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St. Jude Makes Big Promises. Do They Hold Up?

Dec 1 • 25:44
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraises on the promise that "families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live."

But a new investigation from ProPublica investigates that claim, a statement which helps the charity out-raise any other hospital of its type.

We dive ...

The Omicron Variant, Infected Deer, And Where The Pandemic Goes From Here

Nov 30 • 24:13
An estimated 53 million Americans returned from their holiday travel this weekend to news of a new variant of COVID-19.

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa and cases have since been reported in a growing number of countries including Germany, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

Experts say it's only a matter of time before cases are reported in the U.S. Presid...

Transgender Troops On Protecting Their Right To Serve

Nov 29 • 32:11
On January 25, President Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military.But the door remains open for future administrations to reinstate it.

So what would it take to protect the ability for trans troops to serve openly?

We talk with active duty trans service members about life in the military — and what it would take to protect t...

Food, Traditions, and Turkey Day: Old and New

Nov 25 • 32:45
Last year, many families across the U.S. chose to stay home and go without their Thanksgiving and other holiday traditions to limit the spread of coronavirus. But for some, a minimal holiday season brought new traditions and menus, such as hosting a 'Friendsgiving' or celebrating solo.

What can you do to make the holiday season extra special this year – both on and off the...

The Pandemic Saw A Spike In Traffic Deaths. What's Being Done To Stop It?

Nov 24 • 32:16
When cities shut down at the start of the pandemic, streets were emptier. There was more speeding, more drinking and driving, and less seatbelt-wearing. Deaths and serious injuries spiked for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.

And it didn't stop once cities reopened. The first half of 2021 had the largest six-month jump in traffic fatalities on record. City leaders a...

Why Guilty Pleasures Shouldn't Make Us Feel Guilty

Nov 23 • 29:38
In July 2019, Rax King published an essay about Food Network Star Guy Fieri. The so-called mayor of Flavortown is known for his bleached hair, bowling shirts, and rhyming exclamations ("so much salami, call my mommy").

King wrote about how Fieri's unadulterated tackiness was the perfect balm to help her move on from her ex-husband — a preppy, uptight, anti-Guy kind of guy.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Judges

Nov 22 • 32:11
Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges in a criminal trial that's underscored deep divides over gun rights, vigilantism, and racial justice protests.

And throughout the trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder has garnered a lot of attention.

The trial has raised tough questions about judges — who gets to be one, how they're assigned cases, how they're appointed, and how the...

The News Roundup for November 19, 2021

Nov 19 • 01:29:00
The 12 jurors charged with deciding the verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse began deliberations Tuesday morning.

Eighty percent of Americans 12 and over have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, some 62 million Americans remain completely unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have added their voices to a chorus of conc...

2021, The Year Of The 'Sad Girl'

Nov 18 • 31:48
Between Adele's new album"30," Taylor Swift's re-release of "Red," and a new song from Mitski, it's been quite a month for so-called "sad girl" music – a category of female artists whose searing, poetic lyrics about breakups and heartache accompany us through our days.

Even before November, this year has been dominated by a bevy of sad girls – from Olivia Rodrigo to Julien ...

Homicide Or Self-Defense: The Rittenhouse And Arbery Cases

Nov 17 • 31:50
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 17-year-old is charged with homicide following the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. The shooting occurred during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

Meanwhile, in Brunswick, Georgia, the trial of Greg and Travis McMichael for the shooting death of Ahma...

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