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How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.

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    • 4.8 • 304 Ratings

How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.

    Ghost Kitchens

    Ghost Kitchens

    Little by little the restaurant industry has begun to creep back to life. At the low point of the pandemic-induced recession, more than half of the industry's 15 million employees were out of work, a haunting statistic. Roughly 110,000 eating and drinking establishments closed temporarily or for good. 

    We all hate to lose our neighborhood favorites. But maybe during the pandemic you also found a brand new pizza joint that takes orders and delivers via app. 

    Now what if that pizza place wasn't really a place at all?

    This week Major digs into ghost kitchens, pop-ups and other food-industry innovations spurred on by the pandemic. Join us for a most delicious ghost story, if you dare.

    • 28 min
    Virus of Hate

    Virus of Hate

    As if the coronavirus pandemic hasn't wrought enough anguish on our country, there's a disturbing viral side effect that has no vaccine cure or therapeutic treatment. Americans are being attacked by other Americans. They're being beaten, spat upon, yelled at, shunned and hounded with racial slurs. Some have died, others have been hospitalized. 

    The victims: Asian Americans. Their crime: the way they look.

    Roughly 3000 incidents of hate against Asian Americans have been recorded since the pandemic reached full bore last March, according to one group that tracks these cases. And those are just the incidents victims reported.

     This week, Major Garrett explores what's behind the surge in anti-Asian racism, what can be done about it, and the long history of prejudice against these ethnic groups in the United States. 

    Major speaks with pro basketball player Jeremy Lin, US Congressman Ted Lieu, CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang, and others who have experienced this discrimination firsthand. 

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    • 38 min
    The Big Lie Meets the Big I

    The Big Lie Meets the Big I

    For the second time in just over a year, the Senate elected to acquit Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors, this time over his role inciting the lethal January 6th melee at the Capitol. 

    The vote was the most bipartisan exercise of its kind. Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats and independents to convict the former president.

    The outcome, though never seriously in doubt, provided a view into the future of the Republican Party. Yes, Donald Trump's relentlessly loyal base still has a grip on the GOP, but a small yet significant faction is ready to move on. 

    Even Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell - in words - laid blame at Mr. Trump's feet for provoking the January 6th riot. In deed, McConnell voted not guilty, showing that breaking up with the president and his followers is hard to do. 

    Major Garrett looks back at the week that was in Washington and what it means for history and the future. 

    • 22 min
    Disinformation: Part 2

    Disinformation: Part 2

    While we were putting this episode together, we quickly realized the vast, convoluted scope of QAnon, its tantalizing effect its followers and the bit players who conspired to propagate the lie were bigger and more twisted than we'd imagined. QAnon, we learned, is many things to many people. 

    So we decided to focus on a question we kept encountering: what to do about the untold legions who have fallen for QAnon's intoxicating allure. Could they be disabused of their beliefs and brought back to the mainstream?

    There is a temptation to lash out at these destructive - and so obviously false - conspiracy theories and the violence they helped unleash upon the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. But the wiser course, experts told us, is to walk toward QAnon believers with compassion and empathy. 

    In this episode, Major meets Jitarth Jadeja, a thirty something Australian who spent two years locked in QAnon's vice grip. When he emerged, chastened and deeply shamed, Jadeja made it his mission to help pull others out of the rabbit hole.

    • 33 min
    Disinformation: Part 1

    Disinformation: Part 1

    If your friend tells you it's going to rain tomorrow, and it turns out to be sunny, that's misinformation. Your friend was misinformed or the forecast changed.

    But if your friend tells you it's going to rain lizards, that is disinformation. And disinformation – deliberate falsehoods spread to mislead the public – has never been more prevalent. 

    The 2016 election was marred by a hostile foreign actor engaged in a coordinated disinformation campaign. In 2020, homegrown disinformation - amplified by the highest levels of government - permeated social media and contributed to one of the most shameful episodes in US history: the deadly assault on the US Capitol.

    In part one of this two-part series, Major Garrett explores disinformation: what it is, how it spreads, what’s being done to stop it.

    • 37 min
    Vaccination Nation

    Vaccination Nation

    In a feat of human achievement, vaccine developers cracked COVID-19's scientific code in less than a year, testing and developing a shot that has so far proven effective against the deadly infection.

    What's proving difficult now is getting that vaccine out of manufacturing facilities and into Americans' arms. 

    President Trump's Operation Warp Speed placed the onus on states and localities to figure out distribution. The Biden administration wants to the federal government to take a greater role in administering 100 million vaccines in 100 days. By springtime, anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one, the president said Monday.

    Major Garrett explores the obstacles to mass vaccination, why some states are doing better than others and whether the Biden administration's goals are achievable.

    • 26 min

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304 Ratings

304 Ratings

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Links to podcast music please

This podcast is excellent. The music chosen for the podcast is also very good. It would be great if links to the music in the podcast were provided in the show notes.

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