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Containing the Virus
Since the first death from COVID-19 was reported back in February, some parts of the U.S. have had more success containing the virus than others. Steve Inskeep talks with reporters from different parts of the country to take a closer look at how the coronavirus spread has progressed, and what could happen next.
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Morning Edition
Containing the Virus
Since the first death from COVID-19 was reported back in February, some parts of the U.S. have had more success containing the virus than others. Steve Inskeep talks with reporters from different parts of the country to take a closer look at how the coronavirus spread has progressed, and what could happen next.
9:00 am – 9:40 am
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California Hits Pause on New Unemployment Applications as EDD Restructures
Facing a massive backlog of 600,000 cases, California’s Employment Development Department says it will not accept new unemployment claims until October 5 as it works to restructure its website to process claims more efficiently. The temporary “pause” also comes after a government report called on EDD to address a score of issues, such as outdated technology and inefficient fraud detection, to process the claims of millions of Californians who are out of work. We’ll discuss the report and how EDD plans to tackle these issues.
9:40 am – 10:00 am
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Artist George McCalman Lays Bare White Racial Apathy in ‘Return to Sender’
In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, San Francisco-based artist George McCalman says that just as he was processing his own grief and anger, he found himself deluged with calls and emails from white acquaintances. Some of the messages expressed concern, but too many were clueless and empty, reflecting what he calls "an echo chamber of fragility." For his latest project, McCalman collected the phases that triggered him the most – such as "Here if you ever want to talk" or "For your selfcare" – and created paintings to reveal the "garish truth" that underlay them. We'll talk to McCalman about his show, called "Tell Me Three Things I Can Do/Return to Sender."
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Prison Scholar and Activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore on the Case for Abolition
Is prison necessary? That’s a central question in the work of longtime prison abolitionist and well-known prison scholar, Ruth Wilson Gilmore. A co-founder of activist organization Critical Resistance, Gilmore’s seminal book “Golden Gulag” analyzed California’s role in propelling both the prison building boom and tough-on-crime sentencing in the U.S. Today, criminal justice reform is under a brighter spotlight, as calls to defund the police have increased and as jails and prisons became hotspots for COVID-19 with effects rippling through surrounding communities. Gilmore joins us to share her thoughts on the movement to defund police and the case for abolishing prisons.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Here & Now
‘Goldberg Variations’
The latest from Washington as Republicans and Democrats draw lines for their coming confrontation over the Supreme Court. And the Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang shares his latest challenge – Bach's "Goldberg Variations."
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Takeaway
School Reopenings
Teacher unions across the country are putting pressure on states and the federal government to provide safe working conditions and adequate resources to do so this fall, with COVID-19 continuing to pose a threat to schools.
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