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As the Virus Evolves, COVID-19 Reinfections Are Going to Keep Happening

5/19/2022
After the Omicron variant caused massive numbers of infections this past winter, lots of people looked on the bright side, hoping it would be “a free shot for the country,” says Eli Rosenberg, deputy director for science at the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. Even though lots of people got infected with the highly contagious variant, at least they would then have immunity against the virus, protecting them from getting sick in the future. In theory.

Duration:00:06:24

Column: What We Get Wrong About Life Before Modern Baby Formula

5/19/2022
As families around the United States grapple with the infant formula shortage, some social media commentators have been asking: why don’t people just breastfeed? Isn’t that what everyone did before infant formula? As a historian who studies the feeding of infants and children, I can tell you that breastfeeding has never been possible for everyone and people have always needed substitutes for breast milk.

Duration:00:04:45

The Supreme Court Has Been Engaged in a Rollback of Rights. Abortion Would Just Be the Latest

5/19/2022
The leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was a shock, but the content of the draft should not have been a surprise. Overruling Roe has been a stated goal of the Republican party, repeated in its presidential platforms in every election since the decision was handed down in 1973. With a 6-3 Republican majority in firm control of the Court, the end of Roe should have been expected. Yet people were surprised.

Duration:00:08:09

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Has Signed a Historic Equal Pay Agreement. Here’s How It Happened

5/19/2022
The chants followed the U.S. women's national soccer team everywhere they went that summer three years ago, from the World Cup stadium in Lyon, France, where the team won its second straight title, to the streets of New York City, where the players were feted with a ticker-tape parade. "Equal pay! Equal pay!" Earlier in 2019, the U.S. women had filed a gender equity suit against their own employer. Millions rallied around their cause.

Duration:00:06:40

Washington Politicians Helped Create the Baby Formula Shortage. Can They Solve It?

5/18/2022
As parents across the country frantically search for baby formula amid a nationwide shortage, many have heard that the source of the problem is in Sturgis, Mich. That's where Abbott, the multinational healthcare giant that sells formula under the Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare brands and controls 40% of the U.S. infant formula market, shut down its largest baby food plant in February after a type of bacteria linked to the hospitalization and death of several babies was found in the plant.

Duration:00:08:59

Column: Don’t Use Racial Equality to Justify Stripping Women of Their Right to Choose

5/18/2022
Sixty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court issued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, which overturned prior precedent and outlawed segregation in public schools. The ruling catalyzed racial progress across the nation, dismantling discriminatory barriers well beyond our education system and opening up new opportunities for all Americans. It was a momentous decision for our country. But today, it’s being used as a weapon to justify the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Duration:00:04:36

Column: Finland and Sweden Joining NATO Is Big Loss for Putin

5/18/2022
That distant boom you heard last week was Vladimir Putin’s head exploding as he heard the news of a formal request from both Finland and Sweden to join NATO. These are two highly capable and professional militaries, whose nations have scrupulously maintained neutrality for decades, and they will add significant firepower and geopolitical advantage to NATO.

Duration:00:05:18

Congress is Finally Taking UFOs Seriously, 50 Years After Its Last Hearing on the Mysterious Subject

5/18/2022
The House Intelligence Committee’s Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation subcommittee would like to make one thing very clear: They did not spend 90 minutes this morning conducting public hearings into the existence of UFOs.

Duration:00:07:15

The Buffalo Shooter Targeted a City Haunted by Segregation

5/17/2022
The Tops supermarket on Buffalo's Jefferson Avenue is surrounded by streets lined with dilapidated houses. Around the corner is a small strip with two barbershops, a nail salon, and a heavily guarded M&T Bank. On most days, this part of town sees little foot traffic. But on Monday, it was filled with television news crews and local church groups offering free food to a community that had just experienced a massacre.

Duration:00:05:41

‘There’s No Such Thing As a Lone Wolf.’ The Online Movement That Spawned the Buffalo Shooting

5/17/2022
The gunman accused of murdering 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket seemed to fit a familiar pattern. Isolated and bored during the pandemic, he had become increasingly radicalized by consuming white-supremacist content online. He had previously threatened a shooting at his high school and been sent for a mental health evaluation, according to authorities. After he carried out the violent solo massacre, in which he targeted Black shoppers, local police said they believed he had acted alone.

Duration:00:06:16

How the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ Has Fueled Racist Violence

5/17/2022
The man who opened fire in a Buffalo grocery store on Saturday, killing 10 people, appears to have been motivated by a white nationalist ideology known on dark corners of the web as the “great replacement theory.

Duration:00:07:50

Buffalo Shooting Adds Pressure on Joe Biden to Push for Gun Control Measures

5/17/2022
Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to “end” America’s gun violence epidemic. The racially-motivated shooting that killed 10 people and injured three at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Saturday highlights how far he and the country are from fulfilling that goal. Speaking in front of the Capitol Building on Sunday, Biden described the Buffalo shooter as being “armed with weapons of war and a hate-filled soul.

Duration:00:04:57

You’ll Soon Be Able to Look Up Supreme Court Justices’ Wall Street Investments

5/16/2022
President Joe Biden signed a law Friday that will increase financial disclosure requirements for federal judges and Supreme Court justices, a move legal experts describe as a small but meaningful step towards reform at a time when public trust in the federal judiciary is at an all time low. The new law, the Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, mandates the creation of an online database where the public can search federal judges' and Supreme Court justices' financial disclosures.

Duration:00:07:16

Overturning Roe Could Lead to Restrictions on Birth Control

5/16/2022
In the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade, a handful of state and local Republican politicians appeared to support proposals restricting access to birth control. In Arkansas and Louisiana, some Republican lawmakers announced their support for bills that would effectively result in immediate bans on certain emergency contraception, including copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) or Plan B, the so-called morning after pill, if the Supreme Court indeed overturns...

Duration:00:08:58

Column: Inflation May Already Have Peaked. Overreacting Brings Its Own Risks

5/16/2022
Whether you are an “average” American, a central banker, a CEO or a parking attendant, inflation is now the primary economic concern for most Americans. Polling bears that out: for the first time in decades, a notable portion of Americans say inflation is the number one issue facing the country. Each new economic release points to higher inflation, including the most recent government report that showed prices up 8.3% year-over-year.

Duration:00:08:14

Gunman Who Killed 1 and Injured 5 in California Church Shooting Detained

5/16/2022
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five senior citizens before being stopped and hog-tied by parishioners in what a sheriff’s official called an act of “exceptional heroism and bravery.

Duration:00:03:33

Ten Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

5/15/2022
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.” Police said he shot 11 Black and two white victims before surrendering to authorities in a rampage he broadcast live on the streaming platform Twitch.

Duration:00:06:14

The West Will Work With the Philippines’ Next President, Even If He Is a Dictator’s Son

5/15/2022
The ascent of Philippine dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to power marks an important turning point for the Southeast Asian country as it tries to find a balance in its relationship with the U.S. and China. Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy approach was, for the most part, marked by hostility toward the West in general and the U.S. in particular. Ever since a 2002 bombing in Davao City—his home turf—where U.S.

Duration:00:05:35

State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack—And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s

5/15/2022
Since the U.S. drug war was declared in 1971, various drugs have been identified as public enemy number one—from crack cocaine, in the 1980s, to prescription opioids in the early 2000s. Today, the primary villain is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin. In 2021, more than 71,000 people in the U.S. died after overdoses involving synthetic opioids—mostly fentanyl, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on May 11.

Duration:00:10:10

Review: Happening Is a Grim But Timely Warning from 1960s France

5/15/2022
In Audrey Diwan’s tense and quietly radical film Happening, Anne, a bright young student in early 1960s France, discovers she’s pregnant. The law, as the doctor who breaks the news tells her, “is unsparing.” Anyone who helps her terminate the pregnancy will land in jail, as will she. Her closest friends abandon her when she confesses her plight; the father of the unborn child absolves himself of responsibility.

Duration:00:02:44