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Racism Against Chinese Australians Is Being Made Worse by Anti-China Election Rhetoric

5/21/2022
Politics can be cutthroat, but Australian businessman Jason Yat-sen Li wasn't expecting to have his loyalty to his country questioned when he ran for a seat in the New South Wales legislative assembly in a mid-February by-election. His sister-in-law and several others told him that they had been approached at polling stations by voters bandying rumors. “They’d say, ‘Jason is associated with the Chinese Communist Party,’ and things like that,” he tells TIME.

Duration:00:08:35

‘I’m Sorry. I’ve Got Your Sister.’ A Family Grieves After the Buffalo Shooting

5/21/2022
Katherine Massey had a list. She needed to get meat, fruit, paper towels. The 72-year-old Buffalo native usually went to the grocery store every two weeks, and when she did, she stocked up. On Saturday, May 14, she asked her brother, Warren, to drive her. The three Massey siblings—Kat, Warren, and Barbara—all lived on the same street in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood, a tight-knit, predominantly Black and working-class community on the city's East Side.

Duration:00:09:41

Column: How I Lost Myself to Motherhood

5/21/2022
It’s impossible to gauge the depth of a hole you’re in until you begin to climb out. I’ve felt this way in the most challenging times of my life, usually when suffering loss: death, divorce. I remember the worst moments in discordant flashes—sobbing in a closet, inhaling a scarf; dive-bar gin and curvy roads; lying beside my bulldog, whispering “I’m sorry” in his ear.

Duration:00:08:44

Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Soared During the COVID-19 Pandemic

5/21/2022
The pandemic and its attendant anxiety, boredom, and loneliness have not been good for people who struggle with alcohol use. According to a new study published in JAMA Network Open, alcohol-related deaths among U.S adults ages 25 and up increased 25% in 2020, and 22% in 2021, compared to average annual deaths from 2012 to 2019. Led by Dr. Yee Hui Yeo, an internal medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the study relied on a massive database maintained by the U.S.

Duration:00:04:36

The History of Native American Boarding Schools Is Even More Complicated than a New Report Reveals

5/21/2022
Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a more than 100-page report on the federal Indigenous boarding schools designed to assimilate Native Americans in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. Between 1819 and 1969, the U.S. ran or supported 408 boarding schools, the department found.

Duration:00:10:37

Column: Treat Your Kids Like the Little Philosophers They Are

5/21/2022
The world is a dark place right now, and kids have big questions about it. During the 2020 protests over police violence, our younger son, Hank (then seven), wanted help understanding why “good guys” sometimes do bad things. Lately, we’ve been talking about war. And that’s led to conversations about religion, as we’ve wondered whether the awfulness in the world provides grounds for doubt that God exists. I’m a philosopher. My kids are still in grade school.

Duration:00:08:17

Signs Are Pointing to a Slowdown in the Housing Market—At Last

5/20/2022
Just about everyone agrees that the reason home prices have shot up 34% in the last two years is that there is a lot of demand for housing, but not enough supply. But the U.S. may be at a crucial juncture, at which a lot of properties are coming onto the market just as demand slows, analysts say. That means prices could level off—and, depending on demographics, even start to decline. To be sure, prices are still rising.

Duration:00:09:45

Here’s What to Know About Joe Biden’s First Trip to Asia as U.S. President

5/20/2022
Joe Biden makes his first trip to Asia as U.S. President against a tumultuous backdrop. Among other issues, his administration has been dealing with China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tensions with Beijing over Taiwan. Then there's the ramping up of missile tests by North Korea even as it locks down major cities in response to its first COVID-19 outbreak—or at least the first one that Pyongyang has admitted to.

Duration:00:07:31

Column: White Supremacy Is Deadly. Guns Make It Deadlier

5/20/2022
Here we are again. A white man radicalized by racist rhetoric carrying an assault rifle just massacred Black people going about their daily lives, causing lifelong trauma and suffering.

Duration:00:06:25

What Is Monkeypox and Should You Be Worried?

5/20/2022
A case of the rare and potentially dangerous monkeypox has been confirmed in the U.S., with two news cases appearing in the U.K., bringing the total number there to nine. The infected Massachusetts man had recently traveled to Canada and is now receiving treatment in hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department of Health said the case poses no risk to the public. It’s the first reported infection in the U.S.

Duration:00:03:35

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