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Some similar to appreciate it preceded redefining the word with the thrill when you do that. So yeah you know. A couple of cartwheels. Getting today ran a marathon. I'm just waiting to see how you see. That's why he. Yeah i i just knew. He's not over. Ruin it for shot. We know here we are here man. I show of a newly minted year for me shout ears. Every seasons to know is good So the birthday was yesterday was it was definitely yesterday. Twas the night after birthday. Yeah it all through the house. Make a whole bunch of noise noise man. I was on when i came in. Rose no no. You won't go to nothing. I'm keep it keep it simple. Let's go back then. How was your week button. And it was great man. Rico was great hold the last weekend about. What did i do that we can. We can last as i gonna with together is the babies that was it. You know what i realized was that that About oh i'm i'm a bad friend. No that was good I'm the bad friend. I've been you know what i mean when it comes to your friends. Who are married in relationships and you know when you come come in town year. They always use me as reason at an get out of jail car. And you're ruining it now. I didn't do listen. Fuck everybody else now now. You're now you're really depend. I got that many friends. Actually i do now. You truly are the best friends all under the bus. Sorry fellas sorry by somebody else. I'm just saying you know you gotta you gotta shoot himself in the dm porsche. but what. I'm saying they would come to me like. Oh it's like they position it like this yo not just coming in town. You know won't be off working guys gotta go. Yeah you know what i mean. So that's the only like what kind of friend would i be. How could i not. That's all of saying and i work. I honestly they made me so. Yeah i mean you're saying you've never been that friend. They've been that person handful of people when they come on. I gotta make sure we. I mean he discreet. Snowcap have a good time so you get used that as well. I don't know if i would call you. I'm you know when you say a bad friend. Almost cemex seem to my saying like. Oh you so you know i was out with you last night night. I got no friends like that. No no never no river that at all. Yeah yeah you know know. My upstanding owners should happen. She call you. You seem fan. First of all. She'd go if she called me. Mike is a proud. I don't. I'm i'm okay. We'll go with that. Uh i was just trying to use some basic charles. I that were scenario charles attempting to do some unsavory shit with somebody other than his lady y- and he might use you as a pawn in his in his chess game a got you and they'd be like oh i was what you last night. You'll just so you know what up. I just so you know. Yeah but i would never yeah only for that. And i can just think of that when when when you say what you said i should have. It was a all good things. Make things but yeah. So what did you think of birthday festivities so last night birthday. Shout everybody who came out. i kind of gave a whole rundown last night when i got home and it went live like three minutes just told toward the whole talking. Talking to the people was to with that you know. Got some more birthday love on their too. That's what's up. Yeah but How how did you. What did you think of it or the celebration. Every day is a celebration. It was good vibe out with those people. 'cause i mean you know them you know what i mean anytime. Good people get together. It's always like you could feel that energy should hit different than being in somewhere with like you kind of know everybody right me but you know anybody that's connected to you. I feel like i know who the fuck. I am a plenty like meeting people. Will i see him. Oh know you wanna show is getting out yes. I'm not then. The funny thing is like when they meet me and talk to me like oh. This is really funny. I like shucking and jiving like really personality. Oh man but now a good time out. Great event was good. Spot was banging comment. Yeah really really good time chef celebration yes it was yes it was so like i turned forty three so you only turn thirty eight four times. Visa just running back using the dishes so you know it was a thirty eight. Beat a number one especially you know one was special formulas that music thirty three so fifty turn ten years ago. Sixty homeboy. Oh yeah exactly exactly. I'll take your say mama say what's up but you know thirty such a good year. I used it for the next three or four years. My people ask me how old i was thirty. Four thirty five. And i would still say thirty three because he wasn't wearing it up so that was good. I like i like the ones going down. Who just number. 'cause nice simple makes sense. can only be divisible by three out here shooting actually my birthday from like how old name we started just like whatever player in any sport. I could think of there with the number. That's just going to start throwing it out and she. Oh no so depend what season it is. Rich was probably going to start a baseball number. What sport is that the only think about it. Don't think don't think about it so we got that was my yesterday. Was my whole week like it. You know looking forward to saturday's. Oh yeah what's happening in this. That's the conclusion of the era of my celebrating this year. Anyway we'll maybe sunday sunday but anyway the big thing is saturday. There lounged myself at along. Side legendary brucie. B party called rutile. Now we don't have a rooftop but they do however if you know roussy and his legacy of what he built out that's it that's it seems. They named the parties coming from people. Like people at me. Like you know. When i i it was like nah in. Yeah yeah yeah. Yeah but it makes sense for marketing purposes. So either way let is going gonna be stupid is going to be stupid so movie time movie. Tom elliott we doing that movie. Time that on saturday But you like everything else you know to. Dinner was cool with me. You know what i mean got be round loved ones and friends and got to chop it up. You know. I wanna have sixty people in there. You know thankfully. I probably could have but you know when doing that. Moving around in china taught people. Make sure your body's good. You can't really just lack in with anybody you know what i mean would make those moments. So that's why. I was appreciative of the numbers. That couldn't That could you know what i mean so my sister show two hours later She made it though. That's what i bet that's bad But you shut oughta aries out there. Man shot are reggie rock. Today's reggie's birthday. It is shot. Regimen has some birthday celebrations with that brother. Cuba after allow was probably good times. Yes yes i'm like. Oh take me back you know. Go back you'll be. Oh ho hos. i'm just jumped online. Yo yo can you do a birthday drop as fit for me. That's what i would love. Just shout be out as and i. I'm a riposte at 'cause i love what you do. Yeah follow him. Man y'all boy pip on gb because when you days not going well and you feeling some frustrations you disney's the motivation. Smokes weed man. That's not what you're going to or can't second a while while you're doing that i'm glad you lead nissim what i'm go. Check out at your boy. It's just good anything so yes Let's get to it man. I want to do that. I want to recap Versus just do that. How did you feel about the easter celebration. The the musical greatness. yes what i'm planes. I said that. I didn't know it was what i thought it was me. And it was good truly truly enjoyed it It's just crazy to see like those those type legends cats who got music this over decades. Like like. when like you a hot. When i was in the womb like and you're still hot like that she brought it to me like just a longevity type careers just man and even with fucking steve harvey up with that big ass. Had on your fam-. I don't know if you saw this shit. That shit was good. We'll get did you see the no. No did you see to a hub They did a parody of a fucking on adams If eighth gathering oh my kill that he killed her because he's done. I saw but that shit was so funny. Oh my gosh what. He was killing us. Oh my gosh funny anyway. So nattiest definitely not wanting to talk about that separate. Yeah but that's enough to platitude who won. Who want in your absent brother. Brothers you think is your brothers. I'm just going to read it before. Really thing five okay. Okay buck okay. Which had you. You know what this guy's fucking ronald de so damn cool like even in the lowest. He just looked like he's he was the coolest. Fuck out there. Let me say that everybody together and he wasn't as cool as rom is saying saying said. Come on second. I know who the fuck you was. Not mr big's again. Newman means so what. What school did you've watched the whole thing. Yes i'd okay. Okay faces anything elements in which would them your school. Because they did twenty five records altogether too many They got so many it was like and that's all the six minutes was like i can't play these and they got so when used to make minute songs while yo fellas put saw go to the bathroom phones that she took forty five day. It was stories we got shit to do. Apparently we don't say oh Yeah we it we disrespectful come on with your strength from commitment. Count twenty five. No no changes the twentieth. Yeah we stick to twelve eight. Yeah focus welcome elements. Okay all right so comfortable. Twelve eight elements. I'm ago thirteen seven. I was really going go. 'cause i forgot about some allows hitting i did and he played in between well what you got for that. We was using accommodates token every every game over. Then they come back game over. Yeah it was just like that. She was a heavyweight boxing. Oh my gosh like you know how. Like someone other verse. We've had these like those big records and it was a good reckless to us. Yeah why did you apply universal bangers. It's not the same thing and that's one thing. It's not dislike so what what other verses we had that was good like as far as like the quality music effective like the songs i you had to be like the one this because like you're playing in between the sheets bro. Like like like you plan. What the like like you get. How many would have it every other versus whatever. Go back to any of the verse that there was client play in between the sheets lost. Yeah you just got washed. If i play some earth wind and fire like this. You're got washed. Like i don't care what auto sales up there on what you even have to hold that i'm with you. I agree with that and face face only about one or two but now we gotta keep score man next next versus. I need you to be tuned in and keeps so long. I would love to just do a live watching to ship. But they'd be so goddamn. I a lot of times. I'll be having to like put this on and just go on. I gotta played. I shit like put it on the tv or something and you continue doing what you're doing. Yeah because just to sit down for four hours you be you around this time to dedicate so i had to switch because nobody i do 'cause i started watching it and then put on your phone getting into car and that's what it was doing. You know what i mean. And i finished. It didn't get to see how to go. Dj so i had to quebec and watch the rest of the last hour the next day. And that's when. I sat down in our saw the perry recap by The sunny is helping. Listen you know what let me say is the last thing people giving steve a hard time about stories. Some of them stories relate to it so the reason why i can't daphne down pat and that was a good part. And that's how you know about time and good match up In spice hr to they just played the role he was on fire. Yeah and that is what we say. City screen bro. That's it i'm rebounded. You might even looking for radium ahead. Because i looking for the ball and that was it man as we kane and he was taking so long stretch. It was hilarious should off. This is thing if i ever to. Wholesome versus like that or any kind of wind. It reminded me like a sound clash win exactly because some of those songs by that time steve was just so into it. He started throwing furniture around started. Doing is bugging them. They can't steve got a one drink. Maximum only peninsula wondering next bro national. But it'd be a quarter of a shot. Oh man you can't even imagine. Do getting a little little little buzz. we saw. what do you know. But that's what i'm saying like like full on. I don't even remember drinking that much. Like was he game and heavy cigars laced. That 'cause my man was earl doing. Yeah was early inning pissed them off he was like i know a little twitter fingers. Saying stuff about me but giant fucking. Yeah know that's what that's what you look like. The man with the nine years old fucking dark when they called a house. Right right nagasy that. That's hilarious action advocacy. Steve was reliving was i. I was there with his youth. More than my. But is steve sixty seven right got to be in the sixty. Yeah but how am overall it was good. Oh man you. I really am making a high. But but mostly because they had long man like the catalog is so like like you can't fuck these like don't don't don't kill what order. Claiming looney came on i would just say x. You forget here lay. I don't don't nobody has anything for that. And then and then earth. When i go you like nobody has anything that either. What either your wanted to twenty five. And i still like shit was on the table. It was you know what i mean like. So what's a pat on albums. I'm going do the numbers dumb like you. Tell me stories from shit. That happened in the seventies when you have a number record but i can't relate to that you owe wasn't here it wasn't even like i'm i was unheard of sixty four. You know what i mean. Thank god. I haven't parents listen to good music. Remain that she got by. Most she got into your veins. You feel like you grew up in. The reality is came out even before where you you don't know any but like they just got they got put into you and thank god for that without like some of them record is just so like classes. Don't even do it justice. We need a different come up with it. I'm about to thinking about okay from me. Second okay because thank god for deejays man. That's really what it comes down to love. No bit denies. Not this nice. That was really bothering me. I that was bothering me. A little bit as a dj. Let me say us on quicksilver. And it's going to be. I always feel this gonna be dj music so then up So i always as people say respect the. Dj's things like that and figure like once you get to a certain stature or level as a dj people going to know your name right. That's what you would think you know what i mean. What it was that. When steve was doing i know it was an accident. It's not heating mean any harm and things like that but it reminded me of when i went to a comedy show some years ago being got At at earthling damn color or whatever they call it down atlanta and it was malling wayne's presents whatever whatever whatever you know what i mean so. He wasn't performing more hosting and trying to film and get and get footage things like that so they had don cannon right platinum producer. Well known party killer all right. So i figured steps back yes everybody should know don cannon especially here in atlanta what i mean like hip hop so anyway mall gets on on a microphone and like i said he was either awesome upstairs like directing at this point or and they was filming in segments so he at one point they needed to start something over and he was like yeah. Tell the dj to start the song over. And i was like what no respect joe whereas respect that draws yet listen. Listen i'm thinking this is your show and honest and you may have whatever whatever but but how hard is it to remember don cannon. That's a name you know what i'm saying like it to me when i think about it comes off the drought cannon. Yeah yeah that's what really got me started with not story but it continued my one of my many missions about explaining the dj's why dj. Jane alone for the most part isn't enough now. You know what. I mean like unless you're in the top two percent of the dj world. You're going to be doing something else other than just dj and that's why it's a lot of other younger deejays now getting started. You know what i mean. You know china make a living things like give like you. I just wanna dj. I'll be like no no no. That's not that's not just it unless you're going to be the one where you're fully in overly committed more than one hundred hundred ten percent. You've got two thousand and ten percents able to do that And really have a successful living especially the younger ones. You know what. I mean not a little bit of time to change and it's a little bit more accessible now. I'm not saying yasha go out and get six other jobs. I'm tired of me. Dj or dj. I produce irom. I'm video artists me drive and i do real estate and but you see say i that a lot more now than where all i do is this. I mean. grind is all of that. Because i'm not going round about things to talk about tangent you'll be needed us out of that but all of that to say Just understand how to leverage your brain and understanding what else it can really connect and talk about kind of how hippocrates backing. Dj go together. There's a little bit there. This move that culture four so anyway. Oh that we have covered up until you show any. Take our follow her to. Her show was live thursdays x. Right before we go on four or five while not which making toy. Let me know benign. She is a talented sister. Who owned puts on a great show. That i had the honest pleasure being anyway. Let's get to it still about. We are your favorite subject. Yeah i might have made. Va man va match. Making a lot of who's roller i. They had to they. Did the death penalty Got casino coming. Yes buddies legal yes. So aca. Smog we angle and go and get the defendant. Oh my gosh gas elizabeth things but there's for love us. I'm kief be with him. You in a minute and a april seven. Virginia seven wait a second of in wednesday wednesday data infamy birthday definitely seven o'clock now but anyway go ahead Abramson virginia made a bowl. Movement became the first southern state to legalize marijuana after state. lawmakers approved amended. Bill the proposed change from governor ralph northern who pushed up the timeline for a new law to be put in place about three years under the new law. Virginia residents will be able to possess small amounts of marijuana in grow cannabis plants beginning july. First adult twenty one years or older will legally be allowed to possess one ounce of cannabis without intend to distribute adults can also have up to four candidates plants per household running to allow one. I am moving so you can grow. We know that you can start a small business a high but you can't sell it increments so you can distribute it but you can grow it in possess it and it's not illegal. Listen i we taking baby steps and we're doing slowly this cut the shit man. That's just like you know what's coming. It's just like it's it's like come on. It's like crypto. We just gotta figure out a way to tax what government we like legalization. The weed is moving fast. Fucking black people getting should but don't you. Oh no no go ahead. why why. Why does that seem like it's faster but like us getting fair treatment and our rights and being like why. That shit so slow. Why are you really asking me. Yeah listen listen. I'm sorry may be accurate. You are to be black. Thank you one is correct may have fudged that a little bit been modified it may not be true at all may or may not. I can confirm. But i mean like i know why we know what we know. Why but since we want our folks silvio and you're gonna put you out the own issue right there they're gonna be here. I got you tangent. So on tuesday april six platform atlanta mayor camis. Ko be from now on. I thought about that. Just like an acronym that elsie. Yeah my o. B que o b which i thing i allow position in. Caesar salad promised prophet speaking of t shirts peril. Yes notifies shut out to them soon on. Supposedly it last week shitting house here. We are back with it. You'll see the nipsy. Blue on blue divide will be available. May comes her like it. Put data answer bottoms. Signed an executive order to promote access to voting following the passing of the state's controversial voting law and by controversial. I mean fucking bullshit. They to cursing counted yet. I'd always trash road any any note. That was modern day. Jim crow era shit. He pulled up like s it. Yes it will last week. It's still going on. Yeah still going on. But that was some horse shit. They know it. So how do you read the order. The order instructs the city's chief equality officer to create a plan that will lessen the impact of the state's voting law s b two oh two which imposes variety restrictions in various voters especially for those who are black latino and low income. Basically like when you put out a law in targets black latino and low income Like like how don't you see. That is what it is they do. They just got a frame it so it doesn't seem that way i got. You doesn't fool anybody. do they. Fulsome people who who was looking at they should know pro. Tattoo likes kaby. But are we going with So this is the thing and people actually want me to run for politics welfare. Officer i've over you appreciate that but but it's not happening because of nonsense like this and now wrestled now. Are you know not on the case that you might listen. Occurs too much honestly. I do listen this month. Thing these our elected officials going back and forth worth from your direct. Your directives are coming from the state right. The state is saying one thing which is bs right. So i'm glad caleb is coming fulfilling. Now i'm glad that she's doing this to combat that because she knows like we know it's non-social but saying an executive order when you really just telling somebody do their job You know what i mean. I'm glad she made it because they needed this type of has this. Oh my duty job. It wouldn't have been behind. So that's their way of setting and the example of showing. Hey we're not just allowing this to happen. We're gonna fight it as much as we can which i do appreciate especially in the city of atlantic tip up songs jones here too but no. That's that's good information. Man is anything that people can do at this point. Oh yeah. I'm asking the in depth. No should say getting my black. Dan rather i dunno not always. It's always a way to reach out to cities put on the pressure man. Oh wait pressure thank you brother. Load iphone up. Thank you papa. John's love man protest. Do all of that man. Like like they hate that shit because what they what they. They realized they try to ignore like 'cause he can say whatever you want with that unrest civil unrest of pressure. You put on by by blowing air phone up by protesting. Like make sure that she felt every single day yes earthy especially the goals that goes in like in like that. That has an effect where you can see it. Come to fruition right away and not like it hasn't affect- no me and you gotta think man we not far from getting this more fuck out of here and putting stacey in there so just just keep it up. I'm just gonna put our information out there. Yeah he got his number. His days is number. Yeah and when. I got a female black government and anna female blood may at the same time in atlanta. We throw a party. You're like just for them right like it might be a black history month to be different. We should be different here. But that's how it should be man people in power that like actually care about people right not to like. I even thinking shit like that like that. That whole thing is ridiculous and disgusting. Should be ashamed of yourself. But he's not. that's what i'm saying. We know how we know how you got wise appreciate that So donald trump ran. That was hilarious. He got he kinda got hung out the as well because of that. But no i wouldn't let it let exactly. That's what you get. But i know you were talking about you. Were talking about the state bills and we talk about politics a little bit anyway to mobiles and we go. Did you hear about Represented city councilmember. Park can and getting arrested when she was The they wanted to be in the room for how long you can't do this shit and going gonna lock up and yeah so you sorta response. After that ended up making landfall boy coming we marching route and shit too we we might send some groups different groups but all of those things a possible me on canada's book everything's possible yeah them scotty. Smart change created more. A tony griggs. Just so many people. I don't want to single them out of the way that the activism and community a for the sun ain't gonna go down without us about this so basically for those who are we talking about atlanta stuff Who aren't hearing hadn't heard about it. So radically city councilwoman part. Canon was trying to be in the room when they was voting. These unjust new voting bills in love and they had her did on site and she's an active city council. She's office right now. Being city not some random. They'll working came up to the job right. Not just me hanging up like i'm here. Got a badge riot listening really work. So is bush. It was some super bowl shit so now that when that happened right they actually tried to continue pressing. The charges I'm addition attorney. But you know smartly. I might even say thankfully but they gonna blow. They should listen. We stay apart okay. It's already like let's not compounded by lacking we let one years this compound it once that week so keep depression on here. Guideline official slit it back. Sports sports Texas rangers baseball team. Listen like so star even the game. It's fact the open backup and have forty thousand people. In the opening day opening day they all got vaccinated off forty thousand. Don't you that's propaganda. That's not sure what executive order on that. Though they did they had forty thousand people in thirty eight thousand two hundred thirty eight to be exact like in the stands for baseball game. Gotta love texas. Damascus say big intex. Everything's bigger waiting. Do that sam. Melissa what you're paying the crowd mighty like non mass talking about atlanta clubs like the majority of the crowd was also i understand but they come at us all the time about it. You know what i mean. It's different when we write different. You're you're hugh makes it a superspreader cash but not not being seated thousand you when you in fucking nuts but in the end line concessions thing. That's that's what not to but we fucking lonzo be. It will be never heard that. Come on i will not be not much. I get uncomfortable up. That's one never before covert know. Make it obvious. I'll turn those. Oh yeah you got a little some room. And i look at them like you. I'm doing this reason. Hey brother you are. We are right. Oh my people shit. Miss texas rangers and trash. Oh man so. That's what i was gonna ask some. Where were you when you feel comfortable going to another sporting 'cause i went to the all star game but that doesn't count. It was not fucking that little. I forty thousand people in it was so we were so spread out like a sixth grade pickup game. Yeah we had plenty like i. Everybody could just moved out into the open seats and with still had lower bowl wouldn't have been full. Got so many people was not allowed that so let's go back to pre cova. Tom's and let's say for example. You know i'm going to atlanta united fan. Maybe atlanta united fan right And i've been to a couple of matches soccer. You like to play like chase the monkey. You'll relax coming to reference. Was recently driven comment american. So so yes. So they're going to start off island information they're gonna sort of by around fifty percent. Yeah capac- capacity in. Don't georgia dome hold two hundred fifty thousand people who biggest and look down. It looked like the indian ocean out there. Like joe is is in price point is. let's say for example Atlanta united better yet. Let's bring this home go. New york jets play atlanta falcons. I'm going full capacity bank going. That's what i'm saying so we'll be this year. Will it be next year. You know what it is baseball. It'll be different because open air. I'll probably feel more comfortable talking about baseball game you some bits. Now we've playing a couple of brielle acquaintances in house. I'll let you that. I'll let you rock the said. Twenty eight hundred were allowed in nba all star game. Wow and you're a. We knew eighteen hundred eight hundred somewhere a team. That was a great movie. And of course because you're you're not comfortable now. Now i want wanna go to like that many people. Okay that many like not not thirty eight thousand. I'm all set first of all. It's gotten to the point. Where like if she got a television Like this should experience going to a game. It's not that enjoyable. No more like because depending on what it is. You know what i mean. The examples like the basketball and the football games like meat and checking. I've had more fun like doing tailgates for like football games on the game everybody give me reminiscent again but anyway go ahead. Sorry finish appoint. Yeah so like i i would prefer to be. She didn't actually go to the game. They don't be fun to me You know what i mean. I take my son. You're so he had experienced going to them and like like overall for me like them. Shits don't hit the same now. Probably because i've been to enough of them. I'm like yeah. They should have overpriced parking fucking drinks at like cl- prices. They wash their seat uncomfortable. You like. I'm not going to have the best seat in the house. So it's like let's say you do though the take that pitcher courtside seats. Yeah 'cause they won't post for applause to be there to comment on the game do of course they do. Why wouldn't you. Can you make sense of going to cuss you. Not she wanted to be grand opening grand closing. Oh my god what. I can't get the guy. Come back no come back from commercial break. And i ain't gonna happen to their other guy. That's that's going to be response. So i let me paint the picture real quick. The jets somehow stumbled waiting to the super bowl. And when i say. Because is i mean. See i got. I don't know man. I kind of feel like i like to listen to doctors and scientists and shit like that because i think a lot of times like people will take all the information and basically what you a instagram post and take that as fact and i believe the social media most lying shit in the history of mankind except for meetings meetings a fact. Memes whoa mama. Six shoot it up right between my toes fragment because we would actually be good though because they put the vaccine the hookah so to keep. Because i've been straight so but you're not ready to do what you were willing to roll the dice and old out. I will listen. I listen to what would be doing what we do for you. Okay because i know what we're do for me Traveling international yeah. I would say if they said you have to be. You have vaccination passport going to move. Would you do it. i would definitely gonna do it. Definitely put them up some more ideas like all right. Well you know what. I want to get more ideas without you. Seeing paul pierce last week seen before you go into key was good apple. Peace square headman. Oh yes you can't. Nba the truth. He was speaking truth. Though your fam- got what biggest point is is trash like you start there for victim plane. That's what you don't have enough money to get better. You disturbance trash late video. Hell yeah. that's the only problem is trash. Strewn was trashed trash. Oh sorry sorry. I'll take college that's it. I mean we terrible bro. And any illicit title videos. What you're going to come to atlanta williams got the hook you got. The lemon pepper. Went crazy he'd been up. What city was in. You know that but he he had california kids. I'm assuming that was out there. Making california look better out of the country. I didn't get kelly bob so i don't know i don't know i was about to say something else. I don't do that. I was gonna say i was getting. Greenville byles her voice Family anyway man. So but you work for disney. That was the other thing. You work for disney. You know they wouldn't go he's done. Let me see minute recess. Yeah and then you should have been five of course. But it's a multi-millionaire he's the he's good. I mean come on. Listen he going to get the job. You gotta understand that. He got a job offer ready. You know. I did not fully end tv. Wasn't cow okay. I'm thinking ethics scoop them up in the second stool with job boarding checks anyway. He got a job offer from porn site. The bid two hundred educate the whole show about doing live stevenson. You take to know was about say that quarter mellow you wanna take it. No he take shit he really getting paid and they did that to get noticed in the headline ain't got to like get out of here but no i literally i think. Nba tv is gonna job. And i say that jokingly before do nothing so crazy but he can't get a fucking gig but now this is where my concern comes in. Talked him for him to do that. And then that high and out of it makes you think he was his. Is everything all the everything. so yes what. What else was going on his day. That led up to that. We gotta talk about the route. We always look at the effect of be. Something happened here. Oh to get to that point. That's what we gotta think about that. One of you know what. I'm going to do this right. Got a put it like this. If i'm porpoises man. And i was there and i've seen that i would have tackled him. I would have slapped the phone on his hands so quick. Yeah joe you didn't even phone in the morning toilet bowl. Do nothing to sit now. You're not old enough already out there but still yeah the damn people. Are your friends in his shoe. See you going live and yourself like knocking them into that. Go laughing so long now. Thrown out your hands your paul pierce right right and everything's going on. I'm your man. yeah. I'll look at the party two and i'm talking to some other. Strippers whatever. Go on i g and i see you live your fam- sam give me that. Did you finish your phone. So they don't done that happen bro. I don't know i can't explain. Get some new friends pool. That's another thing. Oh my gosh they how you bet please records would have last night. I would expect to live. Come on come on come already know this. Give a friends what else we got. We got some who things we we both A passionate have love for black folks. Yes and tequila yes. That's a moment right there. Do toast with this real quick. So yes tell me. More quality show. Tiffany hangs worth made history. Okay becoming the first black woman To be so owner of tequila brand. Okay a native of washington washington. Dc in a former employee and a former federal employee hanes worth started. T- capri tequila after getting into a car accident and willing to do something different way. What second party from the name of it. Oh the that's called t. capri to cuba. Teak like capri shorts. Capri sun or box. Okay all right go ahead. I don't work appreciate it. So she got an accident and said you know what fuck you say. She's at work. maybe she say okay. Maybe i didn't quote her just now with a direct quote that she definitely didn't say but i'm actually now i wanna proud for that is because now now want to know. Definitely teak afri. Yeah so kind of we do already shut green whiskey black on and check it out She actually has distilleries in guadalajara. Mexico and renewed dedication to building tequila brand. So she's basically saying like i didn't want his own in like liffey. I wanted to go like be a part of it in like really build it up from the ground up. She said not invest the money and black. I never been there. Yes so the shadows to her man. And and when i can get my hands on it i'll be drinking. Yeah we're going to do that. We're going to support. That's what we definitely That's really really really was. Let's keep going after thanksgiving davis. You know he davis is four new york woman new york knick great first is huber so i mean. I don't know what was good. It was quite expected from a new guy but He sat down for his press conference when he got elected as the chosen to be a basketball question with north carolina something He said. I understand it significant that i'm african american and the head coach here say in a light skinned other significant. He adds that only twenty six percent of division. One man's best will head. Coaches are minorities specifically african american. Huber also acknowledged that he is the fourth african-amer coach of any kind at the university of north carolina He was doing good. This was going very very well energy. You know me and but it was at that moment you go that he knew he fucked up he goes. This was his next point or what is his next point was. I'm also very proud that my wife is white and i'm very proud that my three beautiful unbelievable kids a combination of both of us all right now. I don't even i. I i have somebody but like guy why i don't know judgment for me. That's your choice. Love who you love. I don't care. I just don't know what that particular moment when he was on your black power shift that it was tom to get off. I gotta i gotta white wife shot. I don't know if that he should probably continue. Go into the paint and laying a bola. I don't think you should have pulled. Go right there at the time. When the shot clock you had time today. Respect got a shot. A buzzer beater with twenty twenty minutes on the clock. Wait we let you guys got you. Because i'm trying to trying to put. He's going through the whole shoe coach. And he's only twenty percent twenty six percent of minority coaches the end with him. Also very proud that my wife is white stands out that just like no one by. It wasn't a knock on his life and who chose to love you get the how. How did we get here. You say he pulled a charleston. Xabi hoop pump-faking. Fancy knicks references. Always michael. oh my gosh you know. He was on told me and he was heading good direction. And he'd just like somebody grad wheelbarrow and head and he took a hard lesson. I couldn't imagine being like an oppressing like okay Does anybody have any questions for you. Fam- oh but that was an interesting. Why i have i have. I thought that was humorous. Congratulations to coach promotion Head coach north carolina remember north carolina. Having a black head coach though the utah. You i can't think of what. Wanna have my memory right now like dean smith and williams and those are the ones who's been right like my lifetime has been. I could be dead at toronto. i do Speaking of which we in turns. Technically savvy Chew seekers in on his Point jackets out there. 'cause i got a couple of console on music here after announcing plans for his Crypto currency based city and senegal. Yes it was announced on monday. The fifth That uganda grunted econ one square mile of land to begin planning econ city in the country. Like the previous plan in senegal ugandan economy will operate as a a coin stellar based kirk crypto currency. My thoughts we've got to stop playing political games. Okay right settled even saying it but we gotta recognize what i know our people. He was Marketing marketing like if you really want him to be a part of something like go put some skin in the game. one mile. You're doing that for a press. Release to say. Hey we're on board and we're open to these different look at us you know me. I don't call bullshit that comes across as corny little combo i. It's very cold bali. You know what i mean. It's like why are you doing that. I understand you're trying to get name out there and things like that blow title. They're doing about that. Martha martha j. j. j. So all of that say needs what econ has been doing. And it's someone who's been questionable some historical things and we'll say a whole nother episode. Right but how. He's trying to help a lot of different african nation forward technology. Wise things like that you know we could talk about his partnership is working with the chinese government on different things and the benefits and ups and downs too that the positive and negative story once again. That's a whole nother Segment now we can do but at face value Yuccas still do more. Say what's going on. We all know that she got a boost wasting my email. 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Did Texas Just End Roe v. Wade?
"Hey everybody god bless texas. Texas has passed a pro-life bill of voting protection. Bill open carry bill we talked about how in texas they are leading the way right now and i just want to say thank you i just wanna say thank you to texas for doing this. We dive deep into this and also make the case for life which is so necessary in today's culture. If you want to support our program you do. So at charlie kirk dot com slash support. I think caroline from laguna nagel california. Thank you for supporting us. Dylan from centerville. Thank you so much for supporting us. At charlie kirk dot com slash support lewis. Thank you for supporting us john. Thank you for supporting us robert. Thank you for supporting us one. Thank you for supporting us. And steve thank you for supporting us at charlie kirk dot com slash support. When you get behind the work we are doing. It helps us. Get to the next level at charlie kirk dot com slash support. If you wanna email us your questions you can do so by emailing us freedom at charlie. Kirk dot com buckle up everybody here. We go charlie. What you've done is incredible. Maybe charlie kirk is on the college campus. We are lucky to have charlie. Charlie cuts running the white house. I wanna thank joe. He's incredible guy his spirit his love of this country's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organisations ever created turning-point usa embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries destroyed. Lives and we are going to fight for freedom campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Hey everybody this episode is brought to you by my friends at express. Vpn express vpn dot com slash. Charlie secure your device anonymous. Your online activity protect your action online express. Vpn dot com slash. Charlie help our show out by also helping yourself protect yourself express. Vpn dot com slash. Charlie so much to get to. But i wanna say god bless texas. Texas is a wonderful place. My favorite part part of texas and producer. Connor come in here and prove me wrong. Is texas hill country. They're great folks out. There is that right. aren't they. Good people i tell you that. That is a special slice of heaven. If i've ever seen them texas right now is right in the middle of every major cultural and political fight. That's been happening in our country. I spent a couple of days in texas and despite many of the political winds. I could tell you that culturally texas is teetering right on the brink. We're talking about harris county. That has now become basically a blue county. Now when i go through harris county which is houston texas and all of a sudden. I'm in the galleria neighborhood. And i see more vegan smoothie places than good old texas barbecue when i see more soul cycle than i do kind of country music places on my time out who has taken over harris harris county here but texas thanks to a strong tradition of conservative leadership and a quite honestly a massive population of conservatives and new conservative moving to the state they are not backing down so there are two fights happening right now in texas and the first one i wanna get into the first one very well might be the end of roe versus wade as we know it. The we've made our position very clear on abortion. We believe that life begins at conception when deoxyribonucleic acid is formed. That is the unique life that will never be formed again and they deserve full that human being deserves full and complete constitutional protection under the united states government as any other human being. Now many of the appro boertien activists they will use the acronym sled as a way to try to justify abortion size level of of development environment and degree of dependency. I'm happy to go through kind of the best rebuttals to all of them but the one that they try to focus on the most is degree of dependency. That child can't survive without the help of the mother. therefore we should be able to terminate that life. Now that argument silly because there's people all throughout society that are dependent on others to live such as people in old people's homes people in comas people. That are even three months old. They couldn't abate is not going to go in the woods and feed itself until it's at least ten years old so there is this idea that children need to have support therefore it's not a moral justification just to eliminate them so texas has just recently passed an abortion law. Actually they passed it over the summer. But now it's going into effect. Is that right. So it's september first which means that it's now gone into effect and the collective left is losing their mind. Now mind you. New york really kind of forced the hand of texas. Remember when new york a couple years ago. They passed a post birth abortion. Bill saying that you could terminate pregnancies after the baby was born. Remember governor ralph new. You gotta booth the baby you got relaxed baby and then you can make a decision with the baby is. He's still the governor. He's still the governor of virginia governor black face. Let's get that tape of governor ralph northern. It's it's too good to pass up. So texas decided to step up and be leaders in what is actually a very moderate abortion proposal. This is super mainstream. It's a six week abortion ban. And guess what did you know. A majority of america believes in at least a six week abortion ban. it's very simple. If you can detect a heartbeat you cannot terminate the pregnancy. The left is out of control on this issue. If you wanna talk about the sacred. Holy grail of the american left. It is unrestricted abortion. How'd you get the north and clip that fast. That's pretty remarkable producer connor. I gotta tell you. He's like houdini with these clips. I mentioned it. And that's really impressive. All right let's listen. Gavino ralph no them though in this particular example if mothers in labor i can tell you exactly what would happen The infant would be delivered The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated. If if that's what the mother and the family desired and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. You hear what he said. The infant will be made comfortable and then a decision will be made of whether or not to continue that life. The only decision that needs to be made at that point in time is what to name the child. That's it what schools the child going to. What churches the child going to go to not whether or not to terminate the life of that child and so the texas law has now gone into effect and the taxes. Abortion lobby is looking for the supreme court to intervene. I just wanna manage expectations here. Though the supreme court might intervene the supreme court might do this. I'm just making a prediction. Because i am a big alexander. Hamilton fan and alexander. Hamilton made a prediction about the us. Supreme court that i'm going to tell you about in just a second that the supreme court might intervene and say okay. We'll put a stay on this law but we want to hear whether or not we should revisit whether or not abortion laws can be passed around the sort of framework. Don't be surprised because alexander hamilton said. That courts will shape themselves to public opinion that courts as much as we like to think of them as being stoic magnanimous independent. They conform and adjust to the will of the angry and loud majority more times than i think we ever want to admit alexander. Hamilton predicted that throughout many of the federalist papers. So i don't know what the supreme court's going to. I hope that will be pleasantly surprised. And they will uphold this abortion law in texas which by the way. It does not outlaw abortion. Let me just be very clear. This does not outlaw abortion it which it did. But it doesn't outlaw abortion. This is six week abortion ban. If you can't get an abortion in six weeks and all of a sudden you're like no i want the late term abortions really. What is the moral. Just what i no. More justification for abortion is but what is the moral justification beyond that abby johnson. Who's a terrific pro-life activist in texas has said that this will get rid of eighty five percent of all abortions in the state of texas children will live. Thanks to this bill. That's the entire point of the activist. Left isn't it. I thought the left like well. We have to save lives. We have shut down the entire economy to slow the curve. Slow the spread. Wear a mask while you shower. Where a mask with your children because we have to save lives so republicans say okay if you're so in saving lives then let's to save lives. Let's save lives of people that never had the agency the ability or the choice to have an independence that you'll be able to live but democrats hate that. Why do democrats hate a hate. These laws so much. I'm going to reveal to you because it goes after the holy grail of the left which is pleasure how many years i've been telling you about relief factor a lot. Truth is i know. Millions of people in fact some people say over one hundred million people are struggling with some kind of pain maybe from exercise or just getting older. Now pete and seth talbot. They're on a mission. You rarely see this kind of focus and commitment. 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Together of robert francis rourke who i don't know if he'll ever amount to anything he stole hispanic name cultural appropriation so what we would call that racist and his real name is the most irish name. One could possibly imagine. Robert francis aerobic. That is the waspy. Most irish name basical. When i hear that. I say what when i hear them. Like what country club do you belong to instead. He calls himself bet though to try and win. Support over the hispanic community. Because robert francis o'rourke thinks they're stupid. What you have to say about this. This is a really tough day in texas. A lot of you have reached out to meet a sure with me how sad and frustrated and angry and disappointed yarn swan. And tell you. I feel that same way as one. The anti voter bill passed the legislature yesterday. It's unswayed governor abbots desk for signature. It's gonna make it even harder to vote in a state that was already the toughest in which to vote and register in the country today. Also marks the first day of enforcement of the anti abortion anti women's health care. Bill basically creating a ten thousand dollar bounty for people to report women who are trying to access healthcare in the state of texas and you can now in this state carry a gun publicly without any kind of background check registration or vetting. Texas sounds awesome. So people say charlie. How do we make conservative. State stay conservative liberals will self deport. The more of these wonderful laws will pass so right now. Somewhere in menlo park california. Some triple mask wearing vaccine mandate suburban mom who drinks her smoothies shakes and goes to yoga class. Who has a. Let's say complicated. Relationship with her beta male metrosexual husband who works for dropbox. They are looking at real estate right now in texas and elbasan. They're like. I don't know if we want to move there. All of a sudden they might change their zillow search box from highland park texas to boulder colorado and honestly sayonara to boulder the point. Is that for the triple mask wearing vegan smoothie wearing soul cycle attending complicated relationship upper middle class white liberal mom that lives in menlo park and doesn't want to live in california and work tax. Too high she's now going to have a conversation with her husband tonight. Honey i want to go to denver instead. Not texas texas will become more conservative because this is how you repel liberals from moving into your state for example conservatives are not flocking in major numbers to new york and by the way out of all the list of the things that he mentioned love. The pro-life law loved the voter law. The thing that if you want all the sudden repel liberals from your state like mosquitoes have opened carry as soon as california liberals start to see people walk around with guns they will sell their homes and they will leave. You wouldn't believe the reason why liberals have been coming to. Texas is because the haven't been implementing these sorts of laws and by the way securing the elections in texas allowing people to own firearms and to protect young lives that can protect themselves in the womb. God bless texas doing that and is that the best that robert francis orcas look. I know that if you guys really frustrated. And i gotta tell you that. I've never done anything in my life except be on the cover of vanity fair and say i was supposed to be president but besides that the anti woman's legislation and it's the did he call it the anti-voting bill they're just going straight towards it. It's anti voting right. You mean that actually every single vote counts. And i love this already. The hardest state in the vote the state in the country vote. No it's not the voting month in texas you could literally in harris county drive by like you were going to a burger king and drop off your ballot at a drive through place. Don't give me this idea that it's the hardest place to vote. But then robert francis arocca gets really angry when you start to talk about gun ownership. He starts to get nervous in fact. What if robert francis aerobic says i've had enough. I'm going to connecticut be wonderful. I'm going to dive deeper into this bill. What's happening in texas. And also some of the dynamics around this but i actually teased it and i didn't actually get to it. I want to get to huxley. And this whole idea of why. The laughed wants unrestricted abortion on demand. It's because abortion and accessible abortion. Means they don't have to take responsibility for their actions. Listen up everybody. We are just weeks away from yet. Another american travesty. One that could lead our country even further down the road to tyranny. I'm talking of course about court packing the far less radical plan to rig our entire federal judiciary system by adding four liberal justices to the supreme court and completely destroying the constitutional rule of law and our country as we know it thankfully my friends. At first liberty institute a national nonprofit law firm taking a stand. They've written a letter telling the biden commission to reject this brazen court packing scheme and now prominent leaders plus over a hundred thousand patriots like you have joined their coalition franklin graham former attorney general. Ed me's dr dobson plus organizations like the american policy association concerned. Women for america are all on board. Now it's up to you. Sign your name right now. Next to these leaders by september fifteenth go to supreme cu dot com. That's supreme co up dot com right. Now they're trying to pack the supreme court. My friend kelly shackelford runs this amazing organization. So do me a favor. Check it out sign it. It's free of charge. Supreme cu dot com eldest huxley went to oxford. He got a formal. I which is the hardest great to get at oxford and he wrote a book called brave new world. I've been actually surprised how few conservatives know about brave new world a lot of conservatives know about nineteen eighty-four the brave new world is a similar dystopia novel written around the same time it was written in nineteen thirty two to talk about what happens when you organize society with the ultimate purpose for pleasure of your existence so brave new world explores this idea in a variety of different ways it measures time as which means after ford and after henry ford once the assembly line was put in place. Huxley argued that changed society for good in the novel. Brave new world people are able to walk around and take a drug called soma as a which is a non addictive pleasure drug that gives you a sense of happiness and a sense of peace without any sort of downside. The phrase in brave new world is that is repeated is that everybody belongs to everybody. There are no private relationships. There's no private property. You go to work but it's almost meaningless type work and then afterwards you participate in. Excuse the graphic nature of this in massive orgies. It is a free wheeling type attitude to that. Everybody belongs to everybody. Everything is about pleasure. Now and a lot of different ways in our society today it feels as if those trends are only accelerating and one of the reasons why you see liberals democrats absolutely losing their mind over this abortion law and texas which is a very moderate abortion law by the way. It's the most extreme six weeks. That's not extreme at all. That's that's that's nothing. Is that all of a sudden. There is an implication that for ninety nine point three percent of all abortions which are selective abortions through consensual engagement between two partners or two people is all of a sudden that there will not be an ability to terminate a pregnancy if you engage in pleasure. Regrettably the reason why democrats are such advocates for the abortion. Lobby is not because of women's health. It's not because of safe access from an authority women as joe biden says no. It's not it's because they never want to have to tell their voters to get their life together and to take responsibility for one's actions and instead they wanna have carve-outs they wanna have escape hatches. They wanna have measures so that your life can be uninterrupted set. You are the most important person in the world. The abortion movement is a narcissistic movement. The abortion movement is all about oneself and not about duty responsibility for another human life that might be created because of actions decided to commit and so we see in this law for example polling that. It's actually very popular to have measures in place that say once a heartbeat is detected. Those lives should be protected. This does not abolish abortion. This doesn't get rid of it. This merely says that after six weeks it will not be legal to terminate the pregnancy. Joe biden sent out a press release where he said today. Texas law went into effect. This extreme texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right establish under- roe versus wade. Let's stop here. Is there a constitutional right to abortion jeopardy music. No there is not. There's an interpretation by the us supreme court to say that abortion cannot be interrupted from by the state a corrupt and terrible decision by the supreme court. Joe biden would and the democrats by the way they would issue statements like this back in the eighteen seventies touting the dread scott decision saying that there was constitutional right for the dehumanisation of blacks was there. Of course there wasn't it was done seventy-two decision of seven democrats on the supreme court to republicans that ruled in that way and said that up. How this precedent for nearly half a century. So let's just. I talked about the decision. Roe versus wade and there was an accompanied decision of dough as well with roe versus wade. The decision of roe versus wade was done without ultrasound technology. It was done without understanding when life actually begins and it was also an incredibly corrupt process of how roe versus wade actually unfolded not to mention and this has now become under debate because of the abortion lobby but jane roe regretted actually being the plaintiff in roe versus wade in this decision. Some people now say that's not true. I have not found compelling evidence to show otherwise. The texas law will significantly impair women's access to healthcare. Joe biden says they need correction. Abortion is not healthcare abortion stops a life by definition it's not healthcare particularly for communities of color and individuals of low incomes and outrageously it deputises private citizens to bring lawsuits because anyone they believe has helped another person get an abortion which might even be family members healthcare workers front staff workers at healthcare clinic or strangers with no connection to the individual. So joe biden is referencing here. Is that if all of a sudden you are in the process of peddling abortions from one person to the other illegally against state law. You need to be held accountable for that. No different if you were drug dealing my administration is deeply committed to the constitutional right again. It's not a constitutional right. It's an interpretation of the supreme court that will be overturned trust me eventually establishing roe versus wade nearly five decades ago and will protect and defend that right. It's so funny. How liberal logic works. He mentioned five decades ago twice. I thought things that are old. Must be overturned. I thought things that existed before shouldn't be honored and also why is it all of a sudden. The left is so focused on. It's your body. It's your choice to terminate a pregnancy. Go get the vaccine right now. So how does that one work. How does it work all the sudden where it's your body your choice when it comes to the termination of a life but with the vaccine you must get it or else we're going to crush your life now. They try to that on us. They say well. How is it that you want to control women's bodies but also have freedom with aks. Nation was very simple. If it's not your dna it's not your choice. If woman's the host it doesn't make it her life that's an independent life and once that life is created. It deserves protection from the state from us. The people shepard smith from cnbc. He's freaking out. He says the new voting laws are making it harder and scarier to vote. These people lie professionally. Truth is not a left-wing value as dennis. Prager would say cut sixty one bay soon become one of the hardest states in the country to vote this afternoon. The legislature passed a restrictive elections bill. That democrats have been fighting against for months. Opponents say the legislation will make it much harder and as they put it scarier to vote especially for people of color and disabled voters. And so do you see how they represent this voting law which is by the way a very vanilla voting law as being almost a jim crow. Two point oh and by the way. Let's just say this remember. When the texas democrats left the state all vaccinated without masks on they lie they left with miller lite and came back with corona. You remember that. Texas democrats are on defense and this is exactly the blueprint that we need to implement. I am going to defend texas republicans for doing this with everything that we have on this program because when we start to implement our vision of what we want america to look like the democrats have to all of a sudden react. Doesn't it feel like we are always reacting to them. This is all of a sudden a sea change in that which kind of goes in confirms. That aren't this is just the very beginning of us. Starting the fight. This is just the very beginning of a new era where the left does not going to know what all of a sudden hit them. We have rachel maddow talking about this. Oh that'll be delicious. Let me guess. Rachel maddow's wearing a black blouse. Oh i don't know she was the same thing every night play. What taxes has devised is a bizarre distortion vigilante system for hunting women in texas who seek abortions vigilante system to effectively ban abortion and shutdown all abortion providers in the state not to mention terrorizing women who are seeking the procedure. Some things you just don't have to comment in response to rachel maddow comparing a pro-life law to some sort of head. Hunting scheme out of the amazon just goes to show that we're winning. But they think of us as vigilantes insurrectionists the taliban by the way we have the arne duncan tweet from over the weekend. Or arne duncan said. Isn't it time to go. Drone strike all these conservatives not to mention texas also banned critical race theory. Texas is make some moves and for all of you out there. that are looking for blueprints. That's a great one. Gonna be in north dakota tomorrow and ask north dakota. You're much more conservative. state than texas. Why didn't you guys pass this bill. The pro-life bill. It's actually more courageous to do this in texas than it is to north dakota. Why wouldn't north dakota do this. Arne duncan former education secretary. Thank goodness he does not have drones at his disposal. That's all i have to say. He says that have you noticed how strikingly similar. Both the mindset and actions between suicide bombers at kabul airport and the anti mask and anti vaccine people here they both blow themselves up inflict harm on those around them and are convinced they are fighting for freedom. You see like narrative they're starting to establish their vigilantes insurrections the taliban they're going to start to be able to justify military use domestically against our citizens god blessed texas. Did you get hit with a big tax bill. You weren't expecting with rates being very low home equity high perfect time to refinance look. We're all about refinancing all this. Here's the longest shortest it. 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Hate america i refuse to fund companies. I hate america and you have a choice. If you wanna take out a loan or just explore the idea of refinancing andrew and todd dot com call triple eight triple eight eleven seventy-two i go out to eat with these guys they're terrific. They're good people. Andrew and todd dot com. Are your children still your children. The elegant county health department and elegant michigan sent out a letter saying that your son or daughter is a close contact to a cove in nineteen positive person as defy michigan law. This is a source of infection. If you failed to take the action prescribed in this warning notice we could compel your compliance which may result in you being taken into protective custody to protect public health. They could take your children away by court order if you do not quarantine the way they tell you to. Are they still your children. The tyranny that we have been warning about is only getting worse. Domestically it's happening in australia. It's happening in the entire western world. The question is when are they actually going to stop if ever if we don't stand up against former pfizer vice president says the gloves are off the united kingdom government to inject all twelve to fifteen year olds without parental consent. Dr michael jordan. A former pfizer vice president chief scientist for the allergy and respiratory issued a warning to parents in the united kingdom with school children between twelve and fifteen that the government is planning to inject an experimental gene based kobe. Nineteen vaccine into them with or without their parental consent. Beginning next week from life life site news dot com is still your children in australia. They created a stadium where they took all the children away from parents and started vaccinating them. The doctor writes in this article. The children are no measurable bro. Risk from sars kobe. To and no previous healthy child has died in the united kingdom after infection not one he says that thrombosis pulmonary embolisms appeared over four hundred times the rate of a typical low rate after vaccination. He says that death rates per million. Vaccinations are running everywhere at around sixty times more than any other previous vaccine. He said well. What about it to protect vulnerable family members. He says that his ally. The information emerging over time over the united kingdom and israel is showing clearly the vaccines have marginal Benefited in fact wayne's in fact israel the most vaccinated country on the planet is now the hottest covert hotspot in the world. How did that work. The more they get booster shots the extra more the virus spreads and by the way. I'm quoting dr hedin. Dr michael jordan a former pfizer vice president and chief scientist for allergy and respiratory does not just some random person he says knowing what i know from forty years training and practice in toxicology biochemistry and farm farmer ecology to participate in this extraordinary abuse of innocent children in our care can be classified in no other way. He calls it murder. It's definitely aggressive. Cut fifty eight. Israel does not consider you fully vaccinated unless you take a booster shot and your vaccine passport expires every six months. This is great for the pharmaceutical companies. But it making any difference. Why is israel all of a sudden. The kobe hotspot of the planet and what happened to india. How did india stop being the covert hotspot. Who were not allowed to talk about. Ivermectin of course cut fifty eight delta. This taught us that There's a lot more breakthrough on we know. In the after six months it does tend to wane a little bit and israel is going for third booster shot starting over. I unless you're triple vast not considered fully vats and so we're not allowed that conversation around hydroxy chloroquine natural remedies or actually having even natural immunity. Bloomberg is even come out and said that natural immunity from having the virus is multiple times better than actually getting the pfizer vaccine. We've been calling for civil disobedience for a year and a half now. It largely hasn't happened. You now need to be the source of communication and spreading of the news. Because i'm telling you right now. So many people still don't know about this. I talked to just some regular people the other day. And they said yeah. Israel's doing super well. I said what are you talking about the city. I read an article a couple months ago of how it's the model mass vaccination. It's the exact opposite. The most virus rates per person. I think in the almost in the entire world. It's up there right. Connor gets right there. No your information. Everybody super important. Thanks so much for listening everybody. Email us your thoughts. Freedom at charlie. Kirk dot com. And if you want to get involved with turning-point usa you could do so at teepee usa dot com where we play off into the sense of urgency to win the american culture war. God bless you guys. Thanks so much for supporting us. Talk to houston for more on many of these stories and news. You can trust. Go to charlie kirk dot com.
NPR News: 09-02-2021 11PM ET
"This message comes from. Npr sponsor code for america who believes government can and should work well for everyone. Code for america works with governments and communities to build digital tools and services to meet today's challenges and push for a better tomorrow learn more at code for america dot org live from npr news. I'm shay stevens. Much of the nation's east coast is reeling from the vestiges of hurricane item. The storm left a path of destruction and led to dozens of deaths from louisiana to connecticut. New jersey governor phil murphy says that massive flooding in his state is being compounded by what spread power outages at the storms height. Roughly ninety three thousand customers were without power as of now that numbers approximately forty four thousand item made landfall nearly a week ago in louisiana destroying grand isle and leaving. Much of the new orleans area flooded and without electricity. President biden says extreme storms on the east coast and massive wildfires in the west are a reminder of the climate crisis centers for disease control and prevention says. The number of corona virus cases in children is still rising driven by the highly contagious delta variant. As npr's windsor johnston reports the agency is expected to release the findings of two new studies on friday. That specifically look at covert nineteen and kids. Cdc director doctor rochelle walinsky says the studies. Clearly show that emergency room visits and hospitalizations are much lower among children in communities with higher vaccination rates all of these studies included data from past two months when adult ovarian became the predominant variant across the country as cases where increasing throughout july and august. The number of children getting sick with colin was also increasing wenski says the study showed that unvaccinated adolescents were almost ten times more likely than vaccinated teens to end up hospitalized with kobe. In nineteen she also continued the push for mask mandates in schools windsor johnston. Npr news washington florida's reporting. It's did lead peak since the pandemic began surpassing previous corona virus surges in the state data provided to the cdc reveals that at least eight days in august to produce daily deaths than in the peak in august of last year abortion providers in texas attorney away most patients after the nation's most restrictive abortion ban took effect from member station k. U. t. ashley. Lopez has more administrators at one clinic in texas. Say they saw eleven patients. Tuesday morning hoping to get an abortion but because texas currently bans the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Eight of those patients were turned away. Joe nelson physician at the clinic. Says it's been a heartbreaking experience on to have to turn them away for for no reason without any assistance or any referrals is horrible. Meanwhile republican leaders in texas continue to celebrate the new law in a statement. Lieutenant governor. dan. Patrick said he expects it to become a national model for other states seeking a ban. I'm actually lopez in austin. This is npr news in a unanimous ruling. Virginia supreme court has cleared the way for the removal of a massive statue of confederate general robert e lee in richmond governor ralph northern ordered the monument taken down last year amid massive protests against racial injustice and outrage over the police killing of george floyd in minneapolis. A group of virginia residents sued to keep the statue in place citing an eighteen eighty nine agreement for the state to guard and protect the justices sided with northern citing historians. Who say the statue is now considered a symbol of racial injustice in a long wide ranging interview. Pope francis is criticizing. The manner in which the united states pulled out of afghanistan says the move was justified. Npr sylvia poggioli reports that. The pope also dismissed rumors that he's planning to resign resignation. Rumors circulated following the pope's colon surgery in july. Whenever a pope is ill francis quipped in an interview with spanish radio network culpa. There's always a breeze or a hurricane of conclave. the thought he added even cross mind asked about afghanistan he said the withdrawal was legitimate and speculated. There might have been quote a lot of deception on the part of the taliban but he also suggested the twenty year. Experience showed the errors of nation building and attempts to export western values. Asked what he'll say to hungary's staunchly anti immigration. Prime minister viktor orban when he travels to budapest later this month. Francis said. I don't know if i'm going to meet him so people jolie. Npr news rome. And i'm shay stevens this is npr news.
NPR News: 09-01-2021 12AM ET
"This message comes from. Npr sponsor essays store dot com trusted by millions of americans head to fsa's store dot com and use the code news. Now fifteen to get a one time discount of fifteen dollars off your order of one hundred fifty dollars or more live from npr news. I'm shay stevens. President biden is defending the way the united states ended its military involvement in afghanistan. Following twenty years of war. Biden says he was not willing to extend the forever war or a forever exit brew left with a simple decision either. Follow through on the commitment made by the last administration on leave afghanistan or say we weren't leaving and commit another tens of thousands more troops going back to war. That was the choice. The real choice between levy or escalating. More than one hundred twenty. Three thousand people were evacuated from. Afghanistan is the us mission. There came to a close. Roughly one hundred americans are still in afghanistan and president biden says that efforts to bring them. Home are ongoing. Communities across the country are mourning the loss of the thirteen u s servicemembers killed in last week's attack the kabul international airport lance-corporal riley mccullum is being remembered in wyoming from jackson hole community. Radio kyle mackey has that story mccollum's dream of enlisting in the us marine corps helped motivate him to finish high school according to his former school. Counselor pam coleman who says she doesn't want the twenty year old to only be seen as a symbol of a tragic end to america's longest war. I think i really want him to be remembered for kind of who he was. Which was the kid who would stick up for somebody. Who was the kid who who was really smart. Quick witted members of mccombs family were welcomed back to jackson with a police escort after they returned from the transfer of riley's remains in delaware on sunday for npr news. I'm kyle mackey in jackson wyoming. The volume of the street has pledged in all of government response to hurricane ida led by fema thousands of national guard. Troops are standing by in southern states. Hardest hit by. The storm is blamed for at least four deaths and the loss of power to more than a million utility customers. The kaldor fire is burning closer to south lake. Tahoe and has forced thousands in the area to flee. Ezra david romero has more from member station k. q. Ed sixty eight year. Old bill sheaffer was an housed for many years and for a time lived in the forest two weeks ago. He moved into an affordable housing unit in south lake tahoe now with wildfire burning in the tahoe basin. He's temporarily housed again the lottery to find a place for three hundred and fifty dollars a month for a lot of things to fix up. Hopefully it'll be there more than twenty thousand. People have evacuated from the popular tourist destination and as the kaldor fire continues to burn. Schaefer is one of many wondering whether or not south lake tahoe will remain a viable place to call home for npr news. I'm ezra david romero in south lake. Tahoe you're listening to npr news. Texas republicans have passed new voting restrictions that prohibit twenty four hour polling makes it a crime to send mail in ballot applications to people who don't request them governor greg. Abbott is bowing to sign the measure. Saying it will solidify trust and confidence in state elections but critics call the measure of voter suppression bill designed to discourage democratically voters from participating. Virginia's governor ralph northern has signed posthumous pardons for seven black men executed in nineteen fifty. One the so-called martinsville seven were convicted of raping a white woman in a case that drew national attention from member station. Bpm then pave your has more. It's believed to be the largest mass execution for rape in. Us history governor. Ralph northam said. The men hadn't gotten a fair hearing the rapid trials the trials by juries. That were all white man. It was an emotional day for family members of the executed like pam hairston. Who hadn't expected the pardon added. Think i was gonna cry but it was so emotional. It was one of the best days of my life. Virginia executed forty five men for rape from nineteen. Oh eight to nineteen fifty one all of them black. The state legislature banned the death penalty earlier this year for npr news. I'm ben pave. Peter in richmond on wall street. Stocks closed mostly lower intriguing tuesday. The dow jones industrials fell thirty. Nine points the nasdaq. Composite index dipped six points and the s&p. Five hundred was also down six points. Us futures are higher in after hours trading an asia pacific markets are mixed. I'm shay stevens. This is npr news. This message comes from npr sponsor. Xfinity celebrate historically black colleges and universities with a collection of tv shows movies and more just say h you into your xfinity voice remote visit xfinity dot com slash black experience to learn more.
NPR News: 08-31-2021 11AM ET
"This message comes from. Npr sponsor code for america who believes government can and should work well for everyone. Code for america works with governments and communities to build digital tools and services to meet today's challenges and push for a better tomorrow learn more at code for america dot org live from npr news in washington. I'm korva coleman. President biden is scheduled to speak later this afternoon about the us military withdrawal from afghanistan. The last year has military flight departed kabul airport just before midnight local time. Npr's got detro- reports biden says the decision to withdraw. Even with scores of americans still in afghanistan was made at the recommendation of military. Commanders biden. promised to be the president to end america's war in afghanistan. Now he's done so with the final weeks of the conflict marked by chaos and violence around the kabul airport and a bombing attack that killed or wounded hundreds of afghans and claimed the lives of thirteen american servicemembers in a statement marking the final withdrawal biden. Reiterated that the joint chiefs and military commanders endorsed ending the airlift to protect the safety of troops guarding the airport in the end. One hundred twenty two thousand people were flown out of afghanistan since mid august scott detro-. Npr news the white house. The founder of the afghan women's network muga suraj says she will continue to have confidence in afghan women. You cannot cripple half the country's population a very very scheduled very knowledgeable. Very you know powerful went off the society part of the the whole country and because they're women just just disregard them. That's not that's not. What how it's supposed to be cheese spooked. Npr's morning edition. What's left of hurricane. Ida is storming north across tennessee. Kentucky and west. Virginia forecasters have posted flood watches. As far north as massachusetts the hurricane made landfall sunday on louisiana's gulf coast leaving catastrophic damage. More than a million people still lack power and they may not get it back for weeks. Meanwhile new orleans mayor says people who evacuated ahead of hurricane ida should not try to return home yet she says new orleans authorities will notify everyone. When it's safe to come back. Hurricane ida kill two people in louisiana another. Two people died monday night in mississippi after a section of highway collapsed in the southern part of the state. Multiple vehicles crashed into a large hole from member station. W. w. no shalini shut lonnie reports. Another ten people were injured. The road collapse occurred on highway. Twenty six about forty miles. North of pascagoula on the state's coastline calvin robertson with mississippi highway patrol said. The collapse is likely related to torrential rain for now. This major roadway will remain close to traffic. There's a lot of people whatever tomorrow it's going to be majoring. Robertson says highway patrol engineers will be on site to make a determination of what happened to the road for npr news. I'm selena chat lonnie in jackson mississippi on wall street stocks were lower. The dow jones industrial average is down about four points at thirty five thousand. Three hundred ninety. Five the nasdaq is down thirty. Six at fifteen thousand to twenty nine. This is npr. virginia governor. Ralph northern is granting posthumous pardons to seven black men. They were executed in nineteen fifty one for the rape of a white woman. In the town of martinsville. The case drew national attention for this speedy convictions of the men and disparities in the use of capital punishment. State records show that from nineteen o eight until nineteen fifty one. All prisoners executed in virginia. Four rape were black men. Us climate envoy. John carey is an asia this week urging cooperation to combat climate change. Npr's anthony kuhn reports from seoul carries laying the groundwork for global climate conference. This fall carries in tokyo for the first time. As climate on voi- he's meeting with prime minister. Yoshihiko suge and ministers in charge of foreign affairs the environment and the economy. Like the us. Japan is aiming to eliminate net carbon emissions by twenty fifty. but for now it remains heavily. Reliant on fossil fuels after that carry will head to china which is aiming for carbon neutrality by twenty sixty critics say china the world's top carbon emitted has to move faster if the earth's rising temperatures are to be kept within one and a half degrees celsius of pre industrial levels. Carey's trip is in preparation for un climate conference known as cop twenty six to be held in glasgow. Scotland in november anthony kuhn npr news. Seoul officials in eastern california have ordered thousands of people to evacuate the city of south lake tahoe. The enormous kaldor fire is sweeping close to the resort town. It's burned about three hundred square miles about the same area as new york city. I'm korva coleman. Npr news in washington.
NPR News: 09-03-2021 3AM ET
"Support for this. Npr podcast and the following message come from betterment of full service 401k provider help attract and retain talent by helping your employees save for retirement and more no business is too small to get started learn more at betterment dot com slash. 401k live from npr news. I'm shay stevens. The death toll from what used to be hurricane ida is climbing in the northeastern united states as npr's hans the wong reports. The storm is blamed for at least forty deaths from the mid atlantic to the newark tristate area. In new york city. Many of the deaths were in flooded basement. Apartments new jersey governor phil murphy says most of the people who died in his state were in their vehicle caught by the flooding. We're not out of the shed stay home if it's safe to do so. To many families are already morning. The tragic loss of a loved. One murphy says there are many abandoned cars on bridges and roads across jersey left by drivers overwhelmed by the rainfall. The governor says the state needs to better prepare for flash flooding according to scientists is becoming more common and intense because of climate change on the one. Npr news president biden is set to survey storm damage today in louisiana where item made landfall as a category four hurricane. The storm damaged a major transmission tower and miles of power lines and substations leaving more than a million louisiana and mississippi utility customers in the dark white house. Press secretary jen. Psaki says that fema is already providing emergency assistance in the region as of today. Roughly fifty thousand households in louisiana already received a one time payment of five hundred dollars from fema to support critical needs. Those needs include cooling stations to cope with heat during widespread power outages louisiana's transportation department announced that all interstate systems across the state have been cleared of debris and are now reopened. More than fifteen thousand firefighters battling dozens of major blazes in california crews are taking advantage of calmer winds to battle the kaldor fire which is burning a few miles from the tourist hub of south lake. Tahoe. the blaze has consumed nearly three hundred twenty nine square miles and is just twenty seven percent contain. Meanwhile the dixie fire is burning in northern california. It's fifty five percent contained president biden's approval rating has hit a new low in the latest. Npr pbs newshour marist. Poll npr's domenico montanaro has details biden's approval rating fell to forty three percent sliding six points since the end of july in that month biden faced a backlash over his handling of the withdrawal from afghanistan in the survey only about a third of respondents approved of how he managed the exit still seven and ten say. The war in afghanistan was a failure and they're split on what they think should have been done about it. Just twenty nine percent think the. Us had a duty to stay involved in the country but when it comes to afghan refugees the overwhelming majority of respondents support. Resettling them in the united states that shaping up to be the next big political fight with some republican leaders like former president. Donald trump saying. They don't want them in the country to medical montenero. Npr news washington. Us futures are higher in after hours. Trading this is npr news new zealand's prime minister just into our dern says a stabbing rampage. Today at an oakland supermarket was a terrorist attack. The suspect wounded six people before being killed by police. Are dern says the attacker astray sri lankan. National was apparently inspired by the islamic state. The virginia supreme court says the governor ralph northern may proceed with plans to remove a giant statue of confederate general. Robert e lee. From street in richmond whitney evans of member station. Bpm has more. The justices agreed with the lower court. That the man who filed the lawsuit didn't have the right to stop the state from removing the statue from state property a descendant of the family who gifted the monument to the state cited a nineteenth century deed that he says bound the state to keeping the monument in. Its place carl tobias. A law professor at the university of richmond called the court's opinion a goring rejection of that argument because the effect is to compel government speech by forces commonwealth to express in perpetuity. A message with which now disagrees. Lee is the largest and last-standing confederate monument in the city of richmond other confederate statues and symbols were removed last summer for npr news. I'm whitney evans. In richmond of former georgia prosecutor has been indicted on misconduct charges linked to the february twenty twenty death of a black jogger. Who was stalked and gunned down on a road in the city of brunswick jackie. Johnson is accused of trying to use her position to protect the accused killers. I'm shay stevens. This is npr news.
Finally Some Indictments
"In trending headlines guys a colorado grand jury indicted three police officers in two paramedics involved in the august. Two thousand nineteen death of elijah mclain. You guys remember this story. I'm sure leisure mclean was twenty three year old black man who was stopped by police while walking home from a store the officers placed the unarmed mclean in a neck hold and injected him with a key to mine He suffered cardiac arrest and died at the hospital. Wow i hope hope this is just this for allies plane. I'm glad the grandeur solidly assad enough evidence to indict them i. This is good for a long damn three officers in two paramedics paramedics to all their. Yeah i remember this story. He was the wrong young man. Yeah twenty three years justice for armed. But what's the purpose of that. I don't i don't get it. I mean like instead of handcuffing somebody shoot them with some was the purpose. Didn't they say he was acting irrationally and they were trying to get them under control. Or if i remember correctly it was trying to say he was irate. A what inexcusable. Whatever anybody with anything when they. What are you doing that for yeah. Yeah but anyway miss and we'll have more on this story know more details than stuff and move on moving on entertainment news after a long battle with colon cancer. I'm so sad to report this story. Greg leaks has passed away peacefully in his home. Yes surrounded by all of his children very close loved ones and of course wife ni-ni a family rep released a statement. It reads in part. We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family and allow them to mourn in private during the very very difficult time. As and i love my name house. Play really such a cool guy. Don't realize i read a post and cynthia bailey. That cynthia bailey put up. She put up her and mike her that pose. Yeah her husband mike. And then she put up meany and greg and she said in the post that greg was the first person that prayed for them as a couple and she said she will always remember that because it meant so much to them and howard manage to cool no matter what was going on around just like very rational very wise wise man. Good looking guy couldn't look yeah. Yeah nice now. Tmz is reporting that there won't be a funeral Which was at greg's request. He wanted to be cremated. Anaemia and his family are honoring that wish and there will be a celebration of life ceremony. Though greg anini got married back in nineteen ninety-seven they divorced. If you recall in two thousand eleven however a couple years later in two thousand thirteen. They said i'd do once more. And they've been happily married ever since we saw their wedding. On the real housewives the couple shares a son brett brent and they also have kids from previous relationships. And we can't say this enough. Our deepest deepest condolences going out to me and the leaks family. All right j. We're going to switch gears here and check out the headline already. It'd be body. It's time for the news with miss an trip. Thank you very much and Here we go everybody for. We have a dangerous flooding in the northeast because a tropical storm ida. Things are pretty bad up there. Their states of emergency declared on both new york city and in new jersey dangerous flooding throughout Due to historic rainfall overnight at least eight people were killed in new york city. At least one person killed in new jersey that is gin because of hurricane a hurricane the turn the tropical storm ida that went up there yesterday and last night but juniors governor ralph northern has granted pardons posthumously to seven young black men who were executed nine hundred fifty one for the rape of a white woman. There's nothing more powerful than knowing of our past history so that we can move in a better direction. We'll call the martinsville seven. They were convicted by an all white male jury. A raping thirty two year old. Ruby floyd in a black neighborhood in nineteen forty nine supporters and descendants say the men would not give any fair representation. There was no investigation as to what went really went on and what she was doing in that area. After that they was sentenced to death they were pleased for mercy from around the world calling their punishment not only extreme but unjust. There's was the largest mass execution for rape in. Us history in recent years their cases seen as example of how racism is used to meet out the death penalty in chicago. A white cop placed on administrative duty while investigations conducted into his jumping on a black woman. Who was simply walking her dog in a park. The park was closing and his video. Cam shows him attacking the woman who was trying to get out and just walking away with her dog. That officer taken off the streets after the body cam. was seen and now walmart. This one in conroe texas and the racial spotlight two black men one a former officer at one the other one a local minister handcuffed and led out of the walmart like criminals when they tried to bring back a defective. Tv that they'd purchase early in the day. That's even though. They showed the store clerk the receipt. The store people call the cops. They eventually let go. They say a white female walmart employees show that they should get the f out of the store and don't f ing ever come back and by the way the black man will never able to exchange that television either. That's the way things go We defense secretary. Lloyd asked and marking the end of the longest war in american history. And the end of this country's largest air evacuation of civilians secretary austin praising ua servicemembers where they say now the work is different to move afghan evacuees out of temporary housing in intermediate staging bases in the gulf and in europe unto begin new lives and back to the steve harvey morning show. You're listening to morning show.
The Transformation of Ralph Northam
"From new york times. I'm michael borrow. This is a daily two years after facing calls to resign over a racist image. The democratic governor of. Virginia ralph northam has instead emerged as the most racially progressive leader in the state's history. Today sabrina taverny seat spoke with are calling a stint earned about how that habit. It's thursday june seventeenth. Tell me why you became interested in this story in the story of ralph northam in twenty nineteen. I was really looking at the state of virginia and thinking what in the world is going on. All right what is going on in virginia. The state was thrown into chaos when it came out. That governor ralph northam wore black face in the eighties. The governor who was discovered on his medical school yearbook page really racist photograph. The picture shows two people. You can see it right there. One black face and another in a ku klux klan robe and hood. A man in black faced. Another man in kkk kosta. Just a short time ago. The governor in meeting one of those men is him and the governor said in. This was him and flip flop the next day and said he doesn't think it was him. I am not the person in that photo but he did wear black face on another time that same year. I did participate in a dance contest. In which i darkened. My face is part of a michael jackson and it was a lot of calls for him to resign. Resign immediately. generous. I i think. He's shown himself sort of irreparably. Damaged in terms of his ability to govern and governor. Northam survived this now. A whole bunch of other stuff happened in the state to justin fairfax lieutenant governor facing to accusations of sexual assault. The person who would have been next in line if ralph northam had stepped down the lieutenant governor. He was accused of sexual assault by two women in this period though he denies those allegations. He's hanging in the job right now as well. And then you had the attorney general who would have been third in line. Also a democrats voluntarily admit that he wore black face at a party in one thousand nine hundred and the state's top three lawmakers now facing separate scandals although they're all interconnected so i think my reaction sitting in new york at the time was what was in the water in virginia and more. Interestingly enough how come all these people all three of them stayed in office interesting. I remember that series of very strange news items starting with north. I'm thinking what what what happened. And i remember him saying he wasn't going to leave and it seemed like the story just kind of faded away right on the national level it. Did you had democratic party. That was obviously in the middle of a presidential primary and the election of joe biden and that was where the attention was on the national level. But you know. I think as part of covering that is also following. What's happening in the states and that was seeing of virginia. That's certainly look differently than before the scandal. Did you like the color blue. I'm here to officially declare today. November the fifth two thousand. The night thing. That virginia is officially blue. Congratulations in november of twenty. Nine thousand nine democrats became the majority in both houses of the state legislature. Giving them really expanded political in the state that they've never had before and then you also had an administration that kept pudding race and racial progress at the forefront of its priorities governor ralph northern signed into law sweeping police reform bills. This week that will also expand the grounds to decertify officers who commit misconduct limit. The use of neck restraints in standardized training requirements. Then governor north got on board with the movement to remove a number of confederate statues and monuments generations ago. Virginia made the decision not to celebrate unity but to honor the calls of division symbols matter to and virginia has never been willing to deal with until now. And i think the last piece for me was the abolition of the death penalty. That happened in virginia. The first state in the south to do so when one looks at the history close to fourteen hundred individuals have been executing the great majority of those individuals were african american. We've executed more people than any other state and it's this is our time to right that wrong. Someone who is elected not really as a progressive but as a kind of tried and true southern kind of more conservative democrat and he hadn't really leaned in to issues of race and identity before twenty nineteen and so it was kind of forefront on my mind that after the inauguration in the national elections were over then it could be a good time to check in with the northbound scandal of twenty nine thousand nine. How did it change. This person who clearly was thought to be politically dead. So i went to virginia and i talked to the governor in his office so instead what does he say just kind of initially as a fact checking thing. I wanted to make sure it's you know as you said. At the time you still recall being on the folks fish I in the interview. The governor reiterates that he does not believe that he is either man the racist photograph on his yearbook page but that he did wear black face in a previous incident at a party around the same time. He also states that his main goal after the news broke was to convince his black staff to stick by him and also he made a pitch to elected officials across the state particularly the black elected officials. That if they stuck by him he would show the. He's a changed man and those new priorities will be reflected in his administration. I said you know. I i understand what's going on. I know why people are hurting. And i'm committed to listening and learning and then having paul but if you will to really make some significant changes and so. That's really the approach that i took so of. I never i was having as you may remember really need to resign and i i said i can do more people and more good for me and ralph door is telling the way that the scandal changed him starts on the inside. That's a moment of embarrassment. Caused personal growth. That then was reflected. In his administration's priorities was being agreements bill correction center and signed legislation. And if you look in history of that and and it's another example of you. What happened in february to happen. I'm not sure if my eyes would have been owed to the point where i went back and looked at the history and how many people of color been executed and why capital punishment was was being using. I mean we could really sample channel whether it be access to healthcare access to education access to business opportunities are voting Dinner all just no. The full of racism and oppression. The i guess in front of my eyes my brain. No beth time. Why a much better person now than i was. Then that is in brain mind. Mill february nineteenth brought together absolutely. But i wanted to ask him. How much of this is also about politics. How much of this is about him. Repaying a black community that stuck by him at his dark time. Someone told me today that the policy has paid back debt. Whether you think about that. i'm not wanted. I won't go round taking credit for thanks. I think the good policy did has come from all this. Been a team effort. A lot of these things would not have happened. We had majority in the house and the senate and and so why don't take all the credit that but This has been a team and it's been an effort where again i've these are some things we can do. And it's all about timing is also the people around him. They make very clear that he has taken this period of growth very seriously he has really made it his mission to to learn about what he says. He was ignorant of the history of race and racism before this scandal but for a lot of black leaders in the state whether they were elected officials or whether they were activists there frankly unconcerned with how true his growth personally is. This was a moment of opportunity. There was a window in which the governor was asking you. What can i do for you and they decided that they were gonna seize on that. Very climate change is one of our greatest challenges but turns challenges into opportunities carbon pricing. Today's great opportunity to make america a worldwide clean energy leader by incentivizing innovation. Carbon pricing will transform our economy and create millions of jobs it is a fast and effective tool to combat climate change lowering. 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Subscribe so instead. You said some of the block leaders in virginia saw this scandal with north as an opportunity. What did you mean by that. One of the people. I talk to about that. Was one of his campaign co chairs from when ralph northam originally ran for governor and her name is marcie price. I am a delegate for the ninety fifth district which is part of for new hampton virginia. She's a member of what is functionally the house of representatives for the state of virginia. And she put her credibility on the line to help get north elected and what was the competitive democratic primary so she was going across the state with him kind of as a liaison to black voters and community leaders back when he was initially running to be governor so we had gone into intimate spaces within you know my network when we were running for election and she said that when she found out about the photo scandal she was crushed. The moment that the story broke. I was in office talking with my interns and must bear and i politely asked for them to step out and i cry. My i cried. The initial reaction was hurt. It hurt like you to do with that. She has this initial reaction. Then what does she do when she went home to her district as this was going on it became very clear to her that the feeling among the black virginians she was representing was way more diverse and nuance than the feelings that were happening on the national level that weekend in several weeks after people were coming up to me and making sure i knew how they feel or even you know whether whether we should push them out or or y'all leave the man alone and say if there's an opportunity and so i heard things from that was back. Then kuo with he nailed. It was not excusing that behavior. It was an understanding on. There are mass speaking for myself but understanding on their part. That if you cut ties with every white man has done something. That was questionable. Were that you didn't agree with. We couldn't get business time. You have to remember that we're talking about black people who have lived in the south for longtime and that is a different type of racial landscape so while there are certainly people who saw that photo and immediately wanted him to resign. There are also people who have already kind of baked in the racism of white americans in the south and didn't find it particularly surprising and some who didn't find it particularly invalidating. I'm a tenth generation resident born in virginia so it is not surprising to most black people in virginia to cheer of black fade to hear of familial connections to the transatlantic slave trade distance where it started in some senses. You know and it is not surprising that it took something huge for someone to realize. I have privilege. I need to learn more because that's the system that we're up against all of the you can see what's important that all of these things happened at once you had the additional scandals for his be successors you had north them pitching. Can i do for you. And you had her listening to her constituents who were giving a more mixed nuance reception. Then the national pressure and so what she says is that it became clear to her that the most strategic decision the one that had the biggest upside for her constituents is to take the governor up on that offer and to really try to use their sense of collective power as black elected officials and as the communities that stood by him. And this moment to say okay. If we do that. We're going to expect things down. The line shut down and then the opportunity to have further conversations and to work toward legislation that my district needs that i wasn't doing my job. It was strategic if in a position now for us to get some things done and y'all get things done. I mean it kind of a sad commentary that it would take a moment of racism to push what is a loyal group of democratic voters to the top of the priority list. But basically that's the decision they come to is to say okay. He's pitching this specifically around policy and we're sick of being not taken seriously at that table. So maybe in this moment. There's an alignment of values. That doesn't often exists even within the democratic party. I definitely can say. I feel more listened to by the since. Twenty nineteen and. I don't think that's bad happens. But i also think that that's really important for my district and then you look you look at what got done is things is taking the black caucus hasn't been fighting for for my whole life like you know you know what i mean so. I don't think that that it should be taken is just we let it go or everything was just off fine. It was. We have business and we had to do the business or else we wouldn't have been living up to our end of the bargain of elected officials. And just to know that. I have a governor who is listening when i talk about the voting right back virginia and why is still needed in twenty twenty one and why virginia can be a different position. Interject the on voting rights georgia texas. Were you know arizona. That is not a happenstance that is by real work boots on the ground real work with the advocates and fighters who stayed at the table. Because they knew they couldn't lead she's someone who's had a long relationship with the governor obviously from his campaign all the way through and then at the moment of hurt and when the scandal came out i was wondering how she viewed him now even if she wasn't surprised or she expects little when it comes to white democrats after what he's done to she consider him an ally to black communities. You mentioned you call. Everyone in ally is Ralph northbound one in your book. The governor's administration has been an important piece to the progress that we have gotten since one thousand nine hundred and he said. What did you make of her answer. I think in its core. She shows the real pragmatism. That black voters are forced to think about in a two party democratic system that the choices have often for black people in america been between bad and worse and for communities that have often not had the system work for them to cancel. Everyone who has done a racist thing in the past is an ability they do not have and so when you ask her. If he's an ally. I think her response shows how meaningless really that word is for the political system. She doesn't need him to be allah and regulates. Not if he's an what is important for her as that. He reflects the things that she believes. Our community needs and to me. That is the black political experience in that. Show it's not about being my friend. It's about delivering on stuff. There have been few friends for black people in the scope of american politics. It is about who has been willing to be a vessel for that progress and that has come in many many forms throughout our history people who were open racist people who were segregated this people who were slave owners you know that has been true throughout and i think that that is particularly top of mine for black elected officials in the south who have known that directly it had known to navigate that throughout their careers instead. Thank you. thank you Right back Atlassian the makers behind popular teamwork software like jira trello and confluence whether it's real time. Clebration or stain aligned on key goals. Atlassian schedule work. Management solutions empowered dev business and it teams across the whole enterprise to work more efficiently together. It's exactly why eighty three percent of the fortune. 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I told president putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by asked a belt navalny during his own news conference putin countered the us was silencing its own dissidents by arresting those who stormed the capital on january six and said that russia wanted to avoid the kind of political violence that had occurred in the united states during protests over policing last summer what we saw was disorder destructions violations of the law etcetera feel sympathy for the negatives american. But we don't want that to happen on our territory and we're doing utmost in order to not allow it to happen. Today's episode was produced by eric. Kripke diana wynne and luke vanderploeg. It was edited by dave shot and lisa chow contains original music by dan. Powell and miriam lozano in was engineered by chris ward. That's it for the. I'm michael barr see tomorrow. Bitcoin digital assets cryptocurrency a theorem. You have questions and bit. 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Did The Supreme Court Just Overturn Roe v. Wade?
"Welcome to consider this from npr. And w amu. After the top story from npr. Stay with us for a look at what's happening here in the dc metro region from the w. amu newsroom. The court's order is stunning. That's from justice. Sonia sotomayor wrote that in her descent to an order by the supreme court's conservative. Majority this week now. That order allowed a new texas law to go forward a law that in effect bans abortion after about six weeks and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who helps a person get the procedure The devastation is just immeasurable at this point and it continues daily. Kathy kleinfeld is an administrator with houston's women's reproductive services whether it's on the phone or email requests from desperate trying to seek services Were spending a lot of time counseling and trying to guide women on what their options might be if they're six weeks or beyond at whole women's health another abortion provider in texas president. Amy hagstrom miller described desperate scenes on tuesday night in the hours before the law took effect are waiting room towards build with patients and their loved ones. In all four of our yesterday we had a physician who has worked with us for decades in tears as he tried to complete the abortions for all the folks who were waiting six weeks of course earlier than most people know they're pregnant. Cathy kleinfeld again. That's that's the point. She would literally have just a matter of a few days to make her decision schedule. The appointment come in texas long requires two visits. She has to wait. Twenty four hours between those two visits before she can obtain the abortion so the clock is really ticking and the reality is that women don't realize this until right at that point. consider this the new. Texas law is a near total ban on abortion and while it will face legal challenges the right to an abortion is on very shaky ground at the supreme court from npr. I'm audie cornish. it's friday. September third over this last year and a half. The world's been through a lot so on this season of the story of podcast. We'll hear stories reminding us that even when times are hard can still begin again. Listen to our new season wherever you get your podcasts. It's considered this from npr. The supreme court allowed the texas law to take effect on september first at midnight in the final hours before that happened. So there was a tremendous demand Saw at least twice as many patients as normal and one of our clinics was open inside fast patient just a few minutes before midnight. That's amy hagstrom miller again. The president of whole women's health operate clinics in four texas cities on wednesday the first day the new texas law was in full effect. Hoekstra miller told npr. That staff were already turning patients away at clinics and those patients are just filled with anguish. they're begging to be seen You know fifty patients on the schedule and maybe only five who are early enough in the pregnancy now to have an abortion in texas under these new standards. Those standards again. Abortion is legal in texas after about six weeks of pregnancy and so is helping someone get an abortion after that time so it's my experience that most of the patients who will be denied abortions in texas will be forced to carry pregnancies against the will we will see people choose to self manage their abortion and and honestly what option has the state left people access to safe abortion makes communities healthier. And i think we're going to see a public health emergency on our hands if we don't get some relief. The supreme court's vote. This week was five to four chief. Justice john roberts sided with the court's three liberal justices. The majority included three justices appointed by former president trump and their decision didn't block future challenges to the law but allowing it to go into effect. In the meantime was something roberts disagreed with. He called the texas law unprecedented. Not only because of its restrictive timeframe but the way it delegates enforcement powers to the general populace at large in her dissent justice. Sonia sotomayor attacked that enforcement provision which allows private citizens to sue abortion providers. And anyone who helps a person get one and that includes giving a person money or a ride to a clinic. What's more private citizens. Who bring these suits need. Not show any connection to the people they're suing and if they prevail the law entitles them to a minimum of ten thousand dollars in damages. Plus attorney fees sotomayor said the texas law quote deputized. The states citizens as bounty hunters offering them cash prizes for civilly prosecuting their neighbors medical procedures. Npr legal affairs correspondent. Nina totenberg has more on the inner workings of the texas law and how the supreme court interpreted it for nearly a half century. Since roe versus wade the supreme court has consistently upheld the right to terminate a pregnancy prior to the fetus. Being able to survive outside the womb generally twenty two to twenty four weeks the court majorities decision to leave the texas statute in place has provoked widespread criticism because the law was written to prevent review by the courts instead of placing enforcement in the hands of state officials the law delegates to any individual the right to sue for money damages a clinic or any person who aids or abets and abortion after six weeks. Villanova university's michael morland who identifies himself as a pro-life law professor notes that the law is not just bizarre in his words but broad there are all kinds of uncertainties in the statute it even at one point. has a provision that you can bring a claim if you know that someone intends to procure an abortion or eight or about one indeed antiabortion groups are already asking on their websites for tips about those who are aiding or abetting abortion in violation of the state law. Just how far the language of the statute may reach remains unclear but it could possibly include family members or a receptionist at a clinic or someone who drives a patient to a clinic. Even perhaps an out of state doctor who via telemedicine prescribes abortion pills cornell law professor. Michael dorf observes that the public enforcement. Provisions of the law could have some ugly consequences the creation of a kind of stasi Or you know. East german type society in which everybody is informing on everybody else and all of this comes in the context of a far more traditional attack on the courts abortion precedents a showdown with a new conservative super majority at the supreme court this year in the next couple of months. The court is scheduled to hear a direct challenge to roe v wade in a case testing the constitutionality of mississippi law banning abortions after fifteen weeks that law like dozens of other similar laws restricting abortion. Rights was blocked by the courts because it violated roe and other supreme court precedents and because unlike the texas law the state enforcement regime was carried out by state officials university of texas law. Professor stephen vladic maintains that by leaving the texas law in place. The supreme court majority rewards cynicism it rewards states. Not just thumbing. Their nose at the supreme court substantively but using procedural tricks to make it hard for the supreme court to actually get to the unconstitutional substance of what the state's doing stay tuned as the stakes this year get higher and higher. Npr legal affairs correspondent nina totenberg for abortion rights opponents. This week's decision by the supreme court was a milestone. i mean this is a phenomenal victory for the movement. John cdo is the legislative director for texas right to life. He told npr abortion rights. Opponents have been trying to pass so called art beat bills for decades crossing a bridge that has been impossible up to this point. Texas right to life is the state's largest organization of its kind and cedo says that organization. They'll help people identify anyone they think could be sued under the new texas law. We have a network of attorneys and pro life activists who even now give us tips and information that may be one to believe that the law is being broken by the abortion industry. A new tactic in an old fight. One that abortion opponents have been waging for decades now those who support abortion rights are scrambling to come up with a new strategy. People don't understand what they can lose until often it's too late. Catherine colbert is a women's rights attorney and author of controlling women what we must do now to save reproductive freedom. She spoke to npr's ari shapiro. You argued the supreme court case planned parenthood versus casey in the early nineties. That's the case that upheld the basic tenets of roe versus wade now twenty years later the supreme court is far more conservative than it has been at any time since row. So how does that shape. Your strategy well ari. I often say that arguing before. The supreme court is a lot like sesame street. You have to learn to count in the only number that actually matters is five because five justices gets you to a majority that's correct and in nineteen ninety two. When i argued the casey case we thought there were five justices at that time. To overturn roe That didn't happen today. Would not so lucky. There's at least five if not six votes that could overturn roe and The latest vote count in texas. Who shows us that. There are at least five votes there that are hell bent on destroying the rights. That are guaranteed in both row. In casey and so that being the case do you just try to avoid the supreme court altogether or do you see any scenario where the texas law could be overturned even by this very conservative court. I see very little opportunities to have that happen. So what do you do well. When we wrote the book our biggest advice was to not rely upon the courts. The federal courts in particular are not our friends and we need to turn instead to the legislative process to restore the rights. That will be taken away. Probably in the mississippi case that will be heard sometime this fall. You say abortion rights supporters need to turn to the legislative process but abortion rights supporters have lost ground in state legislatures which is what led to laws like the one in texas and the one in mississippi. It seems like if that's your strategy things are going in the opposite direction of where you would like to see them go exactly. The antiabortion movement had a forty year strategy. We need to have a long-term one as well. So if you're saying that the supreme court and federal courts are not friendly to abortion rights and many state. Legislatures are not friendly to abortion. Rights is the only strategy here a forty year one. Is there anything more. Immediate to challenge these Very restrictive laws. There's absolutely shorter term strategies. In the what i call the purple states. We've got to work to make them blue. The first thing you got to do is to make the governor blue and then work of changing the composition of the legislature and do the hard work of winning elections because that's what our foes have done and they are now reaping the benefits of that. Catherine colbert co founder of the center for reproductive rights. It's consider this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson with w amu. Yesterday the virginia supreme court ruled that the state can take down the statue of confederate general robert e lee from monument avenue in richmond where it has stood for over a century. Wmu kayla hewitt has the details in the midst of nationwide protests against racial inequality governor ralph northern called for the removal of the statue last year in response. A group of virginia residents filed two separate lawsuits to try and block. Them's decision the department of general services which was directed by the governor to take down. The twelve hundred segment has begun organizing. Its removal however the process which will require special heavy equipment and road. Closures has not yet been scheduled earlier this summer. The governor's office did announce that the statues forty foot pedestal will stay in place as the future of monument. Avenue is reimagined. It's consider this from npr and w amu. If you want to legally buy marijuana in. Virginia medical dispensaries are your only option. But there's a product called delta aid and it has many of the same effects and it's flying off the shelves at local stores. Virginia public media. Ben pave your has more on the ongoing confusion surrounding its legal status. It looks like we it. Smells like weed in hanuman. Yaman says it feels like it too. I ate like a whole gummy. And i was like well. This just feels like the real thing. Yaman works at cadre gala enrichment where she says. Delta eight is a best seller. It's found in small amounts in cannabis plants but the stuff in stores is usually synthesized from cb or other compounds. Backers claimed delta eight products are legal under laws regulating and the federal government does not agree with that claim. Jen michelle pasadena's with the advocacy group. Virginia normal but any points to an existing federal law banning analog drugs that are similar to illegal substances but that law hasn't been enforced. Eighteen states have taken matters into their own hands but virginia has yet to act. But he says that means products here are totally unregulated they often contain contaminants and they don't actually contain the canal annoyed that they claim to richmond delegate dawn atom says she plans on introducing legislation restricting sales to adults if she's reelected the general assembly likely won't take up the issue until january over to rockville maryland where families returned to their rock creek would apartments yesterday morning to collect their personal items. One hundred and fifty residents were evacuated due to flooding after the remnants of hurricane ida moved through the area one person died. Wmu's dominique maria. Vanessa was there yesterday and has the latest in the story. Aaron wilkerson wears a gray sweat shirt and pants covered in mud. He stands with his girlfriend and three year old son on the sidewalk of the complex with plastic bags full belongings. They managed to salvage from their first four apartment. We just grabbed as much as we can. Floods reach the ceiling of their apartment. Early wednesday morning exhausted tired but There's something that we can't control so we just have to deal with the stay calm. He says for now they're going to be at hotel for the next few days but they're not sure where they're going to live for other residents like my son does than this. The flooding has been more stress on top of the pandemic at monday's loss. Her husband last year dacoven. He was sixty eight and she was hospitalized. Nobody'll who didn't have what she says. We've suffered through this past year. My heart is distressed. Montgomery county officials say the flooding is an early indicator of a pattern of increased flooding due to climate change. Thank you for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson.
Within Biden's Infrastructure Plan Lies An Agenda To Address Climate Change
"Stay with us for the news. Happening here in the dc metro region from the w. am. Newsroom that's right after the top story from npr. On consider this it's going to be green and it's going to be big. That's how democrats have said. They want to spend trillions on. The nation's infrastructure is not a plan that tinker around the edges and so once in a generation investment in america on wednesday afternoon president biden spoke about what his version of this like hooking up the idea of job creation and running defense against critics. Say it's a democratic wishlist of environmental policy not infrastructure to that biden says. Just look at those impacted by floods. Fires and hurricanes ask all those farmers small business owners and homeowners whether investing in clean energy to fight the effects of climate change is part of infrastructure. We have to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. There's no doubt about that. Michael regan heads the environmental protection agency. Speaking to npr. On thursday morning he emphasized how the plan addresses the effects of climate change impacts to our wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater infrastructure to help reduce flooding most important for regan. The plan would also remove dangerous lead piping throughout the country that disproportionately impacts low income communities of color and to pay for all this biden wants to raise corporate taxes from twenty one percent to twenty eight percent which republicans such as senate minority leader. Mitch mcconnell have opposed. In fact mcconnell said last week that hill fight the proposal. Every step of the way biden says he welcomes. Debate will be open to good ideas and good faith negotiations. But here's what we won't be opened. We will not be open to doing nothi consider. This biden wants to sell his ambitious infrastructure. Plan as the best way to fight climate change but is it. That depends on who you ask from npr. I'm audie cornish. it's thursday april eighth. This message comes from. npr sponsor. Sada if you're in need of a new mattress consider this a mattress with two layers of coils like the classic provides extra comfort and is half the price of retail stores visit s aa tv dot com slash npr. An npr's pop culture. Happy hour. podcast we talk about movies. Music and more like the greek pottery throwdown is comforting binge-watch and a look back at some of chadwick boseman essential performances. All of that around twenty minutes every weekday. Listen now to the puck litter happy hour. Podcast from npr. It's consider this from npr. Before we talk about how biden's american jobs plan might curb the impacts of climate change. We should ask. Is it likely to get the support of lawmakers. Democrats have control of congress even though it's a razor thin majority so this legislation may only make it through a party line. Vote arve to tell you. I don't think it's the best way to go. That's democratic. Strategist bill press. Our infrastructure is is way way way overdue for being brought up to the twenty first century. Now press argues that because an update is so badly needed. It shouldn't be impossible for republicans and democrats to negotiate. What stays in or how its funded. What's lacking is the ability and the willingness of republicans to deal mitch. Mcconnell has said no no no provided no alternatives and sadly every republican. Senator has gone along with him. Yes people see that. Roads and bridges need to be repaired because they do but this bill includes far more funding for issues that aren't directly related to roads. Enbridge republican strategist alice. Stewart and quickly. We wanna point out. Biden's plan isn't a bill yet. The white house can propose initiatives but it's congress that rights legislation still stewarts point is echoed by many congressional republicans. They say funding for more electric cars for example. Well they think that doesn't belong in a proposal like this one but there's also one democrat in the senate who everyone is watching. Joe manchin will be the man of the hour when it comes to this going to vote because he stood up against the minimum wage increase in the last spending bill and that was taken out and if he goes against this this is dead in the water alec stewart and bill press spoke with robin young host of here and now which is a co production of npr and wbz two stewards point about mansion. The democratic senator from west virginia mansion has said he doesn't support biden's goal of a twenty eight percent corporate tax hike. But he did say he could go for twenty five percent which is still an increase. And likely the kind of negotiating. The white house anticipated on the other end of the democratic spectrum. Some progressives have complaints to the size of it is disappointing. It's not enough. That's new york representative alexandria ocasio. Cortez she says biden's plan is less than half of what progressives in congress have called for but she's glad to see many of their priorities reflected strengthening unions a focus on communities hit hardest by climate change in those policies. She sees a victory for the green new deal as much as people. I think some parts of the party tried to avoid sangre. New deal ultimately the framework. I think has been adopted. Npr's daniel lebron takes the from here. Ocasio cortez comments mirror the tension and how progressives view the white house's climate change agenda full of signs that the president is implementing the climate movements broad ideas but not always on the scale that they want i. Any precaut- is executive director of the sunrise movement. One of the main groups that pushed for the green new deal. She applauded a new deal. Inspired plan for green jobs that biden included in january executive order. I think the civilian climate core which is a measure to create jobs. Doing the work of averting climate catastrophe in putting people back to work was something that we didn't anticipate being priority for the administration right away however she thinks the ten billion dollars biden calls for spending on. It is far too little that fight over the scale and scope of what needs to happen in terms of employment in terms of the scale of investment and the urgency is going to be train of struggle as this plan gets debated and discussed in congress. The green new deal isn't a hard and fast policy proposal instead it's abroad decidedly liberal call to overhaul the economy while also benefiting the environment joe biden did not embrace it on the campaign trail but he did call it a quote crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges. We face and ocasio cortez thinks that plan helped. Open the door to democrats embracing bigger government. Investments in fighting climate change pre. Roll out a lot of the conversation around. Climate policy was very scientific. And also very capitalist. It was very like let's nudge. The market tax incentives. Things like that which is not to say all of those things are bad but the idea that the market is going to fix a problem that is created by the market. You know in my view. It's not correct. It's also true that forces well beyond climate activism in the green new deal may have given biden more room to act says. Paul bledsoe climate advisor to president. Bill clinton i think a americans during the pandemic have come to appreciate the role of government in emergencies and are increasingly view in climate. Change as our next biggest emergency. But that doesn't mean passing biden's plan will be easy and ocasio. Cortez knows it. There's a very politically harry task of trying to figure out how we're going to legislate with a fifty fifty senate and senate party. It's not progressive those slim margins on capitol hill mean bringing moderates along which may mean compromising on a bill that some progressives already think is too small Npr political reporter. Daniel kurt slaven too much or too modest. The fact remains trying to combat. Climate change through infrastructure is an enormous undertaking. We have to do so much so quickly. We have to change our electricity system. Our cars our buildings everything that runs on power needs to run on clean power. That's dr leah stokes. She's a professor in the department of political science at the university of california santa barbara and she researches energy policy stoke says the to do list can feel all ming but the flip side of that is that it means. There's a lot of work to do. There's a lot of jobs that can be created. I spoke with stokes about how biden's plan tackles climate change and how it compares to the green new deal. Well the green new deal is a framework resolution. It's not really very detailed. This is a very detailed. you know. Twenty five page document and the green new deal is more of a framework about. Let's take on climate change and let's take on the inequality crisis at the same time. And in that way i would say you know. The american jobs plan is also very focused on taking on climate change in and inequality. Is there anything more specific than just the whole thing can help the climate are there. Any policies that specifically will have impacts based on what we know in terms of research when it comes to rebuilding our infrastructure. That's fundamentally about addressing climate change whether that's reducing our emissions to stop the catastrophic effects of climate change or hardening or infrastructure so that when hurricanes and heat waves and flooding all these climate impacts continue to hit the united states we have more resilient infrastructure a clean. Electricity standard is a core part of the plan and a clean. Electricity standard has the potential to clean up our entire electricity system. Which is the second biggest source of emissions when we clean up our electricity system which president biden has said. He will try to do by twenty thirty five. We can use that clean electric to power our homes through building electric which is also supported by the plan and our cars through electric vehicles which is another core part of the plan. And there's also a focus on cleaning up the industrial sector and when we add up the emissions from electric transportation buildings and the industrial sector. We can actually get to between seventy to eighty percent of total. us greenhouse gas emissions. Do you see a particular policy as being controversial. Like what will you be looking for in the debate. I don't know if there will be something. That's controversial i. Think that the mo most focus that people have been talking about is the size of spending some folks on the right many republican politicians. They want there to be no spending on this issue and then many others including young people who are very concerned about the crisis that's being left to their generation. They want even more spending. They wanna bolder vision here and i think. That's really the the locus of the debate at this point. We're this package. Do you see the need for more action. Well i think like many other advocates. I think spending is really important that if we want to. For example retrofit all the homes in america getting rid of dirty fossil gas from homes which is actually quite dangerous to people's health and well-being. You know we need a bigger plan when it comes to retrofits Right now. I think the plan is trying to retrofit something like two million homes. That might be the number. And when i talked to advocates they say we need to be retrofitting. Two million homes every six months to really be on track with our climate goals and the same thing about electric vehicles you know. Electric vehicles are really a great option for people. And once you buy one they're much cheaper to operate But in order to get people to buy them in the first place we need a lot of federal support to make them as cheap as a gas powered car. and so. that's where i think. We need to be moving as fast as possible to really turning over infrastructure quickly to address our carbon emissions dr lee stokes professor in the department of political science at the university of california. Santa barbara. You're listening to consider this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson from w. a. m. u. virginia's democratic controlled. General assembly passed a bill legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. Yesterday the new law takes effect this coming july first rather than january. First twenty twenty four as originally approved by the legislature. The shift in line came after governor. Ralph northern argued. It was wrong to continue penalizing people for possessing. That would soon be legal. Lieutenant governor justin fairfax cast the tiebreaking. Vote no republicans supported. The measure is twenty. Nine twenty is twenty noes. twenty chair. Votes governor's recommendations are agreed to its consider this from npr and wmu support for consider this from w. amu comes from the attorneys and lobbyists thompson coburn llp providing practical and value driven council to companies public entities that are navigating legal regulatory and legislative challenges. More thompson coburn. Dot com e. way for more than twenty nine years e y and its affiliated companies have been developing new modern homes that offer life within walking distance more at e. y. dot com slash w. Amu also in virginia governor north officially endorsed his predecessor terry mcauliffe in the states democratic gubernatorial race today the endorsement solidifies mccall of strong positioning in the crowded race. It also adds another name to a long list of endorsements. The former governor has successfully courted mcauliffe. Served as governor from twenty fourteen to twenty eight ten Over the past year the dc youth orchestra has been practicing together over zoom. That all changed when the group recently met in person for the first time. Since last march and wmu's jenny beth right was there at the fields at rfk. People are out barbecuing enjoying the nice weather. And under pavilion by the soccer fields. A group of young people ranging in age from ten to eighteen set at their instruments. They haven't seen each other in person in fifty four weeks. Rashida coleman the assistant program director of youth orchestra says. These kids are clearly ready for this. I mean they weren't supposed to be heard to maybe like you'd never forty five and of course typical arcadia. They're like our before each year old. Neyla harris is setting up her sheet music and warming up with her cello and she says this moment has broader meaning for her after a long year of rehearsals video through this global just down. It's us being able to find a way to play together. And i'm really evan. Ross solomon yardstick director and one of the principal conductors says. There's one moment he's most excited about. I think just hear the first a when the orchestra tunes is gonna be like tennessee. Only this is monday moment. It's how it works. Restraint every rehearsal but the players have been practicing with each other only on new. They haven't played together. Live in the same space so raw. Solomon knew this would feel bad honestly. It's emotional that's kennedy whitley. He joined the dc orchestra in highschool and has basically been involved ever since he's now one of the principal conductors. We could not hear anything for the last year. When i'm when i'm practicing conducting on zoom they can see me. I can see them but it silence whitley says even after a year of zoom rehearsal. They sound pretty good. This is already showing me how much they've grown. How much how. Much independence they developed. Because i know that they've been working on it. They recorded it but still to have rehearsal line with just twenty twenty three students sending like this that that tells me that everybody has really been working hard. Thanks for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson.
Q & A: Expert Advice On Love, Dating, And Pandemic Relationships
"As far as dr. Richard slashers those there are two types of people in the world. We really find that. There are two groups relationship haves and have nots And that's really delineated by how their relationships were doing going into the pandemic slatter teaches in the department of psychology at the university of georgia for about a year. He's been running a research project with collaborators around the world called love in the time of cova. He's found that people who started the pandemic with a romantic partner are probably headed in the same direction. They were a year ago. So those couples who were really by large satisfied with their relationships we actually see them becoming more satisfied over the pandemic because they're able to spend a lot more time together whereas not surprisingly if your relationship was not great before. The pandemic odds are has not improved. There's nothing so lonely as being stuck for months with someone that you don't feel very connected to so that's one group there you have the other group people who went into the pandemic without a romantic partner getting their other social needs met primarily through existing close friends or family members. People are really digging into their existing other kinds of close relationships more than trying to start new romantic relationships. The common thread here is that for so many people the pandemic has amplified whatever was already going on in their personal life and that's been harder on some than others all that they are all the sexologist. I know who do. Relationships have been booked and busy sent last march. Consider this love in the time of corona virus. It's complicated so we have advice and answers to your questions from npr. I'm audie cornish. It's friday february twelfth decades before the civil rights movement of the nineteen fifties and sixties. Marcus garvey attracted millions of followers with a message of black self sufficiency and black nationalism. In africa for our black history month's series the seismic influence complicated legacy of marcus. Garvey listen now to the through line podcasts from npr. It's considered from npr. Now before we get to your questions about relationships and the pandemic a couple more interesting things. Dr richard slanderous seen early on in the pandemic uday remember a lot of anecdotal reports about divorce rates. Going up because more people were stuck inside together. We're just not seeing that. In fact we're seeing the divorce rate going down this year there could be a few things going on. Some people have had more time to spend on relationships even for couples and families that been under added financial strain which is like the biggest stressor on relationships by march even the non pandemic times and in fact that financial strain could even be a barrier to splitting up. The research suggests that financial commitment is a very important commitment that keeps people together when they're not great relationships but among people who have been unable to maintain social connections especially those in close relationships slasher has been surprised to see so many people not only doing well but getting better over time. You see loneliness going down. You see happiness. Serb slowing inching up throughout the pandemic. And maybe it could be. There are a lot of things that could explain that we have more information now. I think we have a better sense even though you know of course the vaccine isn't coming out as as quickly as we hoped and are these other variants that are making people anxious but but my march were heading in the right direction here in the united states. Let's be real. It's not that interesting to hear about someone's healthy functional relationship so we asked you our listeners to tell us about what questions you need answered when it comes to your pandemic love life and just a heads up. A few of these questions do involve sex now to help us answer them. I've got two guests. He right now. Dr lex brown james. She's in marriage and family therapist and sexologist based in saint. Louis thank you for being here. Thank you for having me and a friend. Npr colleague of mine. You might know him from his news in pop culture show in a minute where they've also been discussing love during the pandemic sam sanders. Hey sam hi. it's good to be here. Although i'm still scratching my head saying why me for romance and love question friends. You probably already kind of know this. My love life is like the end of a michael bay movie modest destruction and ultimately unfulfilling. I mean you have tweeted about your commitment issues. So i thought this you a good person be on the program. Can this whole episode food. Well now that sam has established his credentials. Dr lex brown james. Can i just ask you briefly. Have you been getting a lot of romantic questions issues. coming up in your therapy. Audie we all that their best all the sexologist. I know who do. Relationships have been booked and busy since last. March lovers are rededicating to the relationships. I've had people say. I want to stop cheating on my partner. Can you help me do that. Had that's that's nice. I well my first question was are you quarantine with them. And it's i. They've played the time we need to have sessions in your car and then there are folks were like. I don't know if i want this and we might need to do a stop on the therapy trained to see if we need to get off this red well then with that in mind you the first question. This is actually From jack genteel. He's only twenty one from illinois And he says that dating has understandably been unusual but he's trying. He recently joined tender. Which i don't know how he's joining one and only now joining tender but he went on his first date since quarantine started. Here's how he's feeling about it. Everyone has spent last year trying to get more comfortable being alone or being by themselves. Though now that the vaccine is starting to come out. How do you start to feel comfortable being with other people. Dr lex brown james. I wanna start with you because in a way. This is a hopeful question right. it's about looking ahead I would say for jack and for everybody. Learning to be by yourself was actually integral and him to hold onto that and for them to hold onto. That means that when they start to date. They're not gonna lose themselves in somebody else's ish whatever their emotional issues whatever. Their baggage is like well. I don't really like this. I can be by myself and be okay. That is an integral tool to have when starting to seek out relationship now to start to build relationship. I want him to not like scuba dive. Soul deep into risk-taking a vulnerability. I want them to dip their toe into vulnerability share a little bit. That feels a little bit risky. And that's going to give you a gauge of how you can start to learn to trust this person so very small risk. Taking is a key to start building up. Trust sam you. This question of of how one starts to feel comfortable being with other people. Yeah well i gotta say as someone who has been living with just my dog and working remotely at home for several months. Now i've seen myself change and like we can't expect it all to just be like it was dating in the before times or living in the before times and how to make peace with that and forgive myself in being different myself all right now i wanna move to a question from rachel krueg. She got engaged last fall and to her surprise the pandemic actually brought her closer to her fiance. The aren't sick of seeing each other but there is some monotony so my question is after a year of shutdown. Anna living in sweatpants. How do we keep our ship fun. Special and fresh when we see each other every day in kind of our our laziest selves. I love getting this question at the start of their marriage. I don't have the heart to tell her that. This question is relevant in the pandemic. Not dr lex brad. Jacobs you've been seeing couples. What are you telling them. So one thing and some people hate me for this mama. Go ahead and say because i tell everybody to do that. i take sex off the table so we purposely withhold like being sexy for awhile so we can build up arousal and also we plan things in our household so let's plan to get dressed up in whenever we wanna plan to get dressed up. Let's plan to do something funny every day. So we were laughing together retouching and remember like you're seeing each other hang out. You're being your friends. You wouldn't judge your best friend for coming over with no makeup and slept pants and like holy draws so. Why are we teaching our lovers too. It's like well. Yep i've seen you and you can still be really sexy in these pants because you're just comfortable and you're you all right sam sanders. Do you have any thoughts on this. I i have no real parallel to this. But i think about like my dog. I have been walking my dog more than ever in this year of pandemic and about a month or two in i was like i can't keep walking this dog on the same path and so i just began to research different walks for the dog and has been better for her and better for me and i don't know if there's any kind of love parallel here but mike. Maybe what some of these couples have to do is research some new paths to walk to mix it up. I admire you trying to jump in on this one. that's okay. I support it. Yeah we support the energy. You're bringing to this okay. All right so staying with the theme of keeping a relationship exciting. Our next question comes from someone in long distance relationship. Clark is from new york. He s that we use his first name only because his question has to do with sex all right so he lives a few hours away from his girlfriend. He has just started dating her and they're only able to see each other once a month. So here's the question. How do you navigate at as much physical relationship as you can over zoom. What are some resources. What are some things to try what. What's out there to kind of spark that when it is a month between each time we see each other so yeah there are a couple of ways we can do. That's right yes. It can get monotonous resume and weaken spice things up. If you have the affordability to do it there are long distance sex toys that you can use. That will send a vibration there of this news. You can use that. They connect to an app. So you can send a. Hey how you doin' boo to your lover and that's a lot of fun and don't forget like what it's like to send fantasies right a sexy story. Tell them about the greatest time that you had with them or things that you wish that you could do with them and send that and then when you're together you have all of that arousal built up so what you wanna do and you can be just a regular couple and hang out like we've done all of the sexy things retired. Let's just eat pizza and watch netflix. And hang out speaking of which we got Quite a few questions about virtual dates how to make them less awkward more fun. I feel like we should end there. Because we're heading into valentine's day weekend and people won't be able to rely on some of the kind of typical ideas of just going to the nicest restaurant you can afford and that sort of thing could either of you jump in here with some creative ideas for virtual dates bam. I'll let you hurt. i mean it. Sounds like sam's gonna need some help for valentine's day weekend passing team here brought my questions for the good off line. So valentine's day is hard. I've even been thinking about this for my lover myself right. Do i order them. Something nice do. I put on something sexy in leith in retired over here. So what do we do look for things that you can do together like in a group so there might be like a zoom quiz o. Where you go and you answer random questions. It's try maybe send somebody a meal. Maybe you have the same meal together. Make you take a cooking class. But you can do things even though you're individually separated but you're still sharing and experience and working towards the goal. That's a fun way to start to revamp dating. Looks like now. i'm sam. I should've asked you this earlier. what have you learned in the last year about love in the time in cove it. I know you do a lot of interviews with people. You've been following the art scene deeply. How if you started to think about this time. Yeah you know. We had an episode on my show all about how to date in the time of corona. We've talked to mental health experts all throughout the pandemic about how to deal with life as well and the one universal theme. I've been hearing from all kinds of folks throughout this whole pandemic year is the only way to get through. This is to forgive yourself into be kind to yourself. All of this is new. We're doing the best we can Give yourself a hug and just push forward. I guess like that's my generic advice for everything right now but especially for for the love life. Thanks to sam sanders. it's been a minute. Check out his show at the link in our episode notes. And thanks to dr lex brown james. She's got some relationship tools and resources on her website. which will link to as well You're listening to consider this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson with w amu. The corona virus vaccine distribution efforts in our region have been mired in chaos and confusion since they began residents who are eligible for the vaccine found themselves scrambling to secure appointments and local officials have been pleading with the federal government to send more doses maryland governor. Larry hogan acknowledged the problem during a press conference. Yesterday fact is can't schedule an appointment for a vaccine that does not yet exist. The basic problem is pretty simple. We need more damn vaccines it's consider this from. Npr and w amu support for. Consider this from wmu comes from the attorneys and lobbyists thompson coburn llp providing practical value driven council to companies and public entities that are navigating legal regulatory and legislative challenges. More at thompson coburn dot com support for. Consider this from wmu. Amu comes from e. y. For more than twenty nine years away and its affiliated companies have been developing new modern homes that offer life within walking distance more at e. y. dot com slash w. Amu governor hogan joined dc mayor. Muriel bowser and virginia governor ralph northern in writing a letter asking the federal government to take on the responsibility of vaccinating the thousands of federal workers who live in the region a spokesperson for fema said that request is under review as jurisdictions. Continue to push the vaccine rollout problems around limited vaccine supplies remain. Wmu's margaret fell recently explained the current process to my colleague. Esther trauma kelly. The covid nineteen vaccine is hard to come by nowadays. Why is that so you can break that answer in to you. I think two parts. The most overarching issue is that there's this big mismatch between supply and demand of way. More people are eligible to get the shot then. There are doses coming in from the federal government each week although we have seen modest increases since the biden administration took office the second part is the infrastructure the online portals and the call centers that local health departments healthcare providers have set up so that people can sign up for appointments. Many of them are pretty complicated or cumbersome or just overwhelmed with demand. I'm hearing a lot from a lot of older adults. Who are spending hours trying to get them to work. You mentioned eligibility who can get vaccinated right now in the region. Generally speaking dc maryland and virginia are vaccinating. People who fall into the phase one b category of their individual state vaccine plans. That's generally speaking a mix of older adults in essential workers like people who work in healthcare teachers. But there's some variation between individual localities. So if you're curious it's worth checking with your local health department to figure out exactly who's eligible in your county. So if i'm where can. I get a vaccine rate. The big question is the best place to start again is with your local health. Department of in maryland and virginia residents can get their names and contact information on a waiting list and they'll be emailed or called when appointments open up. Dc has been releasing appointments on a weekly basis on thursday and friday mornings and then there are other places to some local health care providers including hospitals federally qualified health centers. Pharmacies are also disturbing doses to their patients and in some cases. That's a completely different sign up process and then in maryland and we expect elsewhere in the future of the state has also set up a handful of mass vaccination sites including one at the six flags location in prince george's county reporting has shown the pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Is the local vaccine. Rollout taking that into account right part of the problem is we don't even have complete data on the race of people who have been vaccinated for instance. Virginia doesn't have race data for a little less than half of the total doses. It's given out but the information we do have suggest that some racial disparities that we've seen throughout the pandemic are also plaguing the vaccine rollout. Unfortunately there are. Some efforts underway to fix this for instance. Dc is setting aside half of the health department's appointments every week for zip codes that are lagging behind in sign ups. Those zip codes have generally been in wards five seven eat areas that have the district's largest black and brown populations But it's also not yet clear. That strategy is really going far enough. That was wmu's margaret barthel and estrogen akili. Thanks for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson.
Live Performance, The Pandemic And The Domino Effect Of Dark Stages
"There's a famous music. Venue in minneapolis. It's called first avenue and it's been around since the seventies prince used to play there a lot. The company that owns the place also owns five other venues and clubs in the twin cities and in normal times they host more than a thousand live shows a year and for the last eleven months we have had to and that was a livestream seeing that like you can't believe it. It's shocking when when you say. I actually hadn't hadn't thought about it until you ask the question owner dana. Frank is in the same boat as so many performing arts venues around the country. They've been more or less hibernating for eleven months. We were at around five hundred employees before the shutdowns we furloughed ninety eight percent. I think we have you know. I a handful. Still working to rearrange the deckchairs on the titanic and dana. Frank is one of the lucky ones able to keep paying mortgage insurance and utilities by scraping by on grants and federal aid but the outlook for a return to normal. I don't think anyone knows for sure. And i think anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's right now of course the loss of life performance doesn't just mean little or no work for artists or a loss of connection and a time of isolation but i think we also have to think about this deeply from an economic standpoint. Jim ritts rents the paramount and state theaters in austin where in a normal year his venues draw two hundred and seventy five thousand people. I means we drive fifteen to twenty million dollars of economic impact for those bars for those restaurants for those hotels for those parking lots. We're the venus fly trap that brings people to these areas and all the ecosystems that are supported by our industry consider this theatres music halls nightclubs were among the first places to shut down almost a year ago and every indication is they are last in light for return to normal and their loss is being felt in more ways than one from npr. I'm audie cornish. It's friday february fifth. This message comes from npr sponsor. Byu radio with the podcast. Top of mind each week day journalist. Julia rose asked the experts. What you need to know so you can have the facts. Free from commentary or speculation. Top of mind is available. Wherever you get your podcasts this message comes from npr sponsor dispatch coffee sourcing roasting and delivering quality and traceable coffee at a fair price. Try they're flexible. Monthly subscription shipping is free to dispatch coffee dot ca slash. Consider to get fifty percent off your first order we are still in the middle of this pandemic and right now having science news you can trust from variance to vaccines is essential. Npr shortwave has your back about ten minutes every weekday. Listen and subscribe to shortwave the daily science podcast from npr. It's consider this from npr. Back at the start of the pandemic. Zoe keating sat down to crunch the numbers and last year. Two thousand nineteen Left concerts were half of my income. Keating's cellist she performs original compositions using computers and electronic looping to create work. That sounds like this gel. So composes for film tv and dance and she wasn't feeling too worried last spring. I don't know if i ever panicked until she had to cancel. Live dates in. May i did feel this sort of sense of dread and then in august and then the countries in october got cancelled and i was like wow and Those concerts were rescheduled for twenty. Twenty one. now those are all in question and if you had told me last march i wouldn't perform again for two years i would not have believed it. Keating is doing all right for the time being. She's got a gig. Composing live music for a tv show but she worries when things do finally opened up a lot of the places where she used to perform won't be there anymore. You know. i'm one of those artists that I play in mid size venues. Not huge and i am concerned that they're not going to be able to make the until twenty twenty two so keating and a lot of artists have tried to help with livestreamed performances doesn't bring in much money. It's more about performers and venues keeping communities connected to what they do but of course live streaming not the same as live. I did one concert where we had had my sound person. We had a video crew and there were six of us in this huge theater just to put on a full show and broadcast it and i think it went pretty well but i was left. I didn't have that feeling of like sharing something with an audience and then sharing themselves with me. It's magic and it's really. It's hard to recreate an a digital space. Some artists like keating easy. They have other stuff to fall back on but so many other people do not. We're not just talking about performers people don't realize how many behind the scenes hers anelle it takes to pull off you know a major show. Terry morgan is alive. Events producer in seattle truck drivers. The bus drivers caterers. The sound guys like guys in the electricity the cleanup people ushers ticket takers concessions. People i mean it goes on and on and on morgan says he's gotten by the pandemic focusing more on digital events and by slamming his staff down to just two people knock on wood. You know this next two years. We'll be able to recover more and get more people employed but you're not gonna be able to jump up and be plan. A three thousand seat venue any year. In the meantime the performing arts industry did get some hope. In december with the coronavirus relief package congress allocated fifteen billion dollars in grants for theatre and music venues funding. That had come to be known as the save our stages act but some venues that already qualified for money from last year's paycheck protection program may not be eligible certain noncommercial venues like community theaters. Which often don't pay performers might be left out and while the grant program is sorted nobody has gotten any of this federal relief just yet bottom line while some places will get enough help to stay afloat. That does not mean. They'll be out of the water anytime soon. So if some states are opening bars and gyms in restaurants why are they not allowing theaters to open. Dr anthony fauci was the keynote speaker last month. For an all virtual conference of a national group called the association of performing arts professionals an industry study shared by that group found that as of july twenty twenty more than half of the national performing arts workforce was out of work so foul cheese speaking at this conference was asked why in many states businesses and churches have been allowed to reopen some form while theaters have been kept closed or at highly limited capacity. The answer is that. I think with the performing arts need to do is to do a little bit. More of what the germans doing vouch. He seemed to be referring to the scientific study from germany. Which suggested live performance can be kept relatively low risk with adequate ventilation strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity but that was just one study fao. She suggested there should be more like it. But didn't offer any specifics. He also suggested theaters. Look into air filtering technology. These filters that they have in the plains which visit pretty clear that she couldn't offer any specific solutions. Just friendly advice. I bought a couple for my own house was like forty nine dollars on amazon. Dot com was not a big deal. I think if you get an industrial size one. It may cost several hundreds of dollars. You put a bunch of them in the theater. I think you could do a test vouchers. Lack of concrete solutions revealed a harsh reality for the performing arts industry almost a year into the pandemic. the government still has this long list of things to worry about vaccines variants hospital capacity figuring out how people can safely return to live venues. Not exactly near the top of the list. We know that a lot of us are trying to adapt a reason. Industry survey found that in two thousand twenty one nearly half of us. Venue operators plan to offer performances outdoors or at alternative sites. We also know that if and when more restrictions are limited. It's not going to happen all at once. Mask use social distancing unlimited capacity or all likely until at least the fall maybe longer but the way the gears of the performing arts economy fit together. They're not exactly designed to turn slowly. I spoke about why with two of the venue. Runners you heard from earlier. Jim ritz in austin and dana. Frank in minneapolis. You know one of the extra challenges that our industry has is that we are. You know hyper local. Small businesses mom and pop venues but we rely on a national network of touring artists and entire ecosystem. And so you know at first avenue. We rely about eighty percent on touring artists and they need twenty to twenty five dates in order to pay for their tour. And so you know just opening up. Minnesota doesn't really help us that much. We need one hundred percent of the country to be open up at one hundred percent capacity in order to get our industry back fully on its feet. Jim does this. Feel like a hiccup for the industry or does this feel like lasting change lasting damage. I'm giving you a lot of options. There i appreciate that I would say this feels like a a major coronary event. One of the problems. Of the band's touring in it's just following on with dana was saying is they need for there to be consistent regulations in each of the adjoining states if they're coming in doing a southwest tour they need oklahoma and arkansas in texas and new mexico and louisiana to have some semblance of the same kind of regulations because coming in and being able to play twenty five percent capacity in texas. But you know maybe it's fifty percent somewhere else. It's it's very hard for them to build in for us to build a business model. Yeah i think so much of it due to the unpredictability. I think everybody because of just the great expense that it costs to put up a tour is waiting for the vaccine and for the the rule out of one hundred percent capacity of one hundred percent of the country. When do you expect that you can be making bookings for full capacity crowds again. The billion dollar question. I'll go first You know. I think everybody is hoping for something outdoors this summer. Some partial capacity or some way to to make it work And were certainly praying for Back to full capacity as soon as As close to labor day as possible we're forecasting and looking at our bookings that are starting to to happen for us. Same thing sometime Just after labor day were we're hopeful we don't know where patrons Heads are going to be at that point in time which is why having the opportunity to get to work on. These kinds of protocols become really important. Because i think they will still remain in place even when we reopen so one more thing. Jim ritts told us about a moment in his paramount theatre. This back in october. That really drove home. The desperation so many people in the industry are feeling good man. He was standing in the balcony watching singer. Ruthie foster and her band do this. Blues rendition of ring. Fire by johnny cash. The performance was being live streamed safer few staff members. The theaters thirteen hundred seats were empty. Just such artistry in emotion being played to an empty house and i had to turn and walk out of the building because it just made me so essentially sad that this was this was happening and that there weren't thirteen hundred people whose lives are being changed by this extraordinary artist and i literally started to tear up going. We can't keep doing this. Thanks jim reds and the paramount theater in austin for sharing the audio of that performance with us. You're listening to consider this from npr. Thank you think. I'm audie cornish. And i'm rachel. Kersey us from w. a. m. u. and. I'm jonathan wilson virginia. Just like other parts of our region continues to report cases linked to other variants of covid nineteen. Virginia governor ralph northern at a news conference today. Unfortunately the private company lab core identified the first case of the south african varian right here in virginia. It's consider this from npr. And w amu support for consider this from wmu comes from the attorneys and lobbyists of thompson. Coburn lop advising businesses and public entities on changes in law regulation and policy helping clients innovate in a world defined by change thompson. Coburn dot com like other jurisdictions in our region. Virginia is working to figure out how to prioritize vulnerable groups in vaccine distribution but the evidence of covid nineteen variants associated with increased person to person. Transmission is quickening the need for more efficient distribution plans in maryland. Governor hogan is being accused of a more decentralized approach to vaccine distribution. And it's putting him at odds with democratic lawmakers but as wmu's dominique. Maria vanessa tells us the state is making new strides when it comes to vaccine efforts while the state awaits additional vaccines from the federal government. Governor larry hogan says he wants to increase inoculations from twenty five hundred to twenty five thousand a day. Prince george's county residents have already begun pre and registering for appointments once that list of pre registered residents is complete. Additional appointments will be made available for all eligible marylanders through february fifteenth. The state has already inoculated more than six hundred thousand people. Another four vaccinations sites across the state will be made available in the coming months more than one hundred providers including hospitals pharmacies in county. Health departments are also offering the vaccine for wam you. I'm dominique maria. se in as the region continues to tackle new virus cases at the same time that it's trying to improve the vaccine rollout. Virginia is also having a very busy legislative session. The commonwealth is poised to become the first state in the south to abolish the death penalty on friday. Wmu's alley. Schweitzer has more on the measures moving through the state legislature. This is the second year. Democrats have had control over. Virginia's general assembly and they're expected to deliver big wins for progressive priorities. This session one of them could be making virginia. The first southern state to abolish the death penalty both the senate and the house of approve legislation banning capital punishment governor off north has pledged to sign the final bill. Lawmakers also appear ready to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. That proposition was almost unimaginable just two years ago but democrats have flocked to the idea with the governor support. Democrats shot down other big progressive goals. A bill that would ban corporate money from political campaigns failed so did legislation to overturn the state's so-called right to work law that bill would have given more power to labor unions in the state and died session at the hands of democrats. Thanks for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson. Am rachel craziest.
Black Olympians Often Have 'The Weight Of The World' On Their Shoulders
"And stay with us after that for look at. What's happening here in the dc metro region from the w. You newsroom simone. Biles is the most decorated gymnasts in the world at twenty four years old. She has won thirty six medals. Twenty seven of those are gold but something was different for byles at this year's tokyo games two and a half and i ended up doing the line and a half. The advance of moviles. Talking about is called an amfar. It involves a back handspring with two and a half twists in the air before landing for most gymnasts. That would be super complicated. Byles has done it many times before perfectly but on tuesday at a little bit lock in the air at a press conference to explain what happened from the day's event shows biles consulting with us team. Doctor marcy foshan before walking off the field of play a little later she returned and made a decision that caught the world off guard. I was like. I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me and there were took off her gear and hugged. Her teammates. Usually don't hear me taping like that. Because i'll usually persevere and push through things but not to call the team a medal. So athletes often withdraw from competition over physical injuries like strains and fractures but at the press conference simone. Biles was candid that this was something different. Like shaking could barely nab. I've never felt like this going into a competition before. And i tried to go out here and have fun in warm up in the back when a little bit better but then once i came out here i was like no mental not there so on wednesday byles also withdrew from the individual. All around gymnastics competition. She could still compete in next week's individual event competitions sometimes to even sit out the big crunch titians to focus on yourself because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are rather than just battle through it consider. This athletes have always been under intense pressure and for black athletes. The unique scrutiny experience and make that pressure feel like what. Simone biles called weight of the world from npr. I'm ari shapiro. it's thursday july twenty ninth. npr's planet money. Summer school is back. This season is all about investing. We've got stories of big bets. Bubble spotting and cute animals to every wednesday to labor day from npr's planet money. It's considered this from npr in the last few years. Olympians have spoken more openly about mental health as a hurdle they have to overcome a raven. Saunders opened up about struggling with depression after returning from rio in two thousand sixteen. Sprinter noah lyles tweeted about making the decision to start taking antidepressant medication in two thousand twenty and of course tennis player. Naomi osaka withdrew from the french open and wimbledon. This year saying she wanted to focus on her mental health. Mental health in a weak performance. Context is actually oftentimes about managing the ability to function in an elite performance. Setting recognizing that it's inherently unhealthy. That's mark how yagi he is co director of sport and performance psychology at the university of denver. He told. Npr's also chang. The different sports require different kinds of psychological. Training take gymnastics. It's an endurance event. She'll see a lot more training of what we call preparatory anticipatory which is where you visualize or train with yourself. In adverse circumstances you're behind in the race and you prepare by responding. Exactly how you'd like to respond to that set of adverse stances and i'll yagi says athletes get older and the prefrontal cortex fully. Develops they better understand the dangers of their sport. What's important about that is one of the major roles. Prefrontal cortex is to model future and understand what consequences are actions. Now we'll have in the future and so you know we've heard about some of miles for example talk about how the skills that. She performs her stereo now than they used to be. Part of that is now at age. Twenty four she has a better understanding development of her pre frontal cortex. She has a better understanding of what the consequences are of for example crashing on skill for black athletes. There's another layer of psychological pressure over nearly a century. The institution of the olympics has been shaped by a history of racism just took a track and field athlete. Jesse owens who competed in the games in nazi germany in nineteen thirty six and smashed expectations for black athletes by winning four gold medals or when athletes john carlos and tommy smith raised their fists on the podium in a black power salute after winning gold and silver medals at the nineteen sixty eight games in mexico. Avery brundage was then leader of america's olympic association and president of the international olympic committee. He had carlos and smith removed from the olympic village and then suspended from the. Us olympic team smith and carlos were told to leave the olympic village and mexico within forty eight hours. Were both stunned that the decision but retain their composure. The sociologist harry edwards. I wrote about these issues. More than fifty years ago in his nineteen sixty eight book. The revolt of the black athlete. There was never any intention of blacks being involved in the games. One thousand nine hundred four a racial olympics and saint louis where they brought in african tribesmen and put them on a track alongside trained white athletes to demonstrate black inferiority and why they should not be allowed to participate in the olympic games. He says when you combine the pressure to perform with the expectation that black people will just be silent and grateful to be included. It creates layers of pressure on black olympians that can be almost impossible to bear. They became the focus of not just athletic performance and excellence but also of all of the aspirations of black people in this country and as well as many of the fears of mainstream white society about black excellence That's a lot of weight On the shoulders of people who in many instances are just barely young adults and somehow they have to navigate that quite fear of lack performance black expectations of high black performance while at the same time focusing on their principal goal which is athletic achievement. I spoke to edwards about how the struggles of black athletes at the olympics. Tie into the larger arc of the black experience in america. Well the reality. Is that all of these efforts. At protests and so forth involving athletes have always been framed up by the broader struggles in the society the double the effort victory over racism abroad and victory over racism at home which was carried into world. War two was framed up by abject segregation segregation framed. Up the struggles. Of jesse owens joe louis and jack johnson and paul robeson in that whole first wave of athlete activists the civil rights movement framed up the second wave of athlete activism with jackie robinson. And larry doby in baseball. And kenny washington and woody strode in football and of course the black power movement at the end of the civil rights movement framed up the actions of smith and carlos and author ash Who took it into national in terms of his concerns over south african apartheid and its role in perpetuating racism at international level. So there's a direct connection between perceived legitimacy of athlete activism and the extent to which they are interpreted through and embedded in the broader struggles for freedom and justice and equality in american society. That has always been the case you've written about how essential it is for black athletes specifically to have the right to protest at the olympics roof fifty. The olympic charter has been relaxed a bit this year but the ioc still says no kind of demonstration or political religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any olympic sites venues or other areas. Explain why you think it is so important for black athletes especially to be able to protest. Well first of all. Let me say that the i. o. C. is hypocritical in that the ioc allowed nazi salutes. On the podium. Behind jesse owens in nineteen thirty six. They most certainly tolerated south africa and southern rhodesia and the olympic movement up until we threaten the barkat with africa naser black african nations over their participation They have gone for a generations without a black person in their organization. All of that is political. I think that if you are going to how politics and the games then it has to be universal. And so i think they have a right to express themselves given the fact that the games have always been political says never say anything about the united states and the soviet union in the nineteen fifties and sixties counting metals and turning athletes into frontline troops in global titanic. Ideological struggle over. Who system is greatest. Ioc never said anything about that. They love curated in it because it brought money in it captured sponsors and attention so i think athletes have a right to speak out and to speak up especially if it's in a dignified fashion such as carlos and smith such as when perry And some of these other athletes who have spoken up so valiantly and so do you think the inconsistent way that israel has been implemented over the decades underscores. The idea perpetuates the idea that black athletes should be grateful just to be included. Oh absolutely the black athletes were never intended to be included in the olympic games. They cooper time porn. Afaq was a pro colonist. He instituted the modern olympics. In order to reinvigorate french youth to recapture empire of for france. and of course he was adamant and vociferous supporter of nazi germany. So much so that. He negotiated with hitler to make germany. The permanent home of the olympic games. And hitler was intended to do that by creating a four hundred thousand seat stadium and a massive educational museum complex which cooper. Tom was going to deposit all the historical papers and documents associated with the reestablishment of the modern olympics. There's a long history of the. I'll see not only tolerating but promoting a discrimination and disrespect for black athletes and we have not moved beyond that face. The i o. C. is a nineteenth century organization that manage to survive the twentieth century and has come into the twenty first century with many of those same perspectives biases and lack of understanding of the circumstances of diverse populations around the world. So we've seen this pattern for decades where countries like the us put black athletes on a pedestal in venues like the olympics and then those athletes are treated as second class citizens. When they come home. What do you think needs to happen for that to change. It really comes down to the same old issue. The notion that athletic performance somehow generates legitimacy even for black athletes. And sports is a myth. While jesse owens was was running being cheered in berlin behind his four gold medals. The german government were sterilizing. Afro german children who was born as a consequence of the french troops from colonial nations who were placed in germany in the wake of world war one and many of those troops stayed in germany. Married had children. Those shows were being sterilized in nazi germany during the olympic games. When a jesse owens was getting all this applause so it's not an issue of performing your way into legitimacy. It's not an issue of showing that you're a great athlete. Tennis player basketball player track and field athlete football player and so forth. Because that doesn't deal with the problem. All of these massive demonstrations over the years are cycled back again with the new and latest atrocity. Committed against black people are against brown people because those demonstrations are in support of those communities. They are demonstrations of empathy in terms of the pain. And the problem. I will be impressed when there are just as massive demonstrations just as an jetty just as determined and outspoken about the problems in the white community that create that pain that create those issues in communities of color so as long as we continue to organize massive demonstrations and protests and proposed legislation to deal with the pain rather than focusing on the source of that pain in terms of the problems of white supremacy white privilege until we deal with those problems. We're going to have this continual recycling of movements and demonstrations and so forth. We're going to continue to have these massive movements. Sociologist harry edwards. He's a professor emeritus at uc berkeley. It's consider this from npr. I'm ari shapiro. And i'm jonathan wilson with wmu. And i'm rachel. Courteous earlier this week. The cdc revised its guidelines advising people to mask indoors in places where the virus is circulating widely dc reached the cdc's threshold for what the agency terms substantial community transmission at a press conference on thursday dc mayor. Muriel bowser revised the district's mask requirements. Dc health has recommended that given the trends in cases that we see Then that we want to get ahead of it nip it in the bud as best we can and we know that mass can be very effective in in doing that So beginning this saturday at five am i will issue by mayor's order the director that people over the age of two Must wear a mask indoors. Regardless of their vaccination status statewide in. Virginia governor ralph northern is recommending. But not requiring that virginians wear a mask and public indoor settings where there's increased risk of kovic transmission alexandria. Which has also seen substantial transmission is also asking residents to mask indoors regardless of their vaccination status maryland suburbs prince george's and montgomery counties remain at moderate transmission rates as do arlington and fairfax counties in virginia. It's considered this from npr. And w amu as we do each week we look at. What's going on around the region in our arts feature. Get out there breaking news editor lori. Mccue and arts and culture reporter. Elliot williams joined me folks. There is a lot going on this summer. Venues are reopening events are back on at least for now including i hear some more outdoor theater than usual right elliott. That's right jonathan Lots of those productions out there are for kids about fifty minutes from dc and only maryland imagination stage is being on a production called paper dreams. It's a lively dance based piece about two friends who live inside a waste paper basket and get into all sorts of adventures. Very family friendly This show is free and runs weekend mornings from this saturday. Through august fifteenth another series of running through september tenth is called fairy tales in the sun by adventure theater and glen echo it features two one act plays by local playwrights lyra yang and michelle lynch both shows will be held outdoors and a large field right next to the theater so these are theaters. That are sort of expanding their offerings to the outdoors and we should mention that outdoor theatre might be something more folks are interested in this summer since as we know the pandemic certainly is not over yet that is certainly a good reminder to still stay. Vigilant okay laurie. What about outdoor music and other kinds of shows. Well one big annual event that i know a lot of families look forward to is opera in the outfield which is exactly what it sounds like the washington national opera every year they stream it production at nationals park and the event is totally free and this year they're doing rossini's cinderella which kids should enjoy. I hear that there's a bit of a twist on the original tale that we all know It will be an italian. It is an opera after all but it has english subtitles which is good news. This year show is on august. Twenty eighth for folks who are interested. Okay elliot what about some of the bigger venues out there. If you want to see some outdoor theater this summer i mean. Who's calendar. Should i keep an eye on is the biggest venue in the area. That's open for outdoor shows is of course wolf trap. National park is run by the national park service and i just learned. It's the only national park in the. Us specifically dedicated to the performing arts. The northern virginia venue is back open. And it's putting on opera ballet orchestra pop and rb performance in its lean center. It's this massive seven thousand seat amphitheater with a gorgeous backdrop of hiking trails in the woods and nature So it's kinda hard to avoid the performing arts when there's an awesome venue like that in the area opening up yet. I'm a northern virginia. Native wolf trap really is treasurer. Okay looking ahead more. Generally to the weekend. Laurie what you're gonna be doing. Well it is a day that ends in y which means that it's ice cream season for me and over at yards park in dc. A couple of really great ice cream spots are giving out free scoops this weekend. That's jenny's ice cream and ice cream. Jubilee that one is local to dc. All you have to do is take and post a photo of yourself with this big ice cream themed installation that the neighborhood is putting out over near those ice cream shops and the event is going on on saturday and sunday and you have to be one of the first one hundred people to post the photo each day which just means morning ice cream which sounds pretty great to me. All right elliot. How about you. I'm looking to get outside and stay outside. I'm headed out to the sandy spring museum in maryland every friday. The community focused museum hosts an outdoor beer and wine garden with live music tomorrow a folk and blues group. The bill bigger band will perform in my favorite local brewery. True respite will be providing the beer. Very cool all right elliot. Williams is our arts and culture reporter. Laurie mccue is our breaking news editor. You can find additional coverage of arts and culture on our website w. a. m. u. dot org and at s. dot com elliott and lori. Thank you thank you. Thanks folks thanks for joining us for consider this from npr. And w am you listen again next time and we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm rachel courteous. And jonathan wilson.
Biden Admin Sees Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill As A Win
"Stay with us for the news. Happening here in the dc metro region from the w. a. m. u. newsroom. That's right after the top story from npr. On consider this the senate could be voting as soon as this weekend on that massive infrastructure bill that you've been hearing a lot about it's two thousand seven hundred pages about one trillion dollars in spending for things like roads and bridges the power grid. I tell folks. I know that bipartisanship sounds outdated too many pundits. The deal on this bill came together. After months of negotiations led by a group of senators. The difficult work of crossing party lines collaborating compromising. That's what's expected at home in arizona. Arizona's kirstin cinema. A democrat helps. Steer the bipartisan effort. And she spoke with npr earlier. This week folks are openly debating the policies in our bill. We've been moving forward on amendments and so far we've been thrilled to receive the support of two thirds of the senate which has shown broad and bipartisan support. And the thing is the approach from moderate democrats like cinema and west. Virginia's joe mansion has been criticized by some of their more progressive colleagues. I want to be clear that the investments in the bipartisan. Bill are not all you know. Candy lan speaking to cnn new york congresswoman alexandria cossio. Cortez said that some parts of the bill really concern her like language about toll roads and leasing public infrastructure to private companies. Bipartisan doesn't always mean that it's in the interest of the public good it's easy to launch criticisms and political attacks as folks no. I don't do that. We ask your cinema whether she was concerned. At all that bipartisan concessions made for this infrastructure bill could risk democrats losing seats in congress. What i'm worried about is getting stuff done. I guess what i would say is the proof is in the pudding if you do the work and deliver results for the people that you represent. They'll continue to send you back to that job. Consider this a massive infrastructure bill full of compromises could soon pass in the senate will look at what was left out and why the biden administrations still frames. It as a clear win from npr. Meltsa chang. it's friday. August sixth arrowheads in the walls. I'm rom team louis. I'm staff and we're the host of through line. Npr's history podcasts and for our special series this month the best of through line if we carry on as we have been we might wind up with. Listen now to the through. Line podcasts from npr. It's considered this from npr. So two thousand seven hundred pages long nearly one trillion dollars in spending. What exactly is in this infrastructure. Bill that say the biggest investment is about one hundred and ten billion dollars for roads and bridges. There's also money for airports public transit. The power grid broadband and some limited environmental protection. That is npr. Congressional correspondent kelsey snell. She says that the core of this bill isn't all that surprising. It expands investments in what are mostly considered traditional types of infrastructure. Build on your the regular highway bill. That congress has been writing in passing for ages and this is the kind of stuff that has bipartisan support in the senate but what was left out where things like broader climate change provisions that a lot of progressives in the house want this bill also doesn't have paid leave free college or childcare elements that president biden had initially proposed so in the end. The bill is primarily an expansion of traditional infrastructure spending even so tucked inside. It are all kinds of items to garner more votes. There are really some niche things that kind of fall well outside of what we think of as infrastructure. There's a study of whether first responders should use bicycles when responding to disasters There's also money for research on wildlife vehicle collisions there are also regional programs that are clearly intended to satisfy some specific lawmakers. There's extra money for salmon recovery fund for states on the west coast build up salmon populations. Now that's places like washington and alaska to states represented by senators who negotiated this bill. Kelsey snell spoke with my colleague. Mary louise kelley does sound like. There's this pet projects and i always wonder. How does that work. How lawmakers justify putting in these super specifics in some cases self-serving elements into a big boy. This you know in many ways. This is just what happened really used to happen in a representative system like congress. Many lawmakers think they were elected by constituents to go to washington to advocate for funding and the protection of the needs of the community. They represent and a lot of what we're seeing here. Is you know lawmakers saying that. They're making good on that often. That means for pushing for studies or fundings for programs that benefit their constituents you know in normal legislative times congress spent most of their energy deciding how the federal government should invest money. And i should note that its investments in a vast country with really diverse. needs now. Now you're telling us. This is not necessarily nefarious pork. That that shows up there are bad actors out there and some pretty egregious giveaways on occasion. But this is just the way things typically work when they're writing a big bill like this so this is just kind of the work that congress has traditionally done that was npr congressional correspondent counties. Now now putting trade-offs and pet projects aside the biden administration is celebrating this bill as a huge win. You know. I think what we were aiming for to be in. This wheel is still in the bill. That's environmental protection agency administrator michael regan. They may not be at the scale of the president's original vision but we are trending in the right direction to make the historic investments that the president has intended. I spoke with regan and us secretary of transportation. Buddha judge live on twitter spaces on thursday. We talked about the infrastructure bill. And how it fits in with the administration's overall plans to combat climate change including a new executive order from biden to boost electric car sales. So that half of all new car sales would be electric by twenty thirty. Okay let me turn to you secretary. Buddha judge according to regan everything that you guys ever dreamed of his indus bill but just not as much as you wanted is that how you would characterize it or is there something. That's missing from this bill that you would have liked to seen. Had you guys been able to be as ambitious as president biden was going into this if you look across. The transportation categories obviously varies from one line to the next basically were coming in around two thirds of what the president who originally proposed which is why we continue to be on an order of magnitude. Here that is historic in many ways era defining. of course it's not the last or the only word on provisions that you're gonna make a big difference for our client. We're enthusiastic about what emerged here. Well let's turn now to these new announcements from the president We're talking about stricter fuel efficiency and emission standards for cars rolls back the previous administrations targets. Some of this is based on a deal that california made with some automakers to voluntarily adopt something like three point seven percent annual improvements in fuel economy and emission standards for the next few years. Let me ask you. Is that really enough to significantly slow down. Climate change all. I think what we're proposing. We'll be a more stringent approach based on south sides to reduce the emissions at the rate that we need to for vehicles twenty twenty three through twenty twenty six were building to an eight percent standard of improvement so it doesn't take long before the baskets convoluted because there's this framework that was driven by california. That's basically in effect for the immediate model years here. But we are upping the ambition in a big way. Okay well i want also talk about the electric vehicle goal here. We're talking about half of all new car. Sales being electric car sales by twenty thirty right now. Electric cars are generally more expensive. They're less available. How do you plan to persuade people to buy more expensive cars in just the next few years but first of all they've got to get less expensive and part of how you do. That is through economies of scale so by driving kinds of improvements that these standards encourage that leads to these vehicles becoming less and less expensive and i think eventually becoming clear financial winner. You add to that the fuel savings where depending on the vehicle depending on your driving patterns you're going to be capturing an economic benefit Another area of course is to make them less expensive. That's what the tax credits have done. Historically and that's an area for future policy it will also be up to the makers these cars to communicate why they are superior and get people to test drive them. Well it's not only going to take lots and lots of electric vehicles. We have to lower emissions across the grid to get any meaningful change on climate change. So there's been a lot of criticism particularly from environmental activists that this infrastructure bill. If i can pivot back to the bill that this bill is a little too much. Status quo meaning. It invests in existing infrastructure in fossil fuel industries for example. How fair of criticism is that. You think that this bill is more about maintaining the world as it is rather than moving into a truly new one. You know i would say that. We have to stay focused on the fact that these investments are historic. We have regulatory and statutory authority with an all of our agencies to pursue aggressive climate goals. We have the bipartisan infrastructure deal. The budget requested by the president for epa is over a twenty percent increase. Those resources will also be put towards climate mitigation as well as adaptation so these are historic investments When the president pledged to build back better. I would say that. He has not backed off his ambitious climate and air quality and environmental justice agenda. And we're excited to see his leadership in these areas. I want to wrap with one last question. A bit of a philosophical question. You know so. Much of environmentalism in the past decades was about stopping things from getting built right like making sure that construction didn't hurt the environment but now it feels like we're in this new era where dealing with climate change is actually about building new stuff. And i'm curious. Do you think the environmental activists community is making that shift you and going along with policies and proposals like the ones we've been talking about today to build more stuff like that and then turn it over to secretary of buddha jets but i believe what they're really looking for is a seat at the table. Historically the business community and others have always dominated the stakeholder process. So i believe that we can find efficiencies in the system. Green all people to the table so that we can build at invest in the infrastructure that the president is promoting secretary footage. last words. love this question. And i love this thought i i think the way forward is about adding and subtracting sometimes that means. We're moving things that caused harm like a highway. That was deliberately routed straight through a black neighborhood in a way that tore apart other times it means adding something new. The electric vehicles that were discussing. Today's a great example of that. That's about the right combination of yeses and knows that is empowering for people who've been left out the past and that is positioning america to truly lead the world in what it actually looks. Like to have sustainable. Climate covert economy was transportation secretary pete buddha judge and epa administrator. Michael regan. i spoke with them. Live on twitter. Spaces you can follow. Npr on twitter. If you'd like to listen in real time during future interviews like that one. You're listening to consider this from npr. I'm elsa chang and i'm jonathan wilson with wmu. And i'm rachel courteous. Montgomery and prince george's county is in maryland or joining the district in requiring residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces that's regardless of their vaccination status the montgomery county council voted on the change on thursday council president. Tom hucker said the delta variant forced the county to make the move. We we certainly didn't want to be your health. Officials determined that this variant is highly transmissible and requires action to reduce the spread montgomery counties indoor mask mandate takes effect saturday at midnight. The prince george's county indoor mask order goes into effect on sunday at five pm. It's consider this from npr. And w amu. Virginia governor ralph northern announced new cove nineteen vaccine requirements for state employees. Yesterday starting september first government workers will need to show proof of vaccination or submit a weakly negative corona virus test in virginia at a news conference northern address residents who may be hesitant to get a vaccine. The time for waiting is over. Millions of people around the world have been back it and we're fine now as we do each week. Let's look at what's going on around the region in our arts feature get out. There are breaking news editor lori. Mccue an arts and culture reporter. Elliot williams join me to discuss new museums to visit. So we talk about the region's museums a lot in this segment. I hear there are some new ones opening up so laurie. What's the deal. I'll start with one near dupont circle. There's a new chinese american museum. That's set to be opening up pretty soon and this weekend you can check out a little sneak peak. The museum is going to be open for first fridays. That's dupont's monthly tradition of opening the doors of galleries and museums for a little happy hour. As for the museum itself it's still in development And they say they are dedicated to the chinese american story. It's it's history and culture and the voice of that community so for example this weekend They're going to be showing off their exhibit called wild cranes and features a lot of poetry written in traditional chinese calligraphy. It sounds really neat for history lovers. You might wanna check out the josaia henson museum and park. That opened up in april in north bethesda. It spans over three acres and highlights the story of giuseppe hinson He was enslaved in montgomery county for much of his life and his autobiography inspired. Harriet beecher stowe's novel uncle. Toms cabin mira. Cool okay elliott. let's turn to you. What about other galleries or less traditional museum spaces that are opening up in dc. Is there anything out there there. Sure is. I've been talking to justin. Yahya johnson known to many as yadi who started long live gogo. That's the group behind the gogo truck and the motel concerts. That started two summers ago. And we're really popular last summer amid ongoing protests so on sunday yada and long live gogo. They're opening up the mode. Hello market on eighth street over on capitol hill and so i got a preview of that space a few weeks ago. It's going to be this sort of large gallery with art. From the motel protests on the walls. They put out a book not too long ago and they'll be selling that book along with shirts and other merchandise this opening weekend they will have a yet to be named gogo playing live in the back of the space. One more thing. Laurie what is this. I'm seeing about an immersive exhibit featuring the works of a certain famous dutch painter. Imagine being in this giant room with digital projections of some of vincent van goghs most popular works. It's meant to feel like you're inside of a a giant van gogh painting and the thing is this idea is pretty popular. There are a handful of companies that are traveling around the world and setting up. These immersive exhibits that are specifically about then goes work now to be clear and for. Everyone's you know googling purposes the one that's opening up in dc this weekend is called van gogh colin the immersive experience and they just announced that There exhibit is going to be add you bryant street development on rhode island avenue northeast. Show is supposed to be opened through january and From what i've seen tickets have been going really really fast officially registered my disappointed that you not use the official dutch pronunciation of van. Gogh there laurie. But we'll move on my apologies. Van looking at the weekend elliot. What are you getting up to. Well i've been watching last few days of the olympics. I'm hoping to head to the glenn stone museum out and potomac. They know the modern museum. There has extended hours until september fifth and guaranteed entry from five to seven. Pm every day there's also guaranteed entry for students active military as well as museum professionals. So definitely worth checking out if you've been in those groups very interesting okay. Elliot williams his art and culture reporter. Laurie mccue is our breaking news editor. You can find additional coverage of arts and culture on our website. Wmu dot org and of course at dc dot com elliott and lori. Thank you thanks. Thanks folks thank you for joining us for consider this from npr. And w amu. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm rachel courteous. And i'm jonathan wilson.
'A Code Red For Humanity:' Climate Change Is Getting Worse Faster Than We Thought
"Welcome to consider this from npr. W amu after the top story from npr. Stay with us for a look at what's happening here in the dc metro region from the w. Amu newsroom over the weekend. California's dixie wildfire became the second largest in the state's history. Charring almost half a million acres. Despite the efforts of thousands of firefighters california's wildfires have turned hundreds of homes to rubble and ash. That fire in northern california is why at one point over the weekend. The city with the worst air quality of any in the world was denver. Here's a live. Look outside of the incredibly smokey and hazy sky in the metro area. It's smells like a bonfire when you walk outside. Meanwhile in nebraska a group of friends rescued from a flooded elevator during the overwhelming flash floods. This weekend a few people had to be pulled from neck deep water in an elevator in downtown omaha were homes and businesses were flooded after torrential rain on saturday street completely unrecognisable of cars were floating down lanes and people were left stranded. Now on any given day you can find stories like this from all over the world and they're becoming more frequent that's one major takeaway from a new landmark report issued by the un. On monday it found human caused. Climate change is leading to more and more extreme weather events. And it's accelerating faster than we thought. Those are the things that people in the. Us are already observing in their own backyards. Wildfires in the west the flooding that we see in the midwest and the northeast the damage from hurricanes in the south alison. Crimmins is the director of the national climate assessment at the white house office of science and technology policy. She spoke to npr monday about the new u. n. report the overall messages. That know the climate change isn't something that's happening far away to someone else in some far off future time it's really happening here and now consider this. We knew climate change was happening. Now we have new information about how fast and each day. The consequences are becoming clear from. Npr. i'm audie cornish. it's monday august ninth. I'm peter segal host of npr's wait wait. Don't tell me that strange sound you heard on our last show was live people laughing applauding part of our next show with real life people on august. Twenty six at tanglewood joins us live and youtube can finally see what are real live. Legs look like legs. Remember those it's considered this from. Npr the secretary general of the un called this week's new report a code red for humanity the reports authors nearly two hundred leading climate scientists. Say the world is running out of time to prevent catastrophic global warming this century. One of the scientists is amanda maycock. We can now link more concretely. Many of the extreme events that we're observing around the world so extreme heat wave events extreme rainfall events to the warming that's occurred and to to human induced climate change maycock directs the climate institute at the university of leeds and was also one of the authors of the new report in that report is the work of the un's intergovernmental panel on climate change hugely influential group that defines scientific consensus and that paper. We're talking about today well. It's part of their first big report in eight years aggregated findings from fourteen thousand pages of scientific studies. Yeah that's really important. Statistic is that. We've assessed a huge body of literature. Heads come up with the findings presented in the report speaking to npr. On monday maycock outlined key takeaways. She said human influence on extreme weather events has increased in recent years. She said scientists have gotten better and more confident about linking specific weather events to climate change. And she said it now. Looks like the global temperature will increase by a crucial benchmark of one point five degrees celsius sooner than previously thought. Now what we shyness report published today is that in a number of different scenarios possible future emissions trajectories that we could take as a planet the one and a half degree celsius temperature target is likely to be reached or exceeded in the next twenty years. One point five degrees celsius is an important number. It's the target. Scientists say we need to stay under to avoid most catastrophic and long-term effects of climate change and those include massive flooding severe drought and runaway ocean warming that fuels tropical storms and drives mass die-offs of marine species. Maycock said even if we reach that one point five degree threshold. It's not impossible to turn things around but in order to do that would require a very rapid large hail reductions reaching this target of net zero emissions by around the middle of the century net zero emissions in the next thirty years while the world is not on pace to do that while the by the administration has promised to cut emissions and half this decade. It's unclear how they will achieve that goal and other major carbon amid irs china india. Well they're not on track to reduce their emissions this decade as the planet continues to warm more and more people and governments will be forced to confront whether extremes that they're not for this past week it happened in the mediterranean where thousands of people had to be evacuated from a greek island by boat after a wildfire cut off other means of escape and the footage looks downright apocalyptic. It's night stark. The boat is surrounded by eight coast of bright flaming forest on three sides. Italy lebanon and turkey are also dealing with wildfires amid a record heat wave and in some of turkey's coastal forests. People have been left to fight fires on their own duratuss karen reports from istanbul when engen by shoal and his neighbors saw smoke rising behind their village they rushed to the forest. Everybody understood that if they cannot stop it. It's going to connect with the big fire in mazar village. It was still small so but she started cutting down fresh olive branches to try and smother the fire instead. He says the flames exploded to the size of a large house. It got the size of the villa in ten seconds or fifteen seconds. You know what i mean. They used tractors to pull in the water tanks. That are usually used in their gardens after a half hour. Bushel and two hundred and fifty volunteers were able to save a trim. A small mountain town known for its traditional carpets but all around them are the blackened hillsides of the turkish riviera once a global tourist draw now a desolate landscape. Turkish social media is full of images of residents fighting fires on their own taking care of injured wildlife and sleeping in the open all against smoke filled sky in this video by photographer. Most office event volunteers in surgical masks try to stop a fire from overtaking a mountain road with a single hose over a week of high winds and temperatures above one hundred degrees fahrenheit. The fires quickly became the worst in turkey's recorded history in just ten days. They burned an area three times. The size of what typically burns in an average year and the damage keeps growing as climate change lengthens droughts and pushes temperatures even higher. These disasters are likely to become more. And more common sean the tres turkish president of time air to government has pledged assistance and rebuilding efforts for those affected by the fire. Some are now living in camps but the government's lack of preparedness. Despite fire's being common problem in the south has stoked anger explained them. Dr a turkish political expert at the german institute for international and security affairs like the disrespect of the current government towards its own citizens has become very apparent. Recent years air to one's government has cut funding from the agency in charge of firefighting planes. Leaving none to respond. When the fire broke out then odar says officials seemed not to know who was responsible for what leaving local governments to largely fend for themselves. In general it's an indication of the inability the government to govern the country. Erdo wants political opponents. Are seizing the moment. Kamal star lou. The leader of turkey's main opposition party accused the ruling party of incompetence legiti. Cystic portable visit. He says to you cannot run this country. He says karen reporting for npr from istanbul fires and floods are devastating catastrophes that make themselves felt all at once for many other people the real world effects of climate change or creeping into their lives and slower ways. It's like smoke under a door. Here's npr's jeff brady on what that's looked like in america this summer for graduate student a carry. Summer means traveling from maryland to the bahamas to see family for emancipation day. The holiday celebrates the end of slavery and includes music dancing and a parade steer. It's like pumping trumping like a heartbeat. The distance year. This gradual like brass swelling carey says this video from youtube is exactly as she remembers the parades. She says saving four and planning this trip. Each summer is a tradition. That's changing. I have to be a lot more aware about when i travel trip. Insurance plan b. plan c. of returning to the. Us can carry says. There's a lot more talk in the bahamas about rising water levels and what that will mean for the future in tampa florida. Sarah brogan says summer's are getting hotter going to the beach to cool off as a decades long tradition for her family. We've been to the beach once the summer. That's because of red tide. These algae blooms are increasing likely because of human pollution and warming temperatures. They produce toxins that kill sealife which is why brogan is staying away from the beach before you even get there. You can smell. The smell of the dead. Fish is very strong. Health officials say people with breathing problems like asthma should stay clear of red tide areas brogan. A registered nurse has. Her family doesn't have chronic breathing issues. But it's still uncomfortable or asked it would be like a tickle on the throw send you know you have clear your throat more or you cough a little bit. Brogan canceled plans to rent a pontoon boat. For father's day to go fishing. She still hopes to get to the beach before. Hurricane season gets intense on the west coast. valerie. Christians has a heatwave interrupted. Her plans to compete in summer. dog shows. Chris christianson who lives on bainbridge island in washington state has three dogs one of them is a border terrier named henry. Who's won some ribbons this summer. He doesn't like the heat. I don't know any barriers. That like the heat they start a wilkes when it comes to like seventy five and above. She cancelled plans to attend a june show in oregon because it was a record one hundred fourteen degrees now. She looks for shows in cooler locations and away from wildfire smoke. you know. obviously it's not good for the animal on. It's not it's not good for me either. Push you spend pretty much a whole weekend. Sometimes as many as four days outside climate fueled wildfires also mean more smoke in special places. Heather do co. and her husband celebrated their twentieth anniversary last month in montana's glacier national park where they also honeymoon when we got there it was very smokey and it was disappointing. We just you can't see the distant vistas that the park is known for do co. is an amateur photographer and the smoke made it difficult to see the awe inspiring views. She remembered everything that should have been green and white and and blue was very orange and brown duko says for future anniversaries. They may go sooner in the summer hoping to avoid the worst of fire season and she knows this is nothing. Compared to losses from fires and flooding. some people have experienced still how she and everyone else navigates. A warming world is changing and people are figuring out how to adapt. npr's jeff brady and some of what you heard in. This episode came from reporting by npr's rebecca. Hersher who's been covering the new u. n. report find more coverage in our episode notes. It's considered this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson with wmu. And i'm rachel courteous. Montgomery and prince george's county is in maryland or joining the district in requiring residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces that's regardless of their vaccination status the montgomery county council voted on the change on thursday council president. Tom hucker said the delta variant forced the county to make the move. We certainly didn't want to be your officials who determined that this variant is highly transmissible and requires action to reduce the spread montgomery counties indoor mask mandate takes effect saturday at midnight. The prince george's county. Indoor mass order goes into effect on sunday at five. pm it's considered this from npr. And w amu. Virginia governor ralph northern announced new cove in nineteen vaccine requirements for state employees. Yesterday starting september first government workers will need to show proof of vaccination or submit a weakly negative corona virus test in virginia at a news conference northern address residents who may be hesitant to get a vaccine. The time for waiting is over. Millions of people around the world have been vaccinated and we're fine now as we do each week. Let's look at what's going on around the region in our arts feature get out. There are breaking news editor lori. Mccue and arts and cultural reporter elliot williams join me to discuss new museums to visit so we talk about the region's museums a lot in this segment. I hear there are some new ones opening up so laurie. What's the deal. I'll start with one near dupont circle. There's a new chinese american museum. That's set to be opening up pretty soon and this weekend you can check out a little sneak peak. The museum is going to be open for first fridays. That's dupont's monthly tradition of opening the doors of galleries and museums for a little happy hour. As for the museum itself it's still in development And they say they are dedicated to the chinese american story. It's it's history and culture and the voice of that community so for example this weekend They're going to be showing off their exhibit. It's called wild cranes and features a lot of poetry written in traditional chinese calligraphy. It sounds really neat for history lovers. You might wanna check out the josaia henson museum and park. That opened up in april in north bethesda. It spans over three acres and highlights the story of giuseppe henson He was enslaved in montgomery county for much of his life and his autobiography inspired. Harriet beecher stowe's novel uncle. Toms cabin mira. Cool okay elliott. let's turn to you. What about other galleries or less traditional museum spaces that are opening up in dc. Is there anything out there. There sure is so. I've been talking to justin. Yahya johnson known to many as yadi who started long live gogo. That's the group behind the gogo truck and the mo- cello concerts. That started two summers ago. And we're really popular last summer amid ongoing protests so on sunday yati and long live gogo. They're opening up the mode. Hello market on eighth street over on capitol hill and so i got a preview of that space a few weeks ago. It's going to be this sort of large gallery with art. From the motel protests on the walls. They put out a book not too long ago and they'll be selling that book along with shirts and other merchandise this opening weekend they will have a yet to be named gogo band playing live in the back of the space. One more thing. Laurie what is this. I'm seeing about an immersive exhibit featuring the works of a certain famous dutch painter. Imagine being in this giant room with digital projections of some of vincent van goghs most popular works. It's meant to feel like you're inside of a giant van gogh painting and the thing is this idea is pretty popular. There are a handful of companies that are traveling around the world and setting up. These immersive exhibits that are specifically about then goes work now to be clear and for. Everyone's you know googling purposes the one that's opening up in dc this weekend is called van gogh colon the immersive experience And they just announced that There exhibit is going to be add you bryant street development on rhode island avenue northeast. The show is supposed to be opened through january and From what i've seen tickets have been going really really fast when we officially register my disappointment that you not use the official dutch pronunciation of van. Gogh there laurie. But we'll move on my apologies to look at the weekend. Elliot what are you getting up to. Well i've been watching the last few days of the olympics. I'm hoping to head to the glenn. Stone museum out and potomac. The you know the modern museum there has extended hours until september fifth and guaranteed entry from five to seven. Pm every day there's also guaranteed entry for students active military as well as museum professionals. So definitely worth checking out if you've been in those groups very interesting okay. Elliot williams his art and culture reporter. Laurie mchugh is our breaking news editor. You can find additional coverage of arts and culture on our website w. a. m. u. dot org and of course at c. Dot com elliott and. Lori thank you thanks. thanks folks. Thank you for joining us for. Consider this from npr. And w amu. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm rachel courteous. And i'm jonathan wilson.
Colorado Shooting Reveals Limits Of State Gun Control And Steels Activists For More
"Welcome to consider this from npr. And w amu. After the top story from npr. Stay with us for a look at what's happening here in the dc metro region from the w. amu newsroom. Late last month on a friday morning. Tom sullivan was doing something. He does a lot of friday mornings at work. Mr speaker. today is the four hundred forty eighth friday. Since my son alex was murdered in the aurora theater massacre that friday. He's talking about was july twentieth. Two thousand twelve sullivan's son's birthday went to the movies. A man walked into the theater with shock on tactical handgun and an assault rifle equipped with one hundred round drum magazine. And he killed tom. Sullivan son and eleven others. I'm here to remind you daily. What gun violence looks like whether you listen or not. I will continue to come to this. Microphone and tell you about its impact. After his son was killed. Sullivan made it his mission to fight for gun control in his state so in two thousand eighteen he successfully ran as a democrat for the colorado state house where he currently serves and to every other friday. That body is in session. He speaks about the tragedy that brought him there. But on this friday in late february another representative had something to say in response. We must understand that. Maybe there is a time when god needs the spirit of those children to do something in heaven republican richard whole tour a rancher and army veteran from the southeastern part of the state told sullivan. That whole turf learned a lesson about loss especially from his years of military service. Then i offer this to my fellow colleagues particularly the one that just spoke that you have to let go resentful tour. yes sir. let's just again make sure you just heard horror. Get cut off by the house speaker. After telling tom sullivan. You have to let go well. I mean it's not the first time i've heard it. It's not the last time i've heard it. That's ullivan people. Try to compare their loss with ours Unless you've actually. I mean now. There's there are ten families who i know exactly how they're feeling today and they know now how i feel and there is no. There is no getting over that. Consider this gun. Violence in america is sometimes treated like an unavoidable tragedy. Something many of us will have to endure grieve and lecco coming up. Why tom sullivan is not letting go. And what could have been done to prevent the latest mass shooting in his state from npr. I'm audie cornish. it's wednesday march. Twenty fourth. This message comes from. Npr sponsor three m supporting communities in the fight against covid nineteen since the outbreak. Three has responded with cash and product donations including surgical masks hand. Sanitizer respirators through local and global aid partners. In addition three implants. Plants are running around the clock producing more than ninety five million respirators per month in the us. Learn how three. I'm helping the world respond to covid. Nineteen go to three am dot com slash cove. It three m science applied to life. What does it take to really make amends. And how should we navigate our digital spaces. I'm a new summer odi each week on. Npr's ted radio hour. We go on a journey with ted speakers who help us answer some of life's biggest questions. Join us listen now. It's consider this from npr. The truth is there's no indication yet of any movement on federal gun control policy. That's despite calls from president biden this week for congress to act. We can ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in this country. Something like that would require a certain amount of republican support in the us senate which does not exist or it would require democrats to eliminate the senate filibuster and pass meaningful gun control without republican votes. Something that's so far. Do not seem prepared to do. And while there's pressure on biden tissue some kind of executive action on gun control. It's not clear what that would look like say that Putting in place common sense gun. Safety measures has been A passion of the president's since he was in the senate press secretary. Jen psaki on air force. One this week would not rule out executive action or the possibility of biden appointing a special official to oversee gun. Violence prevention something. A number of gun control advocates have called for we are certainly considering range of levers including working through legislation including executive actions to with all. That said we're going to focus more on state laws and that brings us back to colorado. Which actually has relatively strong gun control measures by us standards. Thank you to everyone for joining us today. April of two thousand. Nineteen colorado's governor. Jared police signed what's known as a red flag law This isn't just about keeping family safe. It's also about keeping law enforcement officers safe. That law allows a family member or law enforcement to petition. A court to temporarily confiscate. Someone's guns for up to a year. It's designed to keep people suffering from a mental health crisis from harming themselves or anyone else red flag. Laws are broadly popular with democrats and republicans colorado's controversial red flag gun. Law is now on the books. Meaning guns can be taken away from people who are determined to be dangerous for the time. Fox news emphasized concerns from some on the right. that colorado's red flag law infringed on the second amendment. The interviewed a local sheriff. Who said he thought. The law was ludicrous and to tional. They went after the people's rights in a manner that was really that i didn't think gave them due process because they said one thousand nine states and the district of columbia have red flag laws. In colorado's first year after its law was less than one hundred and fifty red flag. Petitions were filed and judges allowed for weapons to be seized in around sixty six of those cases that may sound like a small number but consider just one of them the case of a sixty one year old man in douglas county who reportedly made multiple calls to the police claiming there was a hitman in his bedroom. Also routinely were tactical labeled deputy sheriff while stopping citizens to ask according to the denver post quoted. Everything was okay. When local law enforcement one their red five petition they found he had at least fifty. Nine guns and fifty thousand rounds of ammunition didn't see. Was anyone having their mint in box. John wayne commemorative rifle taken away from them. Colorado's red flag law was sponsored by tom sullivan back. In february. he was speaking in the state house. About what it did and did not do. You didn't read about wild animals climbing through farmhouse windows and taking children from their bed and flag. Venezuela doesn't fly here in the chamber. These were sullivan's remarks. Just before fellow lawmaker told him to let go of his son's death history tells us that for every eleven petitions filed. We save one life that means here in colorado. Ten people were able to set with their families does previous because of the passage of this legislation. We have to say it's not clear whether colorado's red flag law would have prevented the man who killed ten people in boulter this week from getting a weapon don't yet know if there should've been red flag used or how it would have been used. It's really colorado governor jerry. Police spoke to npr tuesday with young members. Twenty one. I don't know we don't know the facts yet. Did the parents know something was up. Do they wanna take the guns. Do they pursue red flag. I mean these are all things that should be looked at Still even if the state's red flag law could not in use in this case a few other laws may have been relevant. One is an assault weapons ban the city of boulder past one a few years ago but earlier this month just days before the boulder shooting a state district court judge blocked it ruling that only states or the federal government could ban assault weapons. Colorado also has a law mandating universal background checks which can result in a firearm purchase being denied if the buyer has been arrested or convicted assault with the problem is. We're only about two hours from my owning parts of our state you know an hour from utah and it's relatively easy to avoid a background check if you just drive gun elsewhere. So here's the bottom line for tom. Sullivan full nine years. After his son was killed in the aurora shooting. He's still argues even after this week. Shooting in boulder that steady incremental state action does offer a path to progress on gun control. Here's our conversation. What is this like for you as someone who has advocated so strongly for gun control laws. You know we. We're working on gun. Violence prevention here in the state of colorado. And we've we've actually done you know some some great things in two thousand thirteen. We get background. Checks passed bhagat. High capacity magazines are limited. We did things pertaining to domestic violence. And we've been doing the work i mean. I have a a bill about reporting lost and stolen firearms us so we can continue to do the work Mean but quite obviously you know. There's more work to be done. I want to ask you about the pushback to that The city of boulder actually had a ban on assault style weapons. And just this month. That was blocked in court. I know that there was a political backlash where to democratic state senators lost their seats in recall elections after backing gun. Control measures. You face to recall push a couple of years ago. It seems like the backlash is significant. To these efforts. there was two thousand thirteen. Yeah we did have have the two senators who got recalled but we won those seats back when they came out and they said the was it was the colorado republican party who tried to have me recalled. It was out of fear of the voice of victims in this case. One hundred twenty days out of the year. I'm going to be standing in front of them. I wear my son's jacket. I go up every other friday and tell them you know how many fridays. It's been since alex and eleven others were murdered. Last friday was the four hundred and fifty second friday Since he was murdered and that scares them and it should because the vast majority of our society is in favor of this type of stuff you know. I have to ask because they're such a gun control activist movement in colorado And as you've said many laws fought for in the state legislature that is not stopping massacres from happening. What is your response to the gun. Rights advocates who say look. This can't be legislated away last year two thousand nine hundred nineteen was the first positive gun violence prevention bill that we've passed since two thousand thirteen. Okay so we're we're back on board with doing that type of stuff and you're right. Any legislation is not going to prevent all of this. But it's going to help. It's going to reduce that lost and stolen. It's going to be in an awareness proposition with their making people aware that you know what you can't leave your your loaded handgun in your on the front seat of your unlocked car. That's dangerous for the rest of society. That's what we're doing over and over after mass shootings whether it's Newtown parkland las vegas. We see this push by activists for new gun control measures at the national level. We see those efforts really go nowhere in congress. Do you feel any more. I guess optimistic about this particular moment. I think in this case. This is an administration that a lot of them have been through this sh- I i remember my whole family went. When president obama came to aurora after the theater massacre Joe biden Went to Newtown talked to those those parents. He's he went to parkland and i'm optimistic. That he will continue the conversation. And we've got a lot of new people There in the in the senate and You know in in congress who You know will help us with this. One of the things. I'm trying to figure out is because this is cyclical massacre outrage political fighting silence massacre for people who are watching this and and are feeling like they are struggling with understanding. Whether or not there's going to be change from your position. What would you tell them in all of these you. You fail to to notice that. It's one of these events causes someone to get activated. There wasn't a moms demand action group in the city of aurora. When my son was murdered it they didn't start one for another five years. It wasn't until after the parkland massacre that the the the imams demand group started in aurora. And it's just. They have meetings across the street from the movie theater. So each one of these events you're right. It does cyclical around. But it also activates people whichever one and i will take your activism on this issue when ever it. Is you want to join us. Be it something that that happened in your community some urban violence when you see domestic violence in in your community or with somebody that you know or be at a mass shooting like this. This is activating people to say enough is enough and i'm going to do something about tom. Sullivan thank you so much for sharing this with us and for your time. Thank you for having me. It's consider this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson from wmu. And i'm rachel. Courteous while dc lost hundreds of businesses during the pandemic added more than any other city in the country from september. Twenty nineteen to september twenty twenty wam us ally. Schweitzer is following that data issued in a new report from the dc policy center economist. Emc taylor is the dc policy center's executive director startups are just really strong. Didn't really not weakening many of dc's new startups offer professional and business services. There is also a smattering of new leisure and hospitality enterprises. It's consider this from npr. And w amu support for consider this from wmu comes from the attorneys and lobbyists thompson coburn llp advising businesses and public entities on changes in law regulation and policy helping clients innovate in a world defined by change thompson. Coburn dot com support for consider this from. Wmu comes from e. y. a. For more than twenty nine years e y and its affiliated companies have been developing new modern homes that offer life within walking distance more at e waie dot com slash w. amu in other regional news. The outer perimeter fencing around the capital is down and multiple streets have reopened. The smaller perimeter will stay up for the time being citizen groups that oppose the fencing have heralded the move but say there is more work to do and in maryland businessman. David blair will challenge incumbent democrat montgomery county executive mark. Elrick for his seat. It's going to be a rematch for the two of them over one. The seat narrowly in two thousand eighteen against blair who spent millions on his campaign and of course the region is continuing with vaccination rollout plans. Virginia governor ralph northern said tuesday that one in four virginia has been vaccinated anticipates tens of thousands more doses as vaccinations increase. The state is pulling back on restrictions on social gatherings officials and community organizations in our area are working to close the racial gap in vaccine access. One of those organizations is the arlington free clinic. Wmu's margaret marquel spoke with executive director. Nancy white about the clinics efforts to vaccinate the county's poorest residents. All of our patients are low income uninsured adults who live in early two county. All of our patients had really hard lives before the started. Plus most of them have chronic conditions health conditions or life threatening illnesses and so they were really suffering even before the pandemic started. We've seen high incidence of covid high incidence of death and also lots of job loss and financial crisis in this community. What are the barriers your patients face in getting access to the vaccine and the information about it language barriers literacy barriers transportation education and then also the new social determinant of health is digital and digital literacy. So it sounds like the overall system isn't really reaching the people that you serve. Why aren't the systems geared for the most marginalized. We'll it's sort of the way this country's worked for years. Is that those with off power. Make the decisions based on the communities said they are familiar with and others get left behind and that sort of you know a story. That's been going on for years. And i think that that you know if if anything has good has come from the pandemic. It's made us all aware of these disparities and the impact they have on on those who are in such need so i think that the the solutions are there. We just have to work harder to get to these people so that they can get vaccinated. We have waste to do that. Yes so let's talk a little bit about those solutions. What are you doing to reach patients with the vaccine. We're working really closely with arlington county and also with neighborhood health. Which is the community. Health center in arlington fairfax alexandria to make sure that we're making doses available and so we're starting now by doing vaccine clinics initially with our patients. Because we know that they're sick we know that they're eligible and we're learning to to have the more and more efficient vaccine clinics by bringing them in quickly very soon. We're going to be opening our doors to non arlington free clinic patients that we're working with the county for referral system for that. Thanks for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson. And i'm rachel kerr's
The Housing Market Is Wild Right Now And It's Making Inequality Worse
"Stay with us for the news. Happening here in the dc metro region from the w. am. Newsroom that's right after the top story from npr. on consider. This sean hawks offered and his wife have kid on the way so they've been looking for their first home in bozeman montana. Shaun's got a good job. His wife works as well. They found a house. They loved that they could afford for four hundred and twenty five thousand dollars all right. It feels like a huge step but will make the offered. We'll do it will commit to make any offer really wanted to place. So they offered ten thousand dollars more above asking but the owners said. Hey sorry we've got offers even higher. So sean and his wife dug deep they went from four thirty five to four hundred fifty a responded and said i'm sorry we've accepted someone else's offer. Apparently they were beaten by an all cash offer and then we did that seventeen more times. That's eighteen offers eighteen houses and we've been turned down all all eighteen. Sean told his story to. Npr's daily economics podcast the indicator. The team over there heard about him. Because sean it becomes something of a celebrity in bozeman you might have seen him around main street in bozeman with a cardboard sign. Local business owner begging people to sell him a home. Yeah after all those rejections. Sean started walking around town wearing a homemade sandwich. Board with a message written in black sharpie. Please sell me a home. There's days when it feels like we're never going to find a house. Consider this the housing market. Right now is wild will explain why and what all this has to do with a new reality show where couples choose a wedding or a mortgage. You've been together for eight years. You've got two kids. i'm sorry. cake has been cut. That's just money to build your wealth from npr. I'm audie cornish. It's tuesday april. Sixth support for this podcast and the following message. Come from track. Phone wireless giving you control over your wireless plan. There's no contract and unlimited talk and text smartphone. Plans start at just twenty dollars a month. All in america's largest and most dependable networks learn more at tracfone dot com support for this podcast and the following message come from integrative therapeutics for over thirty five years focused on manufacturing supplements with premium ingredients committed to helping people navigate their health journey. Integrative therapeutics because confidence is healthy. npr's pop culture. Happy hour podcast. We talk about movies music and more like a great pottery. Throwdown is comforting binge-watch and a look back at some of chadwick boseman essential performances. All of that in around twenty minutes every weekday. Listen now to the pop quitter. Happy hour podcast from npr. It's consider this from npr part of the problem with the housing market right now. Is that almost everything. Costs more garage doors or up. Eleven percent insulation is up twenty five percent. The lead time for windows has gone from three weeks to sixteen weeks. Will ruder runs the home. Builder's association of greater kansas city. The pandemic has both increased demand and limited supply for a lot of home building materials especially lumber in a lot of places. Lumber prices have doubled in the last year adding tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home and ruder says for every thousand dollar price increase. Nationwide were one hundred and fifty thousand. Potential buyers are being priced out of the market. So when we're talking about twenty to twenty five thousand dollar increases in lumber extrapolate that to the number of families that are going to find themselves on the outside looking in from a new home construction standpoint and we're just talking about new homes. There are not enough existing homes on the market to keep up with demand. What's known in real estate as low inventory and all of this means home. Prices are soaring not just in new york or the bay area in places like memphis tucson. Greensboro camden all. Those places have seen home. Prices rise nearly twenty percent during the pandemic as for. Who's buying these homes. Some of them are people who've saved up a lot in the last year. Some of them are investors. In fact according to one estimate in many places roughly one in five homes is bought by someone who will never live there. Meanwhile some people are buying homes right now because they're moving from bigger cities to smaller ones. You just got so many people who come from la to look at a house in tucson glenn kelman is the ceo of redfin online real estate brokerage and they're walking through it with a real estate agent and say what do places go for around here. Eight or nine hundred thousand dollars and the average price in tucson. It's more like three hundred thousand dollars. And the agents is pop out of her head so the folks who are leaving these coastal cities are totally blowing up. These tiny counts and they walk in with monopoly money and they get a house that's double the size. They ever matching they be living at and it just distorts the whole economy. It's pretty intense right now. Especially in areas with his been job growth in a lot of people want to move there and live. And that's chris arnold. He covers personal finance for npr. We spoke about why the housing market so wild right now. What about the pandemic about precipice of fictions help us understand what part of the economy we're looking at all. That is still true right there. There are nine and a half million people who can't pay their rent but there is a much larger part of the economy where people have been working and and a lot of been saving more than they ever have before. And there's a lot of people looking to buy houses and are just not enough homes for sale. That's also a huge part s and at some of that too is related to the pandemic people. Hunkering down cova. They're scared there may they. Maybe they would have sold. But it's too much this year. A big issue too is as a country. We just have not been building enough new homes by. I mean if we've got this surge in demand and high prices why when there'd be more home homes being built good question and so i. I talked to a guy who should know the answer. The chief economist for the national association of homebuilders robert dietz. And here's what he says. We have a deficit of probably about a million single family homes nationwide. It's a consequence due to the fact that coming in the years after the great recession we have under built. And i've i've sort of cited it to some underlying causes that we've called the the five ells location location more different totally different. I'll tell you the labor lots. That's land lending lumber and laws like zoning laws. Which do you want to hear. I can we talk about Labor i yes labor There's a good one. A lot of construction workers left the industry after the hasn't crash. So it's really hard to find. Workers to build houses. Land is expensive. That's an obstacle lending for the companies that build homes. They've been having some trouble getting loans. Lumber is interesting too. I mean the prices are through the roof the biggest thing though is really zoning laws and that's plagued us for a long time. There's just so many rules that get in the way of building homes. You mean nimby not in my backyard type thing or right exactly and did says If there's one thing that we could do to really improve the lives of americans looking to become homeowners. It's it's allow for zoning where where you can build smaller homes. That are closer together so people can afford them and you know four very boring words that have tremendous power in america are minimum lot size. Zoning means is if you require one acre of land to put one house on it's going to cost a million dollars you know. Let people build smaller stuff that people can afford. Npr's chris arnold. Buying a home is a big financial decision. It's also for better or worse. An emotional one case in point netflix. Reality show called marriage or mortgage a lot to talk about fisher either way. It's life changing for us. All right it works like this young couples with something like thirty five thousand dollars to spend have to choose between a dream wedding or a dream home. We've talked it over in so in this episode raven and antonio have two young kids and eight years together under their belt and spoiler alert. We have decided to go. Congratulations real talk. I'm obsessed and so is michelle single. Terry personal finance columnist for the washington post. You've been together for eight years. You've got two kids. I'm sorry to cake has been cut money to build your wealth now to michelle marriage or mortgage is built on a false premise. That a major financial decision like buying house is somehow equivalent to a party. Which is what it is party. Michele wrote about this show recently which to be fair was filmed pre pandemic. but it's still reveals a lot about the emotions of home-buying especially right now. It's not for everyone in more ways than one. I was intrigued by the show. However at the watching it was the decision making process at these couples. Were making. And i teach about this all the time i teach financial lucy my church and one of the things i tell people all the time as you cannot make sound financial decisions based on your emotions and this is what all those folks joint. Oh i dream of having a wedding. Since i was six six six You know. I gotta have this. And i gotta have that but i remember that couple of the they felt as though they were entitled to it. And and i don't mean that in a in a mean way but that they had been together for a long time and they had not gotten to have this moment. And this is where i guess. Behavioral economics comes in right the idea of like how the decision making process that isn't always financial. That's right in in. Its logic. And i wanna tell you i am not of the ilk that homeownership is an automatic guaranteed wealth builder. We saw in the great recession. How that is not always the case. But i what way goes off for me in the decision making process is looking at your finances term. This is what i tell people. If you have no debt and you'll save me towards your retirement if you've got kids you're saving for the college front you have an emergency fund and then you've got an thirty five thousand dollars you do everyone with their money. You only my advice but if you tick off all those boxes for me. That is reckless. It's financially reckless. But as you were watching the show did you think to yourself. What does this say about. People's attitudes towards. Yeah what conclusions did you come to about that. I do think that we do have a because none of the couples are younger They do sort of. Have this attitude. well you know. My parents parked all their money in the house and they felt like that was what they should do to follow that. I don't have a problem with that way of thinking because people don't realize how much of their income they're obligating to that mortgage that i know people want to jump on the low interest rates and i get that but you cannot jump into a house before you're ready for it will create all kinds of economic chaos in your life there other ways to build equity for yourself and well you know retirement savings not having debt so you saving the send your kids to college or you're paying off your debt. Those always to secure yourself financially. That's not tied to owning a home at the same time. There is wage stagnation right. That's a barrier to owning a home Are you seeing a market that is going to cause further long-term inequality. yes absolutely. I mean there was our betty. Our country of have been have nots. And if you're in a minority. Oh my gosh or low income. You're just shut out of so many things And so this this brace to buy houses at any cost makes it unaffordable for many families and since we know that wealth billy is tied to owning a home. That's shuts out a lot of people who are already having trouble making ends meet. michelle single. Terry is a personal finance columnist for the washington post linked to her column about marriage or mortgage in our episode notes. You also heard reporting in this episode on the cost of lumber in home. Construction from frank morris of member station. Casey you are in kansas city. Where home prices are up. Twelve percent since last year according to red fin and by the way since he first spoke to npr. Sean hawks in bozeman montana did find house someone in town saw his homemade sign and sold him one said they really wanted to sell to a local family. Thanks to our friends at the indicator for sean story. It's considered this from npr. I'm audie cornish. And i'm jonathan wilson from w. a. m. u. officials in the washington region expanding covid nineteen vaccine eligibility to more people in an effort to slow down the recent uptick in corona virus caseloads in their jurisdictions yesterday maryland. Governor larry hogan outlines an adjustment to his approach getting more people younger people vaccinated. Faster is certainly a goal and we want to make sure that people take it seriously. Some younger people sometimes felt that they were bulletproof or they didn't have to worry about it. but now you know we're we're seeing that they really do need to worry about it. It's consider this from npr and w. a. m. u. support for consider this from. Wmu comes from the attorneys and lobbyists of thompson coburn llp advising businesses and public entities on changes in law regulation and policy helping clients innovate in a world defined by change thompson. Coburn dot com support for consider this from. Wmu comes from e. y. A for more than twenty nine years e y and its affiliated companies have been developing new modern homes that offer life within walking distance more at iwo a dot com slash w. Amu also yesterday dc. Mayor muriel bowser moved up. The mass eligibility date in the district from may first to april nineteenth and virginia governor ralph northern recently said vaccine eligibility will be open to all adults in the commonwealth by april eighteenth. So far dc. Maryland and virginia have administered roughly five point five million shots which is good news but even though the end of the pandemic seems like it is nearing some public. Health officials are urging people to be cautiously optimistic. Wmu's margaret barthel and colleen grab spoke to my colleague s through trauma. Kelly about the details colleen. I know more things are reopening in the region this spring. What residents think of this are people changing their personal behavior For the most part the residents we spoke to are taking a cautiously optimistic approach to this summer. They're excited about the progress that we've made with vaccine rollouts but they don't want to risk it all by reopening too soon. Even a younger. I talked to said. He didn't plan on changing his current behaviors like only gathering with friends outdoors and avoiding indoor dining. Because he just doesn't wanna see mess. This up definitely definitely margaret would do public health officials say residents should know right now. Yeah you know. I think the main thing that they want to stress right now is how important basic public health measures like masking social. Distancing sill are even as people are getting vaccinated. i'd say generally speaking. They're pretty worried that that message though is getting tuned out by the general feeling that the pandemic is fading and localities are lifting restrictions which can also send some of that signal but as we know is colleen saying. It really isn't over yet. One doctor told me that she keeps reminding patients that at the end of the day. If you can avoid this disease you absolutely should. It can have really devastating consequences even for people who are generally pretty healthy but margaret. There are still things to look forward to right even in this uncertain moment. Absolutely there's a lot to celebrate with vaccinations and the kind of freedom that they're bringing back into people's lives for an example on this. I spoke to pat daniels. She's a senior citizens who lives in adams morgan. She's had a lot of worries of subside after she got vaccinated and she told me she's cautiously planning to celebrate her birthday in june. I'm going to try to celebrate that. Even if i have to wear gloves and three masks because every year is a milestone for me. Ask after your twenty nine plus tax so all of that is to say that there are good things coming but the pandemic is definitely not over. Yet that's w. amuse margaret barthel and colleen grab lick who have been reporting on the pandemic for w. a. m. u. n. d. Thank you both so much for your reporting. Thank you esther thank you. Thanks for joining us for. Consider this from npr. Listen again next time. And we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm jonathan wilson.
9.9.21 Intelligence reset, Taliban rules, and 9/11 speeches
"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners. Like me my name is scott. Leon and i'm a clinical pharmacist. And a member of the wednesday night downtown community group had resurrection oakland church in oakland california. I hope you enjoy today's show. Good morning nine. Eleven was among the greatest intelligence failures in. us history. Are we better prepared now to stop the next big terror attack ben. Next plot could be hidden somewhere in place. It would be very hard to find. Also today life in afghanistan with american forces out of the country plus highlights from notable speeches following the nine eleven attacks. This is not a battle between the united states of america and terrorism but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. It's thursday september ninth. This is the world and everything in it from listeners. supported world radio. I'm mary record and dog. Nick eicher good morning now the news. Here's can't covington secretary of state. Tony blinken confirmed on wednesday that the taliban is in fact blocking americans and others from leaving afghanistan as of now. The taliban are not committing the charter flights depart. Lincoln said taliban officials claim that some of the passengers don't have the proper documents while there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground without an airport with normal security procedures. In place we are working to do everything in our power. After leaving americans behind the biden administration is now heavily dependent on the taliban's cooperation for the safe return of us citizens and allies at a joint press. Conference with germany's foreign minister on wednesday. Blinken added that if the taliban wants legitimacy or international support it will have to earn it and in the eyes of the west. It is not off to a good start. The new afghan government is stacked with veterans of the taliban's hardline rule from the nineteen ninety s. The announcement of a new government came hours after the taliban fired their guns into the air to disperse protesters in kabul and arrested several journalists u. s. employers hung up more help wanted signs than ever before in the month of july that according to a new labor department report. World's anna hansen brown has more job openings. Set a new record for the second straight month. Rising to about ten point nine million in july that was up from the previous record of ten point two million but layoffs actually rose slightly to one point three million and nearly four million people quit their jobs just shy of a record set in april. That's suggests many americans are confident enough in their job prospects to quit and seek something new employers continue to struggle finding enough workers some are hopeful that the expiration of the enhanced unemployment benefits program which ended nationwide this week may push more people back into the workforce but the covert nineteen delta variant is also putting a dent in america's economic rebound labor department reported friday that the economy generated a disappointing two hundred thirty five thousand jobs last month about a third. What economists had expected reporting for world. I'm ana johannesen brown. Crowds cheered sang and chanted in richmond. Virginia wednesday as workers hoisted aged twenty one foot tall confederate statue off of its granite pedestal. The monument depicting confederate general robert e lee on horseback has stood on richmond's monument avenue since eighteen ninety workers lowered the statue to the ground and cut it into sections before hauling it away on a flatbed truck for now it will sit in storage virginia governor ralph northern ramming like this of the law calls. It needs to come down and this is a new day. A new era. The democratic governor ordered its removal last summer during anti-racism and anti police protests across the nation residents who opposed the removal filed lawsuits citing 1887 in eighteen ninety agreements to preserve the statue but earlier this month. The virginia supreme court ruled that those obligations no longer apply the chinese government dealt another blow to democracy. In hong kong wednesday arresting organizers of tiananmen square vigil for the past two years the government has banned annual gatherings to commemorate the one thousand nine hundred eighty nine tiananmen square massacre police arrested for people with one of the last pro democracy groups in hong kong claiming. They refused to cooperate in the national security. Probe they're being investigated for allegedly colluding with foreign governments. One of the four arrested chowhan tomb told reporters earlier this week. No single reason or apathetic saying why they accuse us of being an agent but under the government's new so-called national security law which china's communist government imposed on hong kong last year. They don't need a reason. The government has used that law to crack down on liberties in what used to be a semi independent territory. Mexico's supreme court ruled this week that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion world. Kristen flat has that story. The decision will immediately affect only the northern border state coahuila which had made abortion a criminal act but it will also establish legal president and quote obligatory criteria for all the countries judges that according to court president arturo zaldivar. Mexico is a heavily roman catholic country and the topic remains highly controversial. Only four mexican states now allow abortion. In most circumstances the other twenty eight states have at least some protections for the unborn. There are currently no women imprisoned for abortions and mexico reporting for world. I'm kristen flahavan. Can't covington up next. Are we better prepared today to guard against another nine eleven style attack plus memorable speeches from nine eleven this is the world and everything in it. it's thursday the ninth of september twenty. Twenty one so glad to have you along for today's edition of the world. Everything good morning. i'm mary record. Then dime nick first step today national intelligence in the days and months after nine. Eleven the question on everyone's was. How could this attack of happen to a nation with top military global intelligence committee to study that question found a major problem with our national intelligence agencies. That problem was they didn't share information. That could have connected the dots that realization led to changes in the way agencies. Work together twenty years later. What difference have those reforms made world's sarah schwartzberg reports do swear affirm to tell the truth the whole and nothing but the truth in two thousand three and two thousand four. The national commission on terrorist attacks upon the united states held a dozen public hearings. Lawmakers questioned members from every area government probing to find out what systemic failures led to nine eleven. These public hearings are part of our search for truth in april. Two thousand four then. Cia director george. Tennant told the commission his agency new al qaeda wanted to attack the united states warning was well understood even if the timing and method of attacks were not but he said the cia didn't have the ability to act on its intelligence warning is not good enough without the structure to put it into action. We never translated this knowledge into an effective defence of the country. At another april two thousand and four hearing then secretary of state condoleeza rice said bureaucracy made sharing information between intelligence agencies to difficult in hindsight. If anything might have helped stop nine eleven it would have been better information about threats inside the united states. Something made very difficult by structural and legal impediments. That prevented the collection and sharing of information by our law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The nine eleven commission report released later that summer agreed. It found the fbi which track suspicious people inside. The united states failed to coordinate with the cia following terrace outside the country and at the time the federal aviation administration operated airport security but didn't update. It's no fly list with the names of c. i. a. Identify terrorists and then after that congress passed legislation in basically didn't overhaul of the intelligence community. And across the government so kristen patel is an intelligence professor at syracuse university. She says that overhaul came. In the form of the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act of two thousand four. The legislation created the office of the director of national intelligence it oversees and coordinates information flow between the countries eighteen intelligence agencies. The law also created the national counterterrorism center so different agencies that had a counter. Terrorism mission were housing. One bruce and they were able to coordinate says the bill also changed what intelligence lawmakers get instead of one agencies limited perspective they now get briefs incorporating multiple viewpoints wasn't just a cis perspective or cia nsa's perspective. It was a whole of government perspective. David shed is the former acting director of the defense intelligence agency. He says after nine eleven intelligence agencies realized they had to shift from dealing with a large static power like the soviet union to dealing with nimble terrorists. Lived anywhere strike anytime trying to do. You were trying to find the next plot. That next block could be carried out by a few individuals could be hidden somewhere in a place. That would be very hard to find. Shed says over the last two decades. The reforms have largely worked. We haven't had another large-scale act of terrorism on american soil. But the changes aren't perfect. Kristen potala syracuse university says. Bureaucracy remains a problem and win. Every agency has a seat at the table it creates confusion about. Who's in charge. It's kind of decision by committee. As opposed to more streamlined approach the processes more painful intelligence experts say the threats to the united states have also changed in the last decade and american agencies. Have to continue to evolve to meet new challenges. Brad bowman studies. Us defense strategy at the foundation for defense of democracies he says terrorists and international crime organizations now have access to technology that makes it difficult to intercept their communications. And so if you have terrorist leaders who can communicate with cells around the world and we can't detect those conversations are understand what's being said that that's kind of a horrible nightmare and we have new weapons to guard against cyber attacks the proliferation of nuclear ballistic missiles as well as potential biological weapons of so one could imagine a terrorist group gaining access to a biological weapon that could be employed against us forces. There's also new power centers particularly china. Heritage's david shed says china's espionage around the world is making it tougher for american intelligence agencies to work with their traditional allies increasingly countries are designing place collection capabilities off limits inside their country. That you can't go to Why is that because there is a fundamental distrust and there is a fundamental long beach of china in compounding all of those challenges. Us intelligence has taken a hit and afghanistan. David bowman at the foundation for defense of democracies says the united states withdrawal will make intelligence gathering in the middle east much more difficult anyone who think that we can do our toes as effectively in afghanistan pakistan region without military base. Afghanistan has been watching many hollywood movies. That's just not the way works. And with the taliban back in power the stakes are just as high as they were in two thousand one reporting for world. I'm sarah weinsberg coming up next on the world and everything in an early look at afghanistan without a us presence. It's now been ten days since the last. Us troops departed. Some taliban officials have suggested publicly. They will be less extreme than they were the last time they ruled most of the country twenty years ago. But do we have any early indications that they will be joining us now to provide. Those answers is luke coffee. He's a former captain in the us. Army and afghanistan war veteran. He now serves as director of the allison center for foreign policy studies at the heritage foundation. Look good morning good morning. Thanks for having me on well when you were deployed to afghanistan. What did you learn about the taliban during your time there. Well this was back in two thousand five which admittedly at this point seems like ancient afghan history but the situation with the taliban then and now the taliban today and then of course the taliban in the nineteen nineties hasn't changed all that much in effect. If the world needs proof of this one only has to look at the list of the members of the taliban who formed the new so called caretaker government in in kabul in afghanistan. All of these names that are on this list from the old guard of the taliban those who were around in the nine hundred ninety s were senior taliban officials during the insurgency years after nine eleven and in fact the new acting. Interior minister of afghanistan is a very powerful position where you role in the law enforcement the intelligence services the border controls and border security all into one ministry right so the the the the new acting minister of interior is actually wanted by the fbi for five million dollars so most of these are most of these. New members of the government are considered by the international community to be declared harris. So i'm afraid that the new taliban is the same as the taliban. Let's talk about The plight of women then. The taliban talked about making more allowances for women than it did twenty years ago. Any sign of that being true depends on your definition of more allowances is for example. It's been reported that a woman now leaving their home for less than three days at a time so not going on any trip for example doesn't even need a male relative as an escort however if the woman is trailing or going out of her home for more than three days than she does so this in my opinion i'm sure most of the listeners degree this isn't A moderating sign of the new taliban universities and schools have been open to allow women but they are segregated in different classrooms if their space the taliban says if there is not space they have to be partitioned off with tipperary wall or curtain and then preferably a women teachers will teach women students and if there are no women teachers available then they have to find the oldest male teacher available to teach than they can teach the women on a temporary basis. We've already seen mass protests. Erupting threw out many of afghanistan's major cities in the past few days and these protests have been led by women and afghanistan has changed over the past two decades whether the taliban went to admit it or not afghanistan's a very young country. I would say about seventy percent of the population is under the age of thirty as so many young women and men for that matter will not remember exactly what it was like under the taliban in the mid one thousand nine hundred only known their relative freedoms since nine eleven the past two decades. And you can't just change this overnight. The taliban even the taliban cannot change this overnight so this is why. I think the taliban are going to have a problem when the at least in the short term when it comes to how they handle this issue women's rights. Well luke let. Let's talk about. The americans left behind in afghanistan. The taliban said it would let americans leave the country after american forces departed. But we're seeing reports now suggesting that is not happening. Why is the taliban blocking people from boarding planes. Well there's nothing in the past twenty or so years that has proven that the taliban can be a credible or trustworthy partner for the united states and shocking that The biden administration seems to take everything. The taliban says as at their word. there are Americans that are stranded behind in afghanistan. Even though the president himself said on numerous occasions most recently i think august twentieth during an interview that The us presence. The us troops will stay international airport until the last american. Who wants to leave is able to leave. This was not the case as we now know the estimates range widely from about two hundred americans to more than a thousand who went to get out and the taliban have not been letting them get out in any systematic way. Now there's been a lot of talk about the taliban holding these americans hostage This could very well be the case. But what has it been discussed much as other groups that could see the presence of americans trained in afghanistan as an opportunity for hostage taking. So it's just that the taliban we have to worry about their various actors that could hold americans hostage in afghanistan. Luke coffee with the heritage foundation has been our guest. Luke thanks so much my pleasure. Thank you additional. Support comes from the missions. On point podcast fifteen minutes. Every friday re-energizing your vision for world missions through the local church missions on point available wherever you get your podcast and from covenant college i distinctly christian liberal arts college on beautiful lookout mountain georgia more at covenant dot edu. The painting girl with balloon is or was or sort of still is a painting by the internationally infamous and anonymous artists known as bank see. He's made a name for himself by spray painting images in public places his original girl with balloon graces the walls of a building in east london back in twenty eighteen banks. He sold smaller framed. Painting girl with balloon at sotheby's in london now at eight hundred sixty miles sixty yet did the math on that. That's one point four million. Us dollars now. No sooner had the gavel struck the deal then. The painting began beeping and lowering itself. Through the bottom of frame where banks he had secretly installed a shredder witnesses. Witnesses could only watch mouths at gape. As device turned half the painting to ribbons. The buyer decided to keep the piece of performance art until now that have trashed piece of work. Renamed love in the been goes back on the authobhjes auction block october fourteenth. It's expected to fetch as much as eight point three million dollars. This is yeah. This is turning treasure trash and then back again. So what would we say. Recycling that pays off It's the world and everything. Today is thursday. September ninth thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good morning. i'm nick hiker. And i'm mary coming next on the world and everything in it notable speeches past and present throughout this week we've commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks. Today we return to the hours and days afterward to hear reactions from world leaders of the time leaders like un secretary general kofi annan uk. Prime minister tony blair mexican president vicente fox and israeli prime minister ariel sharon. We will end with president. George w bush's final remarks from the nine eleven national day of prayer and remembrance service. We now present portions of those addresses with no further comment. We all traumatized by this terrible tragedy. We do not yet know how many people have been killed or injured but inevitably the number will be high office thoughts and prayers must be for them and for their families. I wish to express my profound condolences to them. And to the people and government of the united states there can be no doubt that these attacks deliberate acts of terrorism carefully planned and coordinated and not such i condemn utterly terrorism must be fought resolutely wherever it appears in such moments cool and judgment more essential than ever. We do not know yet who is behind. These acts all what objective they hope to achieve. What we do know is that no just cause can be advanced. By tara it is hard. Even to contemplate the carnage and tara which isn't gulf so many innocent people off of president bush and the american people also diety profound sympathy operas press as those that carried out these attacks on no adequate words of condemnation. This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world. The people who perpetrated have no regard whatever for the sanctity value of human life and we. The democracies of the world must come together to defeated and eradicated. This is not a battle between the united states of america and terrorism but between the free democratic world and terrorism. We full here. In britain stan shoulder to shoulder with our american friends in this hour of tragedy and we like them will not rest until this evil is driven from our world. Is someone janos in really not this year sort of got thin. Those terrorists us in los needles can still love the gun districts your medical experience. I'll pueblo yellow year. No the losses of needles solidity dad. He was mass per phone scandal. In for last year parabolas better. What madness experts almost ambient mass inet hickok on. Dinner is still bacchus h all soviet president george bush. Nice little demand. Does that are in west solidarity in mementos stunned officials. The fight against terror is an international struggled of the free world again to falseness of kness who seek to destroy liberty and our way of life. I believe that together we can defeat the forces of evil these most difficult our all these rallies ten is one of the american people ohio review and we are ready to provide any assistance it any time. The government of israel has declared a day of mourning to moral. Is we bow our heads and share into sorel of the american people. They have attacked america because we our freedoms home and defender and the commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time on this national day of prayer and remembrance. We ask almighty god to watch over. Our nation in grant is patience and resolve and all that is to come. We pray that he will comfort and console those now walking sorrow we thanking reach life. We now must mourn and the promise of a life to come as we've been assured neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from god's love man. He blessed the souls of the departed. May he comfort her own and may he always guide our country. God bless america in order of appearance. That was u n secretary general kofi annan. Uk prime minister tony blair mexican president vicente fox israeli prime minister ariel sharon and us. President george w bush Today is thursday september ninth. Good morning this is the world and everything in it. Listener supported world radio. I'm mary and i'm nick. I'm awesome new product announcement to tell you about here. World introducing world opinion's daily opinion columns from respected christian voices talking about the ideas and events that are attempting to redefine our world today and it is my honor to tell you that leading. This effort for us is albert molar. 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What happened in Virginia's 2021 General Assembly Session?
"This is so much more fun when we're penny lane. There's beer flowing on this episode transition virginia. Yeah they're already backed the two thousand twenty one. General assembly session is a wrap. You can't eat which joke kill so what happened. And what didn't happen. Gesticulate wildly out them. Solomonic third way. The highs and lows of legislating and an era of zoo one of the stickier elements of all this forcing everybody to take a vote on something that they've sort of were avoiding. This is not a nonpartisan process. It's only a bipartisan process. On this episode of transition virginia. welcome to transition virginia. The podcast that documents the ongoing transition of power in virginia. I'm michael pope. Thomas bowman today on the podcast. The twenty two thousand one general assembly session around what happened but didn't happen. What's next we're going to break it all down for you. With an all star panel of journalists joining us is the legendary columnist for the richmond. times dispatch jeff shapiro. Thanks for joining us. Thanks for including the i am. I am not worthy at returning to the podcast. our friend. that's august politics and policy reporter for the roanoke times. Amy freedom burger king. Mix for returning to the podcast. Thanks for having me back on. I feel like it has been too long since i've participated podcast and hopefully we can do in person against yes. One hundred percent agreed while amy. I want to start with you because you were there. In the belly of the beast in the senate chamber i was. I have to admit super super jealous of you. Amy because every time the camera panned over to that part of the senate floor there. You are like the whole session or i was locked in my house in front of my computer screen. Give us a sense of what it was like to be in that sort of makeshift at hawk senate chamber. What was it like to be their day in day out and it was. It was kind of as time went on. I felt like it like this was the new normal for the senate You know we were set up. The house of delegates was meeting. Virtually and the senate was in person at the science museum and so the senators. We're all spread out at their tables in. The media was in a kind of a pendon area in so it's a little different You know it's a little harder to kind of get people to come over to you. Have to gesticulate wildly at them at to get their attention in so yeah it was great. I'm a big believer though of being there in person as much as possible Just so they know that the media is watching yes. One hundred percent agreed. Did the gesticulation work like if you waived your arms would come over and talk to you or how did that work. Well as laws always coming over on his own. You don't need to you. Don't need to talk to you the others. Yeah you just have to keep waving or text somebody to say hey get so and so's attention and wanna talk to them so yeah they would come over. I debated at one point getting assigned. But i didn't else madam clerk would like if i was holding a new props new props log am over here senator. So and so. Jeff let me ask the same question of you but in reverse. What was it like for you covering an entire session. Not being there. In person i am. I am wringing my hands wondering what I missed what we missed because We weren't there though about how to Amy for bravely soldiering on and michael. You and i have discussed this A lot of what we do as reporters What lobbyists do legislators do Is boils down to just sort of showing up There's a lot of serendipity in our respective lines of work and i'm afraid that With the virtual the emphasis on the virtual one thing that is. Not present is serendipity. Let's talk about some of the bills that got passed out of this general assembly session. What can virginians look forward to starting in july or whenever they become law. Goodness there is so much that the democrats accomplished their second year of having the majority in the legislature. And you know of course having control of the executive mansion as well In other going to abolish the death penalty which is a huge deal for southern states to do this marijuana legalization kind of you know you have to read through. If you don't wanna read through the really lengthy what how. Many pages is two hundred. Something pages You know there's there's a lot of details to basically They're not going to legalize marijuana until twenty four. There was a lot of pushback from a sound. Like criminal. Justice groups legalization advocates. Who felt like you know. That wasn't they didn't go far enough on it. Well you know this is Reefer light there were about a half dozen legislators who democratic legislators who oppose this Legislators of color one of their concerns is and i think. Perhaps the governor's going to address this in an amendment or two is that We not fully eagle until twenty twenty four. He's under the bill as as as past Know there's a whole swath of the populace that's up potentially vulnerable to continue prosecution and we've seen ample evidence that You know more people of color than white virginians are are busted for marijuana And so i think this is. This is one of the stickier elements of all this. I think largely overlooked essentially it flared a bit in the those final debates that this is not just virginia becoming the first southern state to Legalize marijuana we joining fifteen other. American states This is a step as new jersey to occur earl here last week. An acting a bill that will create a tax scheme that will generate a lot of money that is intended to go back into communities principally communities of color that have been adversely affected By the emphasis on prosecuting For smaller amounts of marijuana and those dollars would essentially support jump. Starting this whole new industry a weed a recreational weed industry that would have a presence in these neighborhoods and perhaps Enliven their economies somewhat. Gonna question about marijuana legalization. I never quite understood the logic of waiting for the legalisation part of it. I mean i totally understand waiting for the commercial sales. Because you've got to stand up the new agency and you've gotta create the regulations and that takes time and okay. I understand that why. Wait for twenty four. Why not do it this summer. Like what was the logic behind not doing it. Now i think part of it has to do with And amy working for a a western virginia newspaper with a A large rural Readership this is a state. Despite the domination of its suburbs and cities that includes a good deal of rural territory. Where virginia's cultural conservatism in endures and I i think that there is a particular on the senate side. There's a real attentiveness of this that You know if we're gonna do this in. Virginia we don't want to do it in such a way that we to be ramming down everyone's throats. Virginia democrats are really trying to position virginia to put its best foot forward as the leading state in the new south and so in addition to eventually legalizing marijuana and in addition to getting rid of the death penalty. They're also taking some steps to address their past and one of those things is getting rid of the bird statue sitting on capitol square jeff. What went into that decision. And the debate there among the democrats and the republicans and the general assembly was controversial. at all. absolutely i think most telling about that Legislation is who sponsored it Jay jones a Black democrat young lawyer. Legislator from knockback is also a candidate for the democratic nomination for attorney general You know there is certainly a social justice element to this But there is as well A note of political ambition Driving as well. The bird of course A segregationist a governor before he was a senator. And perhaps the dominance a political figure in virginia From the mid twenty s to the mid sixties there are A good deal of Video a new on certain in this statue debate that likeness of bird not a very flattering likeness. A i might add is is one of the senator holding a copy of the federal budget and setting aside for a moment all that is associated with burden and massive resistance. The state's defiance of the brown decision in one thousand nine hundred fifty four that other than Desegregate public schools. Virginia took steps to close them but You know bird was a Was they figure who also Modernized virginia's government. He streamlines things. He got us to the short ballots Now the only elects three people stayed three offices. Statewide as opposed to i think was seven or eight. That was all about clearly consolidating You know his and conservative largely democratic control But bird was also a stickler for balanced budgets and discipline spending and was on birds. Watch that The bond agencies began this grading system. Thousand nine hundred. Twenty eight and virginia is the only state that has had the highest possible credit rating from wall street. Triple a. You know it's the gold standard since that system was was initiated and to some degree that's that's a result of the the parsimony with which Bird insisted virginia manage its finances and it is If you will to some degree the parsimony with which virginians had come to expect their elected officials to manage the public finances so bird despite his troubling record on race and by one point out that it was as during his governorship that virginia also banned lynching That was a widespread practice in the american south and it continued well into mid century it in in what was once called dixie. That there's a lot of ons that Sort of shapes burge record and that Was mentioned maybe only once and debate and that was by a senator from out Out eighties way creeds. Speaking of senators out amy's way wondering about a bill. That senator sooner line had that i was personally interested as a journalist which has to do with election returns. I love looking at precinct returns to see where candidates are strong whether we can which precincts they do. Well in which precinct say well in and of pseudo on wanted to require all of those absentee votes which of course exploded in recent years To be recorded in their home precincts amy. What did you make the debate on that. Bill and sort of how things ended up with that. Yeah that was one of only. Maybe a couple election related bills. It didn't go through. But one that i thought maybe a republican sponsored that would make it and from senators lines telling is that you know. He's not he is for the record net. Somebody who who has been stealing the conspiracies misinformation about the election but he was hearing a lot from a lot of residents who are just very active in politics so they're are always looking deep into the electoral returns Just to see what the turnout is in so you know. All the absentee votes were all dumped into the Central precinct tally. It didn't really provide a good glimpse of how the precincts were voting. The turnout was there and so it kind of it can be kind of confusing for people to understand what's going down at the precinct level and from his position as an elected official is that you want to know how people are voting for you if you had a lot of people though for you one year and then suddenly you take a deep dive in a certain area you know. Maybe you wanna spend more time doing outreach in that area if it seems like maybe the voters out there are losing support for you So he had wanted to. Have you know the precinct. Level absentee votes Broken down a lot of the registrar's sort of complained about that. It would be a little more tedious to print out all the ballots by precinct level. So people could do absentee so it seems very feasible. Just seemed like it was. It was just meeting some resistance for logistical reasons. Resistance in the house so the goods really was striking about that. Bill is there was only one. No vote adam. Ebben of alexandria was the singular vote in the senate so it was like not just popular but vary widely popular. But then how did. So i mean i guess. That's what are the things to. Although i believe they tacked it onto another bill that was successful. it was senator. Deeds had a bill expanding the use of dropbox and they did put a sort of sewer line inspired study onto that syllable study it and then have a report in december and then so maybe in twenty twenty two we can take action so i guess it's not a total loss. Yeah it looked at the democrats spent a lot of at the session. Essentially preserving a lot of the pandemic voting access measures that they put in place for the november election. And that had to do what the ballot dropbox is. The prepaid posted with absentee The quote cure process. Oh you know if you send your absentee ballots in there was some issue on it You know a technical error. You still have the opportunity to fix it within a certain amount of time so it isn't invalidated and so that was among those the one the one that i was surprised that also went down in the house. Senator avola wanted to permanently. Get rid of the witness requirement for the absentee ballot. That are sent by mail. And that one. I think also maybe got tacked onto part of this study. That's going to happen. You know it was interesting you know. The legislature took the policy position that it was fine for the november election. But i guess they wanted to take more time to examine that issue before making it permanent which was also peculiar. Because you know. They're quite a lot of states. That don't require this witnessed signature. So i'm not sure what what needs to be reviewed and one and one would note that Just in terms of nuts and bolts of of campaigning. That institutionalizing many steps. That were taken to you. Know make for easier voting during the plague. This past fall mean that An important aspects of of of politics will actually start a lot sooner and probably cost candidates more money. And that's voter mobilization getting out your vote because we were all accustomed to voting in person boast of What we saw and heard from the campaigns where you know people showing up at our doors telephone calls leaflet drops In the final. Run up to in in-person balloting. Now that that's going to be going on for days and days and days It means that Candidates are going to have to spend dollars dollars and dollars a really pretty much from mid september foreword on On an expense that traditionally was made much later in the campaign. Okay real quick because we're running out of time for this segment. Let's talk about what. The legislature did finally to remedy some of the circumstances around covid after multiple attempts across multiple sessions. They finally extended some type of paid sick. Leave this time though to home. Healthcare workers and healthcare workers generally. Amy can you tell us what the general did around paid sick leave. Yeah this is something that Delegate elizabeth monarch who is running for lieutenant governor has been pushing for quite some time and she always had a a much broader bill covering a lot more workers across virginia and she had been gradually wittling Down mostly because she needed to pass the senate which is a lot more friendly a to to the business community than the house has been and so it looks like it's going to be certain home healthcare workers. What is it. You might have to help me here on. It's like the sort of narrowed this bill. In a way that it does not apply to the private sector so it only applies to home. Healthcare workers that money from the federal government so it basically says to the private sector. Hey we're not asking you to do this at any impact of that is also it it potentially has a is a big help for For home healthcare workers who are dealing with you know A lot of lower income clients as well. I think that. I think that will essentially be the limit of that. I think that's all the able to get through. I believe during the senate debate. Senator norman Maybe senator mccain had asked if what if what if governor northbound census back with amendments to expand it. And i think senator sazleh said he won't vote for it so i think she has she reached the threshold. Okay well one step at a time and in segment to. We'll get to some of the things that didn't happen this session. But we're gonna take a break we're here. With journalists jess shapiro of the richmond. Times dispatch and amy freidan burger of the road. Times when we return. We'll talk about what didn't happen. And how that might shape our view of two thousand twenty one. And i'll tell you what doesn't help is when we have reporters like michael pope from wvu t f. These were not rioters and looters. These were patriots. I never called the people who storm the capital patriots. These were not rioters and looters. These were patriots. I never called the people who stormed the capital patriots. We have to hold our media accountable. You can help our podcast hold. People in power accountable head over to transitions virginia dot com and hit the button that says contribute on patriot for as little as three dollars a month. You can help us speak truth to power and we're back on transition virginia. We're gonna talk about missed opportunities. Things left undone. What did not happen this year. And what do we make of that. So open question here to the panel. What is the most significant thing that did not happen. This year. I think the one that a lot of people were expecting something to happen on Because it was receiving a lot of attention was repealing mandatory minimums from the state code. The virginia state crime commission at the beginning of this year had endorsed abolishing all mandatory minimum sentences from the state code that something like two hundred plus offenses when it came time that it was introduced in the general assembly. The senate had a version that was going to repeal the vast majority of them. I think except for class when felonies. The house took a much more conservative approach. Which is know. It's rare to save their taking the more conservative approach in the senate But they were mostly just limiting it to drug offenses and some firearm offenses and so my understanding from talking with senators and delegates. Was that once that hit the conference committee and a handful of senators delegates went to go discuss. That is that they were just so far apart that they just couldn't get around to doing anything four house like what were the different sides on that. I mean the senate just really felt committed to it needed to be much more From what i heard you know the senate was willing to a narrow it down a little bit but the it seemed to house was not willing to even go back with a pair down version of the senate proposal delegate mike mullen who was a prosecutor. He had called the senate version controversial and so he. He gave a speech On the last day when they were closing out on saturday. Just kind of lamenting Getting anything done on it. But i know that senators morrissey in serravalle were really you also digging in their heels that needed to be more comprehensive of course. This is all part of the larger debate of particular relevance to the to the republicans. And that is you know the law and order themes that were really essential to The republican party's ascent or re ascent starting in one thousand nine hundred ninety three with the election of george allen as governor elected on a promise to do away with parole and require full sentences for felons and there was a dust up on this toward the in the in the closing hours of the of the legislature over Over the parole board and whether it has been sufficiently transparent in handling those few cases of Of parole eligible felons See if richmond A police officer was shot. Dead in nineteen seventy nine individual. Who was convicted in that That shooting was eligible for parole was granted parole but there seemed to be A lot of questions about how. Open the parole board was In handling this case. Marco shayna senator from Rockingham county up in the valley A a a law and order guy. If there ever was one unsuccessful candidate for attorney general Has been banging on this or was banging on this issue in the final days of the of the general wisdom. You know another bill that failed Was a bill introduced by delegate. Kelly converse fowler. That made it through the house on cyber flashing. Now this was one of the cringe-worthy discussions from this year. You may remember last year. There was a similar cringe-worthy bill that had to do with Massage parlors and happy endings and there are some very difficult conversations. That was difficult to listen to. I should say. And then this year there was some again cringe-worthy discussions about essentially sending dick pics and sort of prosecuting people for sending unwanted obscene photos. Again this made it out of the house and then when it got to the senate there were the senate panel killed it and there was some hurt feelings there because there were some of the senators who killed it they were all male and there was thinking that they didn't quite get what was going on. What did you make of that discussion. Well i was that. The senate judiciary committee has always. I think to me the most entertaining one to follow just because a lot of the senators. Come up with these scenarios that could get you know some contract somebody in some kind of bill that they're putting through sort of you know these unintended consequences and so you know their position. Was that this. Language about sending unsolicited. Sexual photos is just so broad. And you know proving intent is is really key here. There were just like you know. People were floating. You know somebody could send a picture of the statue of david. And now you're going to get charged as if as if that's really you know what's gonna start happening is we're going to have people you know lined up in the courthouse over you know pictures of artwork but that was sort of what it was about in any goes a little learn little hard to watch. It looked like the delegate was kind of just getting a little bit emotional trying to plead with these older men Who are sort of being a little little dismissive sort of seen the little simple jokey at times She just wanted to give a fair hearing to our bill and they were kind of just ready to shelve it. And you know what happened to that discussion that you don't see much of the attorney for the committee was i don't wanna say he was dismissive. But i got the sense. The lawyer for the committee didn't particularly like it didn't necessarily like the way it was structured. Or there's something about it that he he felt like maybe it was incomplete or something. What did you make of that discussion. Yeah he was kind of posing scenarios to and took issues with it and seemed like he didn't have any kind of solutions to fix it up to to deal with then So i don't know if this is something that's gonna come back in the future so we'll say by the way if you think this is bad now. It wasn't too long ago that lawyers were in the majority in the legislature. And this sort of Shall we say scenario building Which can border on the ridiculous Was was really something of a A high arch then but You know the the optics of older guys talking about an issue with a an apparent measure of I dunno levity and maybe that is particularly startling for Women i i expect. We're going to be hearing more about that in a campaign context when Come this fall when the house is a but certainly in In twenty twenty three when Some of these senators are standing for reelection. When where we presume will be a fresh districts. Okay regular listeners. To the show might recall that lee. Harder came on to discuss his bill to repeal right to work that endured some political machinations during the session. And what was all that drama. And how did it end. Jeff shapiro author that to you Lee carter a self identified Democratic socialist tried to Tack legislation Repealing right to work bill on the that was on the floor of the house I guess he found out he just doesn't have that many friends in in his own his own caucus. This is a a hyper sensitive issue. among democrats of course right to work. Why it's say it prohibits union membership as a condition for a job It is It has long been an article of faith. among politicians democratic and republican governor ralph northern made very clear in a personal meeting with the ah the head of the f. l. cio the labor federation in in here in virginia that he would veto any legislation that does away with this this ban on compulsory union membership and It is To some degree one of the issues with which democrats somehow enhanced their they're more moderate images And so i think what you saw an ad that vote to to stop this on. The house floor was a very very deliberate effort by democrats to preserve that That modern image That's not an interest of Lee carter again as the as an avowed democratic socialists and An occasional lift driver He's got a lot to say about working. Conditions How friendly virginia is to labor or or not and You know whether virginia Is supportive of things such as a More than livable wage. But but a substantial minimum wage. You know. I find interesting about that policy that mike allers the republican challenger to lee carter this year. Actually support repealing right to work. I find that notable about where the working class electorate is in manassa city. You know one thing that struck me about the debate on. This is the demo. I mean jeff shapiro was talking about the how sensitive is an it's actually that's a sensitivity. That cuts both ways. Because you get the sense from democrats they don't want to alienate their friends and labor and they don't wanna make their friends and labor mad and they certainly want the support of their friends and labor but they also don't want to make the business community mad and they want to continue to get the support from the business community so they are trying to sort of thread this needle in a way where they don't get anything accomplished because the governor would just be tow it anyway but they also aren't seen as opposing anything so i mean it's a difficult balancing act. They were trying to do all right. Let's take a break. We're here at jeff. Shapiro of the richmond. Times dispatch and amy freidan burger of the rhodope times. When we come back. We're gonna look in our crystal ball figure out what might come next. Hey you yes you. You're listening to transition. Virginia right now. And you're probably a fan of the podcast right well. Then rate and review like trevor sutherland. Started the only time i listened. It's that's not really what i was thinking. Well how about this review from richard. Crouse this piece of shit podcast. I wouldn't even right. One-star come on listeners can do better than that. Hit the pause button right now and give us a quick review and we're back on transition. Virginia we're gonna hear into the future. The first thing we need to talk about is the immediate future governor ralph northerns role in the process. Now he gets to consider all nine hundred something bills on his desk and he can amend them just about any way he sees fit. What can we expect from the governor and any amendments that he might put onto any of these bills where we know for sure He's going to have something to say about legalization of marijuana. There's a good deal of hand wringing over you know the bill that was That was sent him as we discussed at the top of the program. So that's something to look for as well Before move not any predictions there in terms with the governor might do. I would not be surprised if the governor chooses to shall we say encourage the legislature to accelerate the timetable. A by by which Is fully decriminalised this summer so like in terms of possession being legal. The governor might amend the bill in a way that would make possession of marijuana legal by this summer Perhaps the summer or you know maybe He does he comes up with some saleh. Monica third way That may be Shoot for say january first Teenage to give everyone a little bit more time to wrap their heads around this and it's also nice sometimes to Kick the enactment of certain things past the elections and when he's about to go out the door in other words in other words leave it to future general assembly to basically have this debate. All over again. Don't know about that terry. Mcauliffe chimed in with something to say on this issue too. I played right toward the eleventh hour. Mcauliffe was trying to take credit for some. How long negotiations this is. This is a great mcauliffe tactic I'm sure you all remember back in two thousand thirteen when the Bob mcdonald's governor republican who had been elected on this you know no new taxes package a plank ended up supporting a big tax increase for transportation and Mcauliffe then An active candidate for governor. Second go round. was Front and center in terms of urging legislature democrats and republicans to Push forward this package of tax increases roads on that issue of marijuana bill and all of the many behind the scenes closed-door not open to the public not up into the press machinations nations. That was going on with that conference committee. So you saw mccullough saying hey look at me. I'm part of this process. We did not see governor north them saying hey look at me on part of this process but undoubtedly. He was part of that whole negotiation. Right i mean. Is it possible that he's already got his game plan for how he wants to deal with. This marijuana solomonic. I'm that's entirely possible. I you know. I know that You know the press has reported widely reported that You know northern. Was you know in on those final negotiations and governor Can do a lot of creative things. with his Amendment powers and for the most part for the most part the amendments that he's going to offer will be put to up or down votes on the floor of the house and senate when all. This is being reconsidered At during the spring session of the legislature that also means that there are fewer opportunities for mischief And Suspect that that's something that the governor made clear to legislators as they were Winding down on the marijuana legalization legislation in our that has been you know. I think quite savvy to sending down amendments that he knows that when he puts it to a floor vote that he can get thrill. I think one of the most impressive ones was just the back and forth that we could not get funding a couple of years ago for interstate eighty one and it was tolls and it was taxes and it was total isn't it was taxes than it ended up just being another study or something and he put them all to a floor. Vote on putting getting a revenue stream taxes and you know a bunch of a bunch of republicans even voted for it. So i think you know. He's very good at being strategic at forcing everybody to take a vote on something that they've sort of were avoiding as i said the opportunity for antics diminishes so after. All of the governor's amendments. There's the veto session Anything we can look forward to their. I mean any maybe any vetoes we might be looking forward to or i mean other than marijuana bill it any other sort of big developments or other shoes to drop here. I'm would watch the budget There are lots of things that can be accomplished through the budget. that You know The governor may may use it as a vehicle for Something that May have May have fallen by the wayside during the forty-six as the worthies were up to were at work and There's a lot in that Budget that People prize and that will be particularly Valuable in this legislative and gubernatorial election here One in particular. I was pleased to see Day our colleague gave it rests. that The newport news daily press in virginia pilot. Right about this. that is sixty four. Which between richmond and hampton roads is becoming you know. Virginia's answer to the long island expressway. You know the world's largest parking lot That it is now be funded Of the there is in the budget full funding to fully expand That important stretch of interstate between Chesapeake and richmond which can mean a lot in terms of Getting around not just in terms of the economy but a tourism. Okay and there's also going to be another session on redistricting that we can look forward to win. Do we think that special sessions going to occur and do we have any idea what the result might look like. I'm not entirely positive but we also probably will be expecting a special session action to expand. The court of appeals. And i would envision that they may be one a time that altogether They can't elect judges during a veto session and so they pass the legislation to do that. But charnel harry. The house majority leader had one. It's take time to that more judges in so that. Might i'm guessing mental happen a little later this year I don't know if they're going to try to get it all done together. So we don't have a whole bunch of special sessions going on about Judgeships i mean this is. This is political patronage and it is controlled by the majority party. the constitution requires the judges are elected. That's the word in the constitution and the democrats of course having been in the minority for the better part of two decades delight on planting on the bench many of their friends and fellow. Travelers as possible republicans I've tried to make a point. I talking point of this. That what it means. Is that the democrats want to hack virginia's courts with a liberal judges who are going to be less tough on lawbreakers particularly violent lawbreakers then all those republicans elected judges. It's a little hard to claim that they're packing the courts whenever it's already stuffed with republican appointees so probably ready even more like we're running out the court maybe with the expansion of the court of appeals and the likely domino effect that that's going to have in some of the show-bizzy lower courts circuit court in general district court. It certainly gonna mean that. Democrats have opportunities to put more like minded individuals in these judicial appointments. You know it's interesting in that. Many of these judges are judicial appointments if they occur would be potentially the first time many jurisdictions get actually deliberately liberal judges. Even the last democratic majority was far more conservative than it is today. Oh absolutely and i think that there's a. There's a larger issue here. She when looking at all of those republican appointed judges many. Have them many of them were over to the bench from prosecutors offices and And that was very attractive to to republicans but there was another reason for that for a long time Anyone who was elected to a judgeship Enjoyed a perk that Those of us in the private sector would adore Forever year judge sat he or she would get three years or more credit toward their Retirement so it meant you know that one could sit as a judge for ten years then retire and enjoy benefits that assumed he or she had been a judge for thirty years. Tough work if you can get it and and what's happened is It's it's it's made for a very different judiciary one. That is you know Rich in former prosecutors and then a lot of younger warriors who weren't much interested in the business of the law in that profession you don't you can't eat which you don't kill and it meant you know making a nice living with a six figure salary and One in which you know pretty much controlled ones one's day. Those were those were very appealing features of a of a judicial heart. One last topic here before we wrap it up. I'm curious about our predictions on how the census or lack of information from the census is going to shape things. There's one school of thought that says we might be looking forward to three consecutive years of house elections. I think nobody wants that to happen. There's another school of thought that says next this year. We would run on the old districts and then wait around for the new districts in the next election cycle assuming we don't get the census numbers in time which i think it every day. It seems more likely that they're not going to be around in time for virginia to redistrict in time for the elections this year. Assuming we don't get the sense numbers in time. What is our expectation in terms of this election cycle and future election cycles taken away really kind of laid it out there I am i am. I am firmly in the camp of. Oh god i hope. We don't just have elections forever. What heading toward though. Yeah i feel like you laid out this scenario of what have to decide here You know fairly soon. I think you know there. There are people kind of preparing to run here now. We have a lot of people running and primary challenges line So it just remains to be seen you know. this is not a nonpartisan process. It's only bipartisan process. And i can imagine there might be a bipartisan desire to not run in three consecutive elections. It's going to be expensive. It's going to be a lot of work and to your point. It's more opportunity to lose in a primary. That said i can imagine. Democrats might be salivating at the thought of being able to run in a federal year where they would have juiced up turnout at the last time this happened. Nineteen eighty one. Eighty two and eighty three. There was an interim election for a single year term because The courts have found. That virginia had deliberately under the voting rights act which then had considerably more teeth than it does now had deliberately put in place plans that diluted the voting strength of black virginians so that interim election was form of punishment We don't necessarily have that problem now but we do have some procedural obstacles so if you look at the constitution. There's a language in language in there that requires that the elections are held in new districts. Well it's not likely that we're going to have new districts in time so perhaps some state some steps will have to be taken by the courts. Many if you will a friendly lawsuit so that a a judge then direct The the legislature to stand this fall in in in house districts that are essentially the accident the existing election districts. And that next year There would be That process of redistricting under again. This new bipartisan commission created under the constitution by consent of the electorate and then those districts will be in place for the twenty two congressional elections and then in place in twenty three for the house next round of house elections and then of course the next senate elections okay. Let's leave it there. There's always more to discuss but we got to wrap it up. We're out of time for this episode. 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On Our Watch: Perceived Threat
"Stay with us for the news happening here in the dc metro region from the w. Am newsroom. That's right after the top story from npr. On consider this. Hey consider this listeners. It's chang over the past few weekends we've been bringing you a new podcast series from. Npr d. it's called on our watch. It's all about what happens after a police officer is accused of doing something they shouldn't have whether we're talking about allegations of assault or sexual harassment. Or the internal discipline process inside. Police departments which the public usually never sees. That is until now this is episode four in the series. It's called perceived threat if like to start from the very beginning of the series. You can find on our watch in your favorite podcast app. Ho sukey lewis will take it from here. This podcast deals with policing and people affected by it. It contains explicit content and descriptions of violence. It was a rainy day in stockton california when a woman pulled into a gas station with her two kids door canes aleutian sister while mom fills up the tank her sixteen year old son. Joseph green pays at the counter. He's got a dollar bill leftover so he tries to buy his little sister some gummy worms. I'll also making a pit stop at the gas station. That day was a stockton police. Officer robert johnson. The third of your motive incident. I do it was february. Seventeenth two thousand eleven and officer johnson and his partner. We're just finishing their shaft on the gang suppression unit. They stopped to get something to drink at the same store. The california stop. And i were there. We went to get a bottle of water. We'd been out working south that day. It was a stressful time for the teenager. Joe green and his family. There'd been a fire the day before that destroyed their house and now they're trying to figure out where to stay and he was trying to get this gas station clerk to take his damaged bill. I would just trying to get him to take the guy and he will soon come on man take. He knew the clerk. This was the neighborhood where joseph green lived and grew up for johnson. It was the neighborhood where he worked. Both johnson and his partner were dressed in plainclothes so not recognizable. Cops as i'm walking back up to the register on standing there waiting to pay. And i can see the suspect standing at the counter arguing with the clerk over a dollar bill. It was torn up while they're arguing behind. Joe greene officer. Johnson is waiting in line by goes talking to a black male Tall thin Twisted hair dude. His height of the puffy sweatshirt. The long hair. I i didn't even realize he was juvenile and the officer makes a decision to get involved in this argument between the clerk and the teenager but initially when i before identified myself and i just leave the store. They don't want any trouble in the next also. Johnston just hopped into conversation. Like to get the hell off school. You know more money. He got angry belligerence. Her cussing said i have to wear. I don't know who you think you are something like that. So i'd say i asked him who was talking to like. I need to know to lying talking to me. And then he said allama cop remember. Johnson isn't in uniform. And i've told them not doing anything. So what's the problem not turned around and grandma money and receipt out store and that's when the whole incident could have been over but it's not officer josten random behind me by sweatshirt grabs my whole in back through the door and slowing me around slamming underground ground. And that's a ticket. Mary could kim. I'm sukey lewis. And this is on our watch an investigative podcast from npr and qa. D look one of our big questions looking into the records. That were unsealed by the right to know. Act or senate bill. Fourteen twenty one was what the internal affairs process could tell us about policing and race. Departments rarely find officers acted with racism or bias. According to general statistics collected by the state an investigations dealing solely with racial bias are still exempt from disclosure even with sp fourteen twenty one but serious use of force cases. Were unsealed so our questions of race addressed. In those cases in california black people are more likely to be killed or seriously injured by the police according to data collected by the state. How do departments address these desperate outcomes. How do they investigate something. That's often invisible or ignored. My colleague. Santia dirks covers race and equity for k. d. And she helped make this show in today's episode. She's going to take us to stockton. California one of the most diverse cities in america and a place where police have killed black people at a rate five times higher than white people. It's also a place where the chief of police says really explicitly that he's trying to undo the racist legacy of policing shields. Thank you so much. In two thousand sixteen stockton police chief. Eric jones went to a black church. I knew what i needed to begin to. Make these acknowledgements. What's expecting console. And he stood in front of the crowd in his police uniform. Were you nervous. Oh yes. I was very nervous. Tensions are high everywhere. We can't deny that. I didn't know how the congregation we're gonna take it I also had several police officers. That were there too. And i didn't know how they were going to take it. And i want you to know. I will be relentless on both building community trust and also ensuring that our police officers are safe in their work and free from ambush attack then chief jones admitted something that shocked a lot of people the badge i wear that all my officers were of carries a burden with it and it does go back to Slave patrols policing in america began with making being black and free illegal. There are two stories of what happened back on that rainy day at the california stop gas station as sixteen year old. Joseph green is walking out of the store. The store he turns in faces me in grabs me up on my shirt my shoulders and when he grabbed me every in grabbed him in the story that officer johnson tells internal affairs. Joe greene is a violent adult who fights back as they scuffle so we heard of or holding each other shirts struggling pulling back and pushing fallen in. I'm trying to get him away from the front door. And then there's the story that joe greene tells where he's surprised by this man standing in line behind him taste offer suggestions johnson now once ever pushed it never pushed him. I couldn't cushion walking on dorm ideas and he come up granted. He pushed me backwards into a shelf. We both go down face. First into the linoleum or tyler. Whatever kind of florida's. But he goes fades down. I trip and fall We both go to the ground. Johnson pins green face down with his them. They're my neck back like right here. she's on police. Report show officer. Johnson weighed about two hundred and fifteen pounds. Joe green about one hundred fifty green says johnson's started punching him in the face clutching me like he was angry about. Celtic obtained. Like really lucky was angry. Ya in my face all all right here my nose and my mouth in my mouth and she just kept coaching. Alright year into my came on my mouth. Johnson does say he punched green twice. Was anything at this time. Yeah ah one point. I don't remember if he he was yelling. Go get my momma prior to me My partner to go get handcuffs but at some point in their. He's yelling somebody get my mom. I get my momma. Which kind of thought. Well is a little bit odd. But because i thought he was an adult elect rookie my mom when she bought upside down to the station by the time officer johnson pulls joe green up and takes them out of the store cuffed and under arrest. Greens mouth is bloodied. His face bruised the charges against him. Trespassing and resisting arrest. We contacted officer robert johnson and his lawyer multiple times to ask for an interview. They did not respond a month after. Joe greene is arrested. His mother sharon champion goes into the stockton police department to give a statement about the complaint. She filed against officer johnson and his partner the day of the incident. You told me. Look through allegations of misconduct or officers. You wanna know why are complaining. Someone came out to my aric. V elites are beating up. Your side went into the store at officer was on top of nights on opposite complaint form form And we'll following up that. And he says internal affairs is gonna look into it. So how long would it take for internal affairs contact me. I don't know it could be anywhere from two weeks to months because we do a very thorough investigation and then champion asks. What about officer johnson on st saragan laugh play. She tries to ask more questions. But the police lieutenant taking her statement says he can't talk about the incident. I was there and the teacher. I'll know god saying that. I have not seen a good deal. I was not there. Okay will on all that somebody in your same after the store on the told me he gave it to you by video at the time of this incident. Back in twenty eleven stocks. Police didn't have body cameras but the california stop did have a surveillance camera which means there's a recording of what really happened. I just feel like You say all this investigation but if all tape so the alibaba solvent. So against once i a or your commanders. Everybody look at it after all this other. Stuff all tight. It's grainy footage. The camera angle is wide occasionally. Some things are hard to see and there's no sound but it covers pretty much. The whole encounter pay. Somebody can be responsible. 'cause shaving i don't have a thousand dollars to give to the business to replace. His teeth may upset. It's him over his teeth out and he still working on the street. That like five. We'll we'll see what's the next step of employees. I was gonna shilton. It could be laugh but thank you so much for san me and taking my interview to here from april. A stereotype is is thought chief. Eric jones looks the part of police chief. But then that can turn into a prejudice. Which is actually a feeling you have you take that stereotype. Now that's actually on your heart in your heart and then discrimination would be acting upon that light guy salt and pepper hair square jaw. I grew up in small town. Usa very very white town. He says they didn't talk much about race. We just didn't have those discussions for me. They don't come natural like a lot of police. Chiefs jones has kind of a dual role part politician part cop and he uses the jargon the job we had this thing called courageous conversations with doing ceasefire work. Procedural justice legitimacy training. That is another word. That i think i know but i don't know that i know i explain it. A certain way to conferences to learn best practices. We brought a gun. Violence intervention strategy implements new initiatives. I think de escalation training is important and our officers. Things like trauma informed policing and so i think it comes down to training training training What is our culture of our department. What are our policies and he's trying to train racism out of his officers implicit bias training as the specific name of it. But it's all of our officers. Go through it. i went through it. I expect everybody from me. All the way down to two officers going out in the field. go through this training. So it's it's three eight hour days but as the phrase goes culture. Does he policy for lunch. Every time jones says yeah. A three day anti-bias training has its limits. The fact is right when they walk out of the training. Then they're going right back to the streets and so there can be a reverting back to write all these things we're trying to teach them to be aware of a lot of teaching happens not in the classroom but in the field lessons passed on by veteran officers. When you're training off young officers you take them to areas where you know. There's high crime. Oftentimes areas of color. This is retired. Police officer frederick. Koto he was sergeant in the san jose police department and he also worked in internal affairs. Say okay. I'm gonna teach you about someone being under the influence of drugs. We're gonna stop back over there. And i'm gonna show you everything body so they stop a person of color and they said this is what a crack addict looks like. Look at his pupils lookout dries. Lips are look how he's itching and scratching his skin. Look how his eyelids flutter when they close These are all objected symptoms of stimulant influence. Now when you make three or four those stops and they're all black and they're all crack addicts in that officer's mind going forward for much of his career he sees crack addicts as this is that also happened with. This is what a bad guy. Looks like percent hundred percent kodo says this not just as a police officer he also says this as a black man a black man who became a police officer in part after a couple of traffic stops where he says he felt profiled. A lot of departments do anti bias. Training similar to what jones is doing in stockton. They're kind of like the diversity workshops that more and more companies are adopting and koto says. It's a nice idea in theory officers in my will probably resent it probably make fun of it and fox Sensitivity training or cultural bias. Train has done their backup doing their thing. Today's date is may tech. Two thousand eleven is approximately fourteen of nine hours a few months. After joe greene's mom filed her complaint internal affairs brings an officer. Robert johnson the third for questioning arms or josh dover nicotine section with me. The sergeant is trying to determine if johnson had legal grounds to use force against green and to arrest. Okay and you had shown your bed identified police officer. Now you're you're you're now under arrest you think there's any doubt and mr grains mind at your kitchen was arrest him. No there was no doubt green. Says he didn't see johnson's badge. He did hear johnson say he was a cop but green says he didn't believe him because johnson wasn't wearing a uniform he was just in regular clothes for green to have actually resisted arrest. He had to know the johnson was a cop. It's not enough for an officer to just say i'm police. They have to show. Id and witnesses tell the investigator. They didn't realize johnson was a cop. Either like a casual guy to be honest with you. Got mechanic or something okay. So no bags. No man gonna like that house. Her on the surveillance footage you can see johnson out his badge from under his shirt. But it's not until green has already turned to walk away and then there's the issue of pushing who pushed who and how the two ended up on the ground. I pulled him by the shirt he immediately turned to me. Grabbed meaning pushed me into a shelf. And that's one of the pushing match went back and forth but on the video it doesn't look like a pushing match. Green doesn't grab officer johnson. He's still gripping that damage dollar bill in his hand. Then johnson says he in green trip over a stack of shopping baskets intentionally pushed by yourself over the the baskets or was it unintentional have tried to pull him away from the front door. Okay following attention. I didn't realize baskets. Johnson says it's this accidental fall that knocked greens teeth out. It's harder to tell on the video but green says it wasn't a fall. Johnson slammed him to the ground. A witness that the investigators spoke to backed up green as they go to the floor. Johnson says something catches his. I thought digital a little black digital scale Fell out from either. Some on his left side is hand is popular something. Johnson says this suggests screen is dealing drugs and that he's a threat generally with narcotics arresters weber's whether it be a knife a gun some type of a weapon in my experience people engaged in a narcotic sales tend to be a little bit more violent but no digital scale can be seen on the video and no digital scale is ever collected or booked into evidence. The internal affairs investigator doesn't even bring the scale up with any of the other witnesses. Not even with johnson's partner. Who was there that day. The only evidence we have for the digital scale is johnson's word. And then there's how he justifies using force my left knee right around the small his back trying to hold him down on someone he's already got pinned to the ground by had no handcuffs with me. I had no duty belt baton pepper sprayed. I had nothing but again in my hands off to the scale with violent he was. Johnson says he started punching joe green to protect himself. Start spins lead so he turns any spitting blood. I don't. I don't know this guy i don't know if he's got you know any bloodborne diseases I don't know anything about this guy's medical history. He claims he was afraid. Green could turn his head to the side and spit back over his shoulder into johnson's face. My concern is going to get blood in my mouth and went is Contract something get something on my clothes back home in the video. You can see. Joe greene on his stomach on the floor. His face down and one of the witnesses. The interviews says green only made spitting noises after johnson. Hit him any salad or seaney spitting before he got hit that he's been. I just like pablo there. There's one more thing that johnson does to joe greene. one more use of force. That happens on the video when joe green's been searched. He's handcuffed his hands behind his back. He's posing no threat all at this point to the extent you could even argue. He was you know there was some kind of threat there. And then officer. Johnson takes the back of his head picks it up and slams it into the floor and his feet fly up. This is charles tony. Pa- khuda the lawyer who would come to represent joe greene. He's describing this graphic moment in the video. Seems to happen for no reason to smash someone's face into the ground who's handcuffed and no threat at all. It doesn't make any sense. It's indefensible really. But johnson doesn't really need to defend himself to the internal affairs investigator because when he asks about this moment he doesn't bring up what the video shows. He just references green statement. That johnson banged his head on the ground and told him to shut up or he would hit him again and on the ground. No okay in. His head went down towards the ground and the two times that i punched him. Okay i a investigator dober- neck. He's supposed to be figuring out what really happened but he just let us go. In his interrogation of officer. Johnson the gaps between johnson story and. What the video shows are never asked about dover. Nick did not respond to requests for comment after. Joe greene is arrested. After he's taken out of the california stop at handcuffs. Johnson comes back to the aisle or he held green down. He's once again captured on the store. Surveillance video you can see him move a stack of shopping baskets the ones he says they tripped over and he puts them near the middle of the aisle then he photographs them but the problem is you can see in the video. That's not why the baskets were still johnson submits this photo of the baskets into evidence with his police report. The cover up was insane. I mean when i say like staging of evidence on camera and being caught doing it and then just lying about everything. Lie after lie. After lie from the badge to the scale to the bloodborne diseases to the baskets says these aren't just discrepancies it's a fabricated narrative. That's completely contradicted by the video evidence. There's this phrase in law enforcement circles contempt of cop it's shorthand for when cops go after someone arrest them or even attack them not for breaking the law but for making the mad or for not complying what was happening was he was basically assaulting joseph green for pop off to him in his view. Right in the internal affairs investigation. There's a moment when the eye investigator asks officer johnson like he didn't just let green go. I'm not saying you should have done this. And don't don't miss rambling. Is there a reason why you didn't allow him to leave out of the store instead of stopping him in in effecting the arrest this is a key question and one that could get it whether this arrest was necessary or legal and johnson's motivations really were johnson's answer for why he didn't just let gringo was that he was afraid. We're all these other people outside. I didn't know what might take place if he gets out there if he tells these people who knows what what could happen. Any number of scenarios could happen if he got out there to that crowd. His fear was of the people outside. I know the neighborhood around at market is not very pro-police. I've i've worked at neighborhood a lot a lot of years. We've had incidence with Arresting people having to deal with crowds. Come in and get involved in. Instead of arresting one person you end up arresting him you know trying to do with his style crowd. You know you don't know if they're gonna attack you if if what they're gonna do but on the video it's raining outside. There were no crowds. Just people filling up their tanks with gas. Johnson brings up hostile crowds again. This time inside the store after he's got green on the ground and he focuses in on one woman in particular. Several people come in the store. They're screaming or yelling. I mean she is the lousy. Everybody was screaming yelling. You know what the fox going on. And this and that just just getting loud. And i didn't realize who she was found out later founded. It was his mum. One of the witnesses. I talked to says there were only five people in the store and it was clear that the woman was greens. Mom is described the mom or demeanor. She angry a little bit of vogue angry and upset like he was saying. What are you doing to my son you know. She was yelling at the officer. And the other officer. You said ma'am please stay back and she was like no. I'm not gonna leave. This is my son The other officer that had the blood on the ground at told her ma'am if you don't even you're all you're going to jail as well and she said i'm not leaving There and that's when the boy said mamma might are on the momma might be every time law. The witness says it was hard to watch and he didn't know what to do other people. I cannot another lady bellas online. You let cry. And when i thought i cry i got home and i put my parents about it and they cry and what i saw on. The video was the complete opposite of the fear and concern for his safety that expresses in his statement to internal affairs and on that police report. That justified all the sports that use this is frederick. Koto again as a retired internal affairs. Sergeant i asked him to help me unpack. What happened in this. Ira this appear to me to be very much an attitude arrested. The officer didn't like the way he was being spoken to go to says. The whole arrest was tainted from the beginning. This person trying leave. Any amount of force oversight is accessible. 'cause there's nothing he doesn't have anything and he and i talked about all the things. The investigator failed to ask johnson. He didn't ask about how. The video doesn't match johnson story he didn't ask about why johnson moved the baskets he didn't push him on what happened to the alleged digital scale. But there's something else that never gets mentioned in this investigation. I highly doubt if that was a sixteen year. Old white person trying to pass a one dollar bill that had a tear in it but this would have created any fuss for the officer. I think he would have just let ago. Do you think the internal affairs process is set up to investigate or interrogate racial bias or racism. I think for most agencies. It probably is not in my experience. There's not a specific mechanism setup to identify it or pursue it. And you know toward a or curtailed without a mechanism. It can't plan to the radar. He says racist attitudes by police can be considered the normal cost of doing business. And that's a pretty high cost. Have racist officer and i find out. I'm going to fire officer chief. Eric jones has racist. Officers are not welcome in his police department. But what does it take to know. An officer is racist social media posts. White supremacist tattoos racist text messages. You know what we're usually talking about are these biases That are harder to put your finger on. Johnson makes all these familiar assumptions in his a interview. Joe greene looks like an adult is a dangerous drug dealer an anti police neighborhood. His mother is angry and threatening. Eric jones was deputy chief at the time in an email. We asked him to explain why these assumptions for questioned. He didn't respond to those questions. The investigation into officer robert johnson. The third does find that he used excessive force specifically the two punches to the face. They were unnecessary because the investigation found it wasn't possible for green to spit blood back at the officer. But that's it. The investigation doesn't find. Johnson was dishonest and from the records. We got it doesn't appear that they even looked into this. Johnson is given a five day on paid suspension as for joseph green. The district attorney did not pursue those charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. But there were other things. Greens frontier had been knocked out. He needed dental work out. Doing making buddhist to me liking not mccaughan. I'm only saying it out. Sixteen minutes ago to my life without keep him among the nightmares came almost every night and green would later tell a jury. He started wetting. His bed. could've came in the store like the way this man was hitting like he was mad about something like for real for real like something before that happened. He was mad. The waking was hidden. Yup also banged my head on the ground told me to shut up or he in and just the way was heating mandalite like having headaches ever since this day is what a month already having yesterday a month and having headaches upbeat having dreamed about it like i sleep at night every time i see a police in the street like i just scared like just like i just started shaking like i gotta get away because this incident is terrified financial and green and his mom file a lawsuit against the city officer. Johnson appeals his five day suspension. And eric jones become stockton's police chief the california. Stop the gas station where this all happened. It's right off the interstate across from an abandoned lot in south stockton. It's the part of town with a population is largely black and brown. This is also the neighborhood where chief eric jones was taught to police. I started with the stockton police department. Almost thirty years ago So this was in the early nineties. And i did numerous years as a patrol officer so as we would call pushing a black and white patrol car. He says it was classic war on drugs. Air policing it was all about quantity. Lots of stops lots of arrests in my commanders. Were saying go to the high crime areas and make as many arrests as possible and this was common for police departments everywhere at the time. More of a zero tolerance blanket enforcement in in these high crime areas which are also in stockton or communities of color. Do you think that was racist. Policing i think it definitely led to the higher racial disparities that we have and it also wasn't reducing crime so when jones becomes police chief in two thousand twelve he'd been deputy chief wind. Joe greene was arrested the year before he takes the helm of a department with few resources in a city with skyrocketing crime rates. That's when we had the highest amount of homicides seventy-one homicides that year We had some of the highest levels of mistrust going on We're going to bankruptcies in our staffing was low. Morale was low despite all of that. He thinks he can change things. Police chiefs have a lot of power to set policies to implement trainings. But when it comes to police discipline aren't the final word. That often goes to an arbitrator who can overrule police chiefs and cities disciplinary findings. As you've heard in previous episodes officers are entitled to an extensive appeals process. If they don't think they're disciplined is fair. They can appeal. And that's exactly. What officer johnson did and in two thousand fifteen. His case went to an arbitrator. An arbitrator is supposed to be a neutral third party whose job is to look at the facts and decide if the discipline was fair in john's case it was a woman named eleanor nelson. We called and e mailed multiple times. She didn't respond so to help me. Understand the arbitrators report. I called retired superior court judge literature. Cordell i was just stunned with the arbitrators. Finding the arbitrators rationale after serving as a judge cordell was the independent police auditor in san jose. So she understands a lot about police rules around usa force. She says the arbitrator didn't she has absolutely no law enforcement experience whatsoever. None zip zero helps. Which is why one of the reasons why. Her analysis is so flawed. In the arbitrators report officer johnson is the grievance and she takes his characterization of joe green and makes it her official finding from her report quote. Green is a liar. A horrible person and not credible end quote. She is taking johnson's words. Ask fact they're they're just fax. She just says and assumes everything he says is factual she starts describing the neighborhood. Here's what the arbitrator rights using direct quotes from officer johnson. The neighborhood was a high drug. Hi gang neighborhood on quoting that included a crime ridden hud housing development agreement. That's officer johnson. Safety concerns were heightened in the rough neighborhood. What she's saying is there going into hostile territory. They have to fear for their lives. Why because poor black people and brown people live in communities and by definition their suspect their violent and they're coming after police and there's that stereotypes it's racist and there's no basis for cordell says all these things johnson claimed in the ira all these reasons for his fear were based on stereotypes because it's so blatantly biased so blatantly ignoring What the actual facts were and because these biases were never questioned. The became the facts of the case. The arbitrator says she watched the video and she thinks green could have spit back up at johnson so his choice to punch green was appropriate. She finds that. Johnson did nothing wrong at the california stop and she overturns his five day suspension. It doesn't take any special training to be arbitrator. You have to apply but there's no requirements who have to meet except in most cases arbitrators have to be approved by the police union. The arbitrator's decision is binding and final. Which means even if the chiefs still want it to discipline johnson. He can't this is another layer of protection that police unions have fought for and won in many jurisdictions and california. There's another section of the arbitrators report. I want to highlight. Its twenty fifteen. When she's writing this report on the heels of national protests against police violence in ferguson new york and baltimore she says these quote political pressures cannot be the reason the city decides to discipline an officer. The arbitrator says johnson's five day suspension was simply not fair and appears to be a quote rushed to judgement. She says his supervisors didn't take into consideration. Johnston's fear for his life. After the california stop incident officer johnson went on to shoot and kill a black man in two thousand fourteen who is suspected of domestic violence. Three years later johnson again. Shot someone this time. Firing into a car at another domestic violence suspect the suspect's girlfriend was also inside the car. They both survived. Both of johnston's shootings were found to be legal in two thousand eighteen. A local club named robert johnson. The third officer of the year in a ceremony attended by chief jones in two thousand sixteen stockton. Police chief eric jones gets up during sunday service in that black church. Let's is grouping or nation down. We need he stands at a glass podium mic in hand on a carpeted stage tragedies and baton rouge and soda they've been another round of nationwide protests against police killings of black men tensions or high everywhere and we can't tonight at and we need to talk about and we know that there are tensions within this very community to the jones tells the story. It was an almost spontaneous decision to stay out loud. Something he'd been thinking for a while law enforcement enforcement agents of the government right right now did we not have slave laws at one time in this country on racial lots major disparity then at the end that continues today and who was forcement arm of that was law enforcement. Me in seventeen four charleston. South carolina established. Its first formal slave patrol. Some of the first police departments. If you will Were really slave patrols and would catch runaway. Slaves with jones was doing rare jones. Knew it was rare. Said is there was a time where police were used to be. Dispatched to keep lynchings civil. It's a fact of our history that we have to nice to college. It's not that the police necessarily wanted to do those things. They were tasked with it because they were the enforcers of government. In general police. Do not talk about the racist history of their profession. And i actually saw the body language of both my staff and the congregation. I could tell. Just kind of intuitively can really tell that It was something that was surprising for them to hear but made sense to them. This is the first time jones publicly talks. About how policing in this country started as a way to enforce slavery but it wouldn't be the last. He implements these community conversations. Part of a truth and reconciliation program at the church. Jones makes a nod to the present. Now we also have seen injustices by law enforcement and more recent times and law enforcement needs to acknowledge that as well and there's a law enforcement leader. I want to tell you i won't stand for injustices with the police far within my seeing but for the most part it's clear that jones is talking about something that happened a long time ago. It was important that i framed it in a certain way to wear wasn't calling my officers racist right there in the in the room. Truth and reconciliation. Initiatives are meant to create a space to honestly confront the past so that history isn't written by the oppressors. Now i do that. These officers did not do that. But the batch we wear still does carry the burden and we end so history doesn't repeat itself. God bless long. Thank you very much tonight. We dive into a story that has stopped residents and grieving. Mother demanding answers from police. We reported the story when kobe friday was shot by stop police in august. Two thousand sixteen right in the middle of the truth and reconciliation process one of chief jones's officers shoots and kills a black man. It's a really controversial police. Shooting and witnesses contradict the officer's version of events. How did that impact the work because on one level. You're you guys are trying to kind of bring the community together to talk honestly and on the other level. There's something that is ripping the community part. It goes back to the community bank or the right. You're making deposits to of community trust. Because you never know when you organization may have to have a withdrawal hit meaning that was controversial and we just lost a lot of trust or legitimacy the way they view the department. It's just constant work. Jones says he can't really talk openly with the public about incidents like that one he has to worry about liability and officers rights. So we couldn't talk to us in detail about officer johnson or what happened to joe greene either. Sometimes i want to be able to talk to the community or even a family in a way that i'm just not able to to navigate. That is really really tough. And while he points out that in the past few years police shootings and uses of forests have been trending down. He acknowledges that there are still major disparities in who gets policed. What we're seeing is our black residents and are hispanic residents are being. Traffic stopped arrested and used force on more than more than the other groups. That is the city manager. And i talked about a million dollar question is why going through the records. We couldn't help but notice. What wasn't there officers. Like johnson are rarely if ever asked about race. Rarely asked if their reasons for making arrests and traffic stops and using force were based on stereotypes about a person's criminality drug use violence or racist assumptions about certain neighborhoods. We've now read through hundreds of cases. Unsealed by sb fourteen. Twenty one and this isn't a complete analysis but so far we've only found one case that really dug into questions of racial bias. It involves an officer who was disciplined for lying about why she pulled over a black man. So how can you find what you're not really looking for in stockton between two thousand sixteen when the state started collecting complaint data and twenty thousand nine hundred. There were eleven official complaints. Alleging racial profiling or bias by stockton police officers. But none of these complaints were sustained which means they weren't backed up by the findings of an internal investigation on a grey day in january. Twenty twenty nine years after the incident joseph green and his mother finally get their day in san joaquin county superior court. It took so long to get here because of the city's bankruptcy. The civil trial lasted several days. I couldn't record in the courtroom. But i took a lot of notes when officer johnson took the stand. Joe greene's lawyer played the surveillance video and asked him about that moment where johnson appears to slam greens head into the ground. That's me rolling. Mr green back. Johnson told the jury. I picked him up by his shoulders and wrote him back over to his stomach. We roll people over all the time to pat them down. The jury didn't believe johnson. They found his arrest of joe greene wrong and his force. Excessive they also found that johnson acted with malice oppression or fraud and they awarded green seven hundred ten thousand dollars officer. Johnson is still working at the stockton police department after the child. Joe greene agreed to talk with me. But those plans always fell through. He texted me late one evening. And september twenty twenty after the intense summer of protests. The renewed chance of black lives matter all this police. Brutality is out of control he wrote. It's every time you look up somebody else's getting killed his case didn't go viral. It didn't attract national attention or lead to protests. He didn't die all these years later. Green still doesn't have an answer to the question. He asked at the time face in like in my head every day every day since this happened and i don't know man this man he was really mad about something about something like i don't know what it was the meeting this saying i would say nothing until the man you feel me. Even though he opposes. Okay what do i do. What did i do to deserve. Classy near coming up next time. A police officer in salinas. California can't seem to file his reports on time needed to finish your like. I can finish tomorrow and for you notice a crap. I haven't heard yet for really long time but it turns out the department leading something much more serious slipped through the cracks and we expected this woman to do investigation reporting decision making pushing the system to work. She was made to push a river. And i was just cruel. I'm sukey lewis and this is on our watch. As we mentioned earlier we want to know what kinds of stories you'd like to hear more of please go to npr dot org slash podcast survey to complete a short survey. That's npr dot org slash. Podcast survey all one word. Thanks the show is produced by me. Sandy dirks adalina. Lanc- unease. Cynthia but tuba and the spiralling haunting non is our data reporter editing by leila day and our senior supervising producer. Nicole beam bore with help from alex. Emslie the records highlighted in this podcast were obtained as part of the california reporting project a collaborative effort forty newsrooms created after the passage of senate. 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Montgomery and prince george's county is in maryland or joining the district in requiring residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces that's regardless of their vaccination status the montgomery county council voted on the change on thursday council president. Tom hucker said the delta variant forced the county to make the move. We we certainly didn't want to be your health. Officials have determined that this variant highly transmissible and requires actions to reduce the spread montgomery counties indoor mask mandate takes effect saturday at midnight. The prince george's county indoor mask order goes into effect on sunday at five pm. It's consider this from npr. And w amu. Oh virginia governor ralph northern announced new cove nineteen vaccine requirements for state employees. Yesterday starting september first government workers will need to show proof of vaccination or submit a weakly negative corona virus test in virginia at a news conference nor them address residents who may be hesitant to get a vaccine. The time for waiting is over. Millions of people around the world have been vaccinated and we afa now as we do each week. Let's look at what's going on. Around the region. Are arts arts feature get out. There are breaking news editor lori. Mchugh and arts and culture reporter. Elliot williams join me to discuss new museums to visit so we talk about the region's museums a lot in the segment. I hear there are some new ones opening up so laurie. What's the deal. I'll start with one near dupont circle. There's a new chinese american museum that's set to be opening up pretty soon And this weekend you can check out a little sneak peak. The museum is gonna be open for first fridays. That's dupont's monthly tradition of opening the doors of galleries and museums for a little happy hour. As for the museum itself it's still in development And they say they are dedicated to the chinese american story. It's it's history and culture and the voice of that community so for example this weekend They're gonna be showing off their exhibit. It's called wild. Cranes and features a lot of poetry. Written in traditional chinese calligraphy. Sounds really neat for history lovers. You might want to check out the josaia henson museum and park that opened up in april in north bethesda. It spans over three aigars and highlights. The story of jews. Iowa hansen He was enslaved in montgomery county for much of his life and his autobiography inspired. Harriet beecher stowe's novel. Uncle toms cabin. Miracle okay elliot. Let's turn to you. What about other galleries or less traditional museum spaces that are opening up in dc. Is there anything out there there. Sure is. I've been talking to justin yati johnson known to many as yadi who started long live gogo. That's the group behind the gogo truck and the motel concerts. That started two summers ago. And we're really popular last summer amid ongoing protests so on sunday yada and long live gogo. They're opening up the mode. Hello market on eighth street over on capitol hill. I got a preview of that space a few weeks ago. It's going to be this sort of large gallery with art. From the motel protests on the walls. They put out a book not too long ago and they'll be selling that book along with shirts and other merchandise this opening weekend they will have yet to be named gogo band playing live in the back of the space. One more thing. Laurie what is this. I'm seeing about an immersive exhibit featuring the works of a certain famous dutch painter. Imagine being in this giant room with digital projections of some of vincent van goghs most popular works. It's meant to feel like you're inside of a giant van gogh painting and the thing is this idea is pretty popular. There are a handful of companies that are traveling around the world and setting up. These immersive exhibits that are specifically about then goes work now to be clear and for everyone's googling purposes the one that's opening up in dc. This weekend is called van. Gogh colin the immersive experience And they just announced that that There exhibit is going to be. Add you brian. Street development on rhode island avenue northeast. The show is supposed to be open through january and From what i've seen tickets have been going really really fast. Let me officially register my disappointed. Not use the official dutch pronunciation of van gogh There laurie but we'll we'll move on my apologies savannah looking at the weekend. Elliot what are you getting up to. Well i've been watching the last few days of the olympics. I'm hoping to head to the glenn. Stone museum out in potomac. They you know the modern museum. There has extended hours until september fifth and guaranteed intrigued from five to seven. Pm every day there's also guaranteed entry for students active military as well as museum professionals. So definitely worth checking out if you've been in those groups very interesting okay. Elliot williams is or art and culture reporter. Laurie mchugh is our breaking news editor. You can find additional coverage of arts and culture on our website w. a. m. u. dot org and of course at dot com elliott. And laura. thank you thanks. Thanks folks thank you for joining us for consider this from npr. And w am you listen again next time and we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the washington region and elsewhere in your world. I'm rachel courteous. And i'm jonathan wilson.