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Mental Health Crisis Looms Large As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues 2020-08-06

Mental Health Crisis Looms Large As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

In June, more than 36 percent of U.S. adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, an increase of roughly 25 percent from the same time last year. 

Kanye West and How Media Talks About Mental Illness

Recently, Kanye West’s bipolar disorder has been in the news, and some are questioning how the media has been covering it.

“My Lungs Are Still Not the Same”: The Long Road to Recovery from COVID-19

The Takeaway hears from former guest David Lat on his experience recovering from COVID-19.

The Revolutionary Roots of Black August

This week marked the start of Black August, the month-long commemoration of Black resistance that dates back to the 1970s. 

California Struggles to Fight Wildfires Admist Pandemic

California is facing its largest wildfire since the deadly 2018 Camp Fire—and this time the pandemic is posing new challenges.

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COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers 2020-07-07

COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers

In recent months, even as some industries have gradually reopened, many domestic workers are still losing jobs and wages due to the pandemic.

A Look at the U.S. Labor Market as Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Set to Expire

Halfway through the year and more than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, The Takeaway looks into how the US labor market is faring.

Restrictions on Beach and Pool Access Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Places of public recreation, including pools and beaches, have long been flashpoints of race and class conflict. 

Judge Orders Shut Down of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a Major Blow to the Trump Administration

The Trump administration was dealt a major blow on Monday when a district court said the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down by August 5th.

The Power of Fiction By and About Black People

Best-selling author Jasmine Guillory joined The Takeaway to discuss the sudden interest in antiracism texts, the power of fiction, celebrating about Black lives, and more.

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Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay 2020-05-21

Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay

Major companies like Amazon and Kroger will soon end the hazard pay raises they have been giving to essential workers. 

Dating in the Time of COVID-19

As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19?

EPA Rushing to Finalize Rule Change on Lead in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead.

“All We Can Do Is Stay Positive”: How Chicano Batman Connects with Fans in Quarantine

The L.A.-based band, Chicano Batman, discusses their new album “Invisible People.”

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Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19? 2020-05-19

Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19?

Restaurants in some states are reopening for dine-in service, but ongoing shifts in how they do business are resulting in massive losses for the food service industry.

What Images Will Define the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Each day, we’re confronted by numbers, information, and images reminding us of the infectious disease’s toll around the world. 

Locusts, Floods, and Coronavirus: The Crises in East Africa

The swarms of locusts are leading to fears of famine in the region, where response to COVID-19 is already stretched thin.

Treating Patients and Engaging in Activism: A Doctor’s Balancing Act

Activists, attorneys, and doctors ring the alarm on dangerous conditions in ICE custody.

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What Happens to Health Care Workers Who Speak Out? 2020-04-23

What Happens to Health Care Workers Who Speak Out?

In the U.S., some hospitals are disciplining health care workers who speak publicly about their concerns.

The Mayor of Savannah Opposes Georgia Governor’s Aggressive Reopening Plan

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has announced a slew of businesses will be able to reopen as soon as Friday. Mayor Van Johnson believes that is far too soon.

Environmental Justice in the Age of COVID-19

For years, black people in the U.S. have been dealing with environmental justice issues. 

Joking from a Distance: Samantha Bee and ‘Full Frontal’ Writer Kristen Bartlett on Making a Late Night Show from Home

The Takeaway speaks with Samantha Bee and Kristen Bartlett about how they’re putting together a new show every week.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City’s Response to COVID-19 2020-04-22

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City’s Response to COVID-19

We spoke with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about the tough choices ahead.

Former Climate Skeptic on How Disinformation on COVID-19 Was Paved by Years of Climate Denial

Decades of undermining science related to pollution and climate change has paved the way for the denial of COVID-19.

Immigration Ban: How Trump is Using COVID-19 to Further Restrict Entry into the U.S.

The latest ban on green card holders is just the latest move to restrict migration by the Trump administration.

“The Quietest Earth Day That I Have Had in Fifty Years”: Earth Day Turns Fifty at a Strange Time

Earth Day began as an environmental teach-in half a century ago in 1970. Every year since, it has adapted according to what’s happening in the world.

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Ten Years After Deepwater Explosion, the U.S. Isn’t Equipped to Handle Another Disaster of its Magnitude 2020-04-21

Ten Years After Deepwater Explosion, the U.S. Isn’t Equipped to Handle Another Disaster of its Magnitude

On April 20th, 2010, a drilling rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. 

Montana Judge Revokes Permit on Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

A judge in Montana has canceled a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that’s expected to stretch from Canada to Nebraska.

The Paycheck Protection Program is Failing to Help Many Small Businesses

The program ran out of the money last Thursday and stopped taking loan applications from small business owners.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Addresses Racial Disparities in her City’s COVID-19 Outbreak

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins The Takeaway to discuss racial disparities in her city’s coronavirus cases and how her government is responding.

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How the Spread of COVID-19 Could Impacted the Treatment of Other Global Diseases 2020-04-20

How the Spread of COVID-19 Could Impacted the Treatment of Other Global Diseases

As the treatment of COVID-19 takes precedent throughout the world, some experts worry that other global health initiatives will fall to the wayside. 

The Pandemic is a Mass Traumatic Event

The coronavirus pandemic could leave millions of people with post-traumatic stress disorder, from first responders on the ground to those forced to quarantine at home.

Does Biden’s Climate Plan Go Far Enough To Win Over Progressives?

Biden’s climate platform was consistently ranked lower by environmental groups compared to progressive candidates. Environmentalsts are now asking Biden to shift left on climate.

In the Midst of a Global Pandemic, Tornado Outbreaks Devastate the South

Storms continue to strike the south leaving destruction in their wake.  How will they fare while also dealing with a pandemic?

Writer Jason Reynolds on Engaging Kids Through Literature from Home

As parents and guardians across the country know, it’s not always easy to keep kids engaged through online and distance learning. But writer Jason Reynolds wants to help.

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Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities 2020-04-02

Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities

In American Indian communities, the coronavirus outbreak has exposed a number of longstanding public health inequities.

What’s the Role of Palliative Care During a Pandemic?

Before the spread of COVID-19, palliative care was already in short supply. 

The Challenges India Faces Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Last week, India followed the lead of many countries facing the coronavirus pandemic by locking down the country. 

Joking from a Distance: Stand-Up Comedian Dan Ahdoot on Social Distancing with His Parents

Comedian Dan Ahdoot was about to get his big break on the Netflix sitcom ‘The Crew’ when filming was halted in March. Since then, he’s been staying with his parents on Long Island.

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“An Open License To Pollute”: EPA Relaxes Regulations Citing Coronavirus 2020-04-01

“An Open License To Pollute”: EPA Relaxes Regulations Citing Coronavirus 

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it is relaxing environmental regulations for companies including factories and power plants.

How African Americans, and African Immigrants, Are Fighting Against Undercounts

The 2020 census will have a significant impact on the distribution of political, and economic, resources for years to come. But the rollout has been mired in controversy and confusion.

In Latest Move to Push for Power Transition, Justice Dept. Charges Venezuela’s Maduro with “Narco-Terrorism”

The charges allege Maduro has been leading the “Cartel of the Suns” in Venezuela, to traffic cocaine into the United States.

Joking from a Distance: Karen Chee on Writing for Late Night from Bed

‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Karen Chee returns to The Takeaway to discuss how she’s adjusting to creating new material without leaving her room.