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How One Chicago Neighborhood Is Coping With The Toll Of Gun Violence

Jul 28 • 30:30

The Epidemic Inside The Pandemic

Jul 27 • 31:01
As the pandemic rages worldwide, opioid overdose deaths in the US rose, with deaths up 29 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. The 93,000 deaths are attributed to isolation, disruption of addiction services, and other consequences of the pandemic.

At the same time, a $26 billion settlement between states and some of the biggest manufacturers in the opioid industry is being f...

Baby Bust: Explaining The Declining U.S. Birth Rate

Jul 26 • 30:22
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. birthrate fell by 4 percent in 2020 — hitting a record low. People are having fewer children than the 2.1 needed to maintain a steady population. That's been true for years across all domestic communities.

Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly why people want fewer children. Others are finding that even i...

The News Roundup for July 23, 2021

Jul 23 • 01:28:28
The Delta variant is ripping its way through the United States, where it now accounts for 83 percent of new U.S. Covid-19 cases.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican selections for the bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. And a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful and suspend...

As Extreme Weather Becomes Common, Can We Adapt?

Jul 22 • 32:27
Extreme weather has dominated headlines for most of 2021. Fires, floods, droughts, and record-shattering heatwaves have swept over the U.S. and the world.

The United States has already spent $29 billion fighting extreme weather events in the first six months of the year. That number is expected to only go up.

Both climate scientists and disaster researchers say the growin...

The Rise Of The Four-Day Work Week

Jul 21 • 29:51
In early 2021, the CEO of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, Aziz Hasan, announced that the company will be piloting a four-day work week in 2022. The schedule consists of 32 working hours per week rather than 40.

But a growing number of companies have already successfully moved to a four-day week and the pandemic has accelerated the movement.

But is a four-day work week ...

Branson, Bezos, And The Billionaires: The Future Of Space Tourism

Jul 20 • 30:39
Jeff Bezos successfully completed Blue Origins' first ride to the edge of space. It's a clear milestone in the Amazon founder's long-held desire to reach the final frontier. It's just about a week after British billionaire Richard Branson did the same.

But for those without billions, a trip aboard these kinds of flights could break the bank. Regardless, these companies are ...

How The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Cut Childhood Poverty In Half

Jul 19 • 28:24
In early 2021, Congress voted to temporarily expand the child tax credit, opting to send monthly payments to more families. The first payments rolled out last week.

Families received between $250 to $300 per child, depending on that child's age. Some estimates say that money could cut child poverty in half if they can reach every family eligible.

How does that tax credit ch...

The News Roundup for July 16, 2021

Jul 16 • 01:27:54
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden drafted legislation this week to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Laws permitting either medical or recreational marijuana use have become increasingly common at the state level in recent years.

In COVID-19 news; Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas, and Louisiana are the U.S. states to see the greatest...

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