad outcomes.
In this episode of Dear Ohio, Spectrum News 1 anchor Curtis Jackson walks listeners through some proposals for change and explains why some are misguided and others will take time.
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month and highlighting the rise of violence against Asian Americans
This year's AAPI Heritage Month comes at a time of unprecedented pain and promise for Asian Americans in Ohio and across America. An increase in violence against Asian Americans is being driven by xenophobia and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Dear Ohio, state Sen. Tina Maharath, the first Asian American woman elected to the Ohio Senate, and University of New Mexico law professor Vinay Harpalani, detail the challenges facing the AAPI community before and since the pandemic started.
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