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A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The...

A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The...


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A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The...




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What makes cities vulnerable to COVID-19? Concentrated poverty, says econ professor

Disease has thrived among dense populations since cities began. But COVID-19 is the worst example since 1918, and New York City is America’s primary victim. Can New York and other cities survive this pandemic? Also, Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, explains what we can learn from history.


Will COVID-19 reshape political conventions?

Party Conventions nominated presidents since 1831. Will Covid-19 put an end to balloons, bunting and long-winded speeches? Will it also put an end to privacy?


Gene Sperling on economic dignity and wage gap for frontline workers

In his latest book, “Economic Dignity,” former White House advisor Gene Sperling lays out the case for the dignity of work. Only when all workers are valued, he argues, will we do better as a society. Also, can the U.S. Postal Service survive? Some local post offices may be closing soon — what’s the impact on November’s election?


Digital Darwinism and COVID-19: Businesses must adapt or perish in new economy

Brian Solis, digital anthropologist and a global innovation evangelist at Salesforce, talks about how the novel coronavirus will spark innovation, and how companies and businesses must “adapt or die” in the new economy.


How will COVID-19 leave its mark on health care?

The coronavirus pandemic exposes collapsing medical systems around the world, as well as weaknesses with health care in the United States. Can COVID-19 force these systems to change for the better?


With demand for oil at an all-time low, will there be new opportunities for renewable energy?

Twenty-seven massive tankers float off the Port of LA, loaded with oil that has no place to go. Demand has dropped so much during the economic fallout from COVID-19 that prices plummeted below zero for the first time in history. Does that create opportunities for alternative energy sources like wind, solar or nuclear?


The politics of stay-at-home orders, plus the ethics of online shopping

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the rules for the president in the White House and citizens sheltered at home. Should President Trump or 50 governors take charge of controlling disease? Also, is it right or wrong to shop online if it’s not for essentials?


What does COVID-19 mean for climate change long-term and Trump’s re-election?

Shutting down the economy means cleaner skies, but that good news for climate change won’t last, says scientist Katherine Hayhoe. And how will Trump’s handling of the pandemic influence his re-election prospects?


US farmworkers’ safety during COVID-19, plus a new model for mental health treatment

Coronavirus among farmworkers is a threat to America’s food supply chain. Are these workers being protected? Also, courts in Miami-Dade County are keeping people with mental illnesses out of jail.


Coronavirus pandemic realigns US democracy

Andy Slavitt helped save Obamacare. Now he’s tweeting to help the Trump White House cope with COVID-19. He says the pandemic is more important than partisanship. Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority agree?


Trump finally sees coronavirus as a pandemic. Will he take responsibility or leave that up to governors?

President Trump has finally changed course, seeing COVID-19 as no longer a “hoax.” Experts predict the pandemic could kill up to 200,000 Americans. Is Trump providing leadership or leaving the responsibility to state governors?


How coronavirus reveals political differences in US

Americans see coronavirus in terms of politics more than public health. Blue states are enforcing “social distancing.” Red states are reluctant. Is President Trump dividing the country when it needs unity more than ever?


Coronavirus, climate change, and living in states of emergency

There’s been early denial and official inaction when it comes to both the coronavirus outbreak and climate change. Can either crisis teach us about the other?


Coronavirus continues to threaten public health and the economy

A private lab in Southern California says it’ll still take another two months before we know the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. President Trump wants a payroll tax “holiday.” But that won’t diminish the possibility of an economic recession.


Coronavirus, public health and the economy

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will likely mean crowded hospitals, school closings and shuttered workplaces. It could even lead to a global recession. We hear about the symptoms of the disease, how government agencies are struggling to get control, and what’s in store if they don’t.


California primary’s impact on Democrats, big oil’s misinformation campaign

California’s Super Tuesday results could spell the end for some Democatic hopefuls. But climate change will live on in the presidential campaign. How did big oil use the mainstream news media to make a nonpartisan issue into a political hot potato?


In ‘Slaying Goliath,’ former privatization supporter fights for public schools

”The education reform movement is not only a hoax, it’s dead,” says Diane Ravich. A one-time advocate of privatization, she’s now fighting “to save public schools.” Reform is a hot topic in next month’s LA Unified School Board election with a continuing struggle over charter schools.


Is President Trump a very stable genius?

The president calls himself a “very stable genius,” and stories from a new book by that name are already part of Trump lore. He was confused about Pearl Harbor. He didn’t know India had a border with China. Some aides doubt his fitness for office.


Sanders and 'socialism,' Trump and disinformation

With Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic candidates, Republicans are reviving a political dirty word: “socialism.” Meantime, the Trump campaign has weaponized digital media, assaulting voters with disinformation. Will Democrats respond in kind?


The US ‘rendered itself incapable’ of handling a disease epidemic

China has locked down an entire city to control the coronavirus, while President Trump has eliminated federal programs to cope with disease epidemics. Meantime, the Iowa caucus disaster means continued disunity for the Democratic party.