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Millions Of Americans Quit Their Jobs; Mexico Sinkhole Swallows House

Despite the economic devastation caused by the pandemic, millions of Americans are leaving their jobs. In April, some 4 million people quit, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We explore what's pushing so many people to quit their jobs. And, a large sinkhole has been growing at a farm in Mexico since May. It's already swallowed a house, and two dogs had to be rescued recently from the hole.


Juneteenth Mural; Parenting In The Pandemic

It's a momentous day in the U.S. as a new holiday, Juneteenth, becomes official. In 1865 in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black Americans learned of their freedom. Now, a new mural honors the day. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has more. And, the pandemic and years of political and social unrest have changed parenting. Writer and parent Carvell Wallace joins us.


Transgender Athletes In Tokyo Olympics; Dinner Party Recipes

Several transgender athletes around the world are vying to make history at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. We speak with LGBTQ sportswriter Cyd Zeigler and professional runner Nikki Hiltz, who recently announced they are transgender and nonbinary. And, ready to start hosting again? Chef Kathy Gunst has recipes for entertaining as many states lift pandemic restrictions.


Relationship Between Freedom And Voting; Title IX Protects Trans Students

After record voter turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled legislatures are passing restrictive voting rights laws, emboldened by false claims of voter fraud. The CEO of the New Georgia Project explains what these attacks mean for the American freedom to vote. And, the Department of Education says transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. The 19th reporter Kate Sosin joins us.


Genetically Modified Mosquitoes; 'Truth Like Oil' Novel

Florida Keys officials are working on a unique experiment: hatching thousands of genetically modified mosquitos and releasing them. Andrea Leal of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District explains. And, Connie Biewald discusses her new novel, "Truth Like Oil," about a Black teen struggling with his own demons as his prospects of walking across the stage on graduation day grow smaller.


Ursula Burns' Journey To Xerox CEO; Cruise Industry And Vaccine Passports

When Ursula Burns was named the CEO of Xerox in 2009, she became the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. Her new memoir takes readers through her nearly 30-year journey from intern to CEO. And, Celebrity Cruises is requiring passengers 16 and older to show COVID-19 vaccination proof, but that goes against the law in its home state of Florida. The Miami Herald's Taylor Dolven explains the fight over vaccine requirements.


Teaching Juneteenth In Schools; Valedictorian Donates Scholarship

Author Clint Smith explains why Juneteenth isn't taught in schools and how that contributes to distorted views of slavery. And, valedictorian Verda Tetteh won a $40,000 scholarship at her high school graduation. Then, she headed back to the podium and announced that she would prefer that a student in greater need receive the scholarship instead. Tetteh joins us.


Original Pride Flag; Museums Release Juneteenth Movie

A fragment of the original Pride flag has been discovered and is now on display in San Francisco. We talk with Charles Beal, a friend of the flag's creator. And, 10 Black cultural centers and museums are releasing their collaborative movie "Juneteenth." Asia Harris and Tiffany Cooper, who worked on the film, join us.


Cover Songs Galore; The State Of Sex Education

Patrick Bryant's radio show "Subject to Change" covers the same song for two hours. He joins us to discuss his latest pick "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." And, state legislatures from multiple states have recently taken up bills that address sex education in schools. Oregon OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lincoln and sex educator KC Slack weigh in.


New Cancer Blood Test; Re-Evaluating School Police

A new treatment could be a game changer for some patients with tumor-based cancers. It's a simple blood test that shows recurrence of cancer months before it can appear on MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. We speak to a doctor and a patient using the test. And, we speak with the executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, about the strengths and weaknesses of school policing.


'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Ends; Drama Book Shop Reopens In NYC

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the end of an era after "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" aired its final episode. And, NYC's Drama Book Shop shut down prior to the pandemic and was then saved by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his often-collaborator Thomas Kail. NPR's Jeff Lunden reports on the store's long-awaited reopening.


Portraits Of Valor; Arizona Arboretum Saved From Wildfire

After World War II, veteran Charles Waterhouse made it his mission to honor his fellow Marines by painting their portraits. His daughter Jane Waterhouse joins us to discuss publishing his art in the book "Valor in Action." And, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, was saved Monday from the Telegraph Fire after firefighters dropped flame retardant from an air tanker. The arboretum's executive director talks about the rescue.


Future Of Fitness Industry; Tribal Leader On Keystone XL Pipeline

When gyms closed last year, millions of Americans went online to keep fit during the pandemic. Marc Santa Maria, national director of group fitness for Crunch Fitness, discusses the future of the fitness industry. And, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline announced it's terminating the project after more than a decade of fighting. Larry Wright Jr, chairman of Nebraska's Ponca Tribe, shares his reaction.


Alzheimer's Doctors On Biogen's New Drug; Tax Inequality

There's excitement — and controversy — surrounding Biogen's new Alzheimer's drug. What are doctors saying? Dr. Jason Karlawish and Dr. Gayatri Devi discuss the drug's promise and peril. And, ProPublica revealed a trove of tax records showing the megarich pay next to nothing in income taxes. Robert McClelland of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center weighs in.


History Of Home Economics; Annular Solar Eclipse

"The Secret History of Home Economics" author Danielle Dreilinger discusses how home economics classes gave women career opportunities in science. And, very few people will be able to catch the annular solar eclipse on June 10. Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty explains how to see it and what it'll look like.


Biden And LGBTQ Rights; Healing Trauma Through Writing

In 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden became the highest-ranking Democrat to support marriage equality. Author Sasha Issenberg explains the evolution of Biden's position on LGBTQ rights. And, when Maryland psychotherapist Kerry Malawista noticed frontline health care workers struggling with the pandemic and deaths, she started a writing program to help them cope. She joins us to discuss.


A Vaccine To Save The Bees; Abandoned Border Wall Construction

There's a lot of buzz around a newly developed technology that protects bees from some deadly pesticides. Researcher James Webb joins us. And, abandoned construction sites along the U.S.-Mexico border have left scars in the landscape of several natural areas. Host Peter O'Dowd traveled to the border to see what's going on.


Chris Thile 'Laysongs'; Songs Of Remembrance

Mandolinist Chris Thile, out with a new solo album, joins us to talk about becoming more reflective as a result of the pandemic. And, for many, it's been tough to shake the grief that COVID-19 has caused. Here & Now listener Jamie Mayer and her daughter remember their dad and grandpa, who died from COVID-19, by singing his favorite song.


Can We Trust What We See?; Illegal Dumping Public Art

New documentary "All Light, Everywhere" examines surveillance, police body cameras and the nature of how we see. Director Theo Anthony joins us. And, "A New View" art project in Camden, New Jersey, hopes to deal with the city's illegal dumping problem while involving the community in public art. WHYY's Elisabeth Perez-Luna reports.


Remembering A Salem Witch Trials Victim; Wuhan Lab Leak

This year marks the 400th birthday of Rebecca Nurse, the oldest woman executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. One of Nurse's descendants discusses how the story resonates today. And, Betsy McKay of the Wall Street Journal talks about the evolution of the theory that the coronavirus originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China.