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Slim pickings for the flower industry; The fate of women's rights in Afghanistan
The Los Angeles Flower District is the largest wholesale flower market in the U.S. But lately, the pickings have been slim. Like many industries, the flower market is facing a shortage. The CEO of the Society of American Florists joins us. And, since the Taliban took power from the Afghan government, there has been immense uncertainty for women in the country. Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch discusses the future of women's rights in the country.
COVID-19 and an eviction nearly unravel one family; The digital footprint of trauma
A single mother was evicted from her home in July after she contracted COVID-19 and was unable to work. Host Peter O'Dowd visits Shuntera Brown in Phoenix to learn how both events unraveled her family's life. And, when traumatic moments happen, Big Tech algorithms remember them and remind us of them online. Wired writer Lauren Goode discusses the digital footprint of trauma.
Plastic is the new coal, report finds; Latina Equal Pay Day
The group Beyond Plastics is out with a new report that says in the next decade, plastic will emit more climate-changing greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants. Beyond Plastics President Judith Enck explains why she thinks plastic is the new coal. And, over the course of her career, a Latina woman on average earns about $1 million less than a white non-Hispanic man. Diana Ramirez of the National Women's Law Center joins us to discuss the impact of this wage gap.
Nurses on strike for 7 months; HBCU president on diminished federal funding
Hundreds of nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, walked off the job on March 8, 2021, and have been on strike ever since. Marie Ritacco, one of the nurses on strike, and Vicki Good, a nurse and past president of the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, join us. And, cuts to Biden's spending package diminished the earmarked funding for historically Black colleges and universities. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, explains why more federal funding is critical for institutions like his.
Six-word memoirs about the pandemic; Executive privilege, explained
We speak to Larry Smith, editor of the new book "A Terrible Horrible No Good Year," a collection of essays and six-word memoirs about the pandemic written by teachers, students and parents. And, executive privilege has been invoked by former President Donald Trump and his former staffer Steve Bannon — but what is its history? Timothy Noah, staff writer at The New Republic, explains.
Chef Russell Jackson on race and restaurant recovery; Yosemite's Chinese history
Chef Russell Jackson opened a restaurant in Harlem, New York, about six months before the pandemic began. During that time he became vocal about what it means to be a Black chef. He discusses restaurant recovery and race. And, this month, Yosemite National Park opened a restored Chinese laundry building on its grounds. The public exhibit will highlight the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the park. Ranger Yenyen Chan, who played a crucial part in making the exhibit a reality, joins us.
Great in depth review of current events.
Long-time listener but....
... NPR has signed up to one-dimensional spreading of the woke gospel, with little to no alternate perspectives on offer. The programming, on a daily basis, has almost become predictable in all the virtue-signaling issues it’s going to hit upon. You can tune into this,, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, NPR Politics Podcast, and get the exact same perspective from every one, with no argument or dissent. I guess it’s an age of hyper-partisan media, but the bias here is more apparent than ever. Even though I probably agree with half of it, I expect a good news program to challenge me, and to challenge itself, in reporting from different perspectives. Can’t say that happens much here.
Robin Young is just another state propagandist. She is clearly ignorant on every topic discussed on the shows.