Daily Archives: March 22, 2020

As UK schools and pubs close, London avoids lockdown for now

PBS NewsHour

Mar 21, 2020

London is not under lockdown, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered schools, pubs, and other social venues to close, except for delivery and take out, and people have been warned to stay indoors whenever possible. Frank Langfitt, NPR correspondent and author of “The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China,” joins Hari Sreenivasan with more.

What trends are researchers seeing in coronavirus research?

PBS NewsHour

Mar 22, 2020

An interactive map tracking the number of coronavirus cases globally in near real time has become an important tool for researchers, health officials and the public at large. It was created by Johns Hopkins engineering professor Lauren Gardner and her graduate student Ensheng Dong. Hari Sreenivasan spoke to Gardner about how the interactive map works and what trends they are seeing.

The Greatest Heist You’ve Never Heard Of | Retro Report | The New York Times

The New York Times

Jan 7, 2014

One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia. They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans. The case was unsolved, until now.

“How to Hide an Empire”: Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States

Democracy Now!

Mar 5, 2019

“How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States.” That’s the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation’s overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book’s author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, “At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven’t been, by and large, is seen.” Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University.

Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid & How to Organize in the Age of Coronavirus


Democracy Now!

Mar 20, 2020

As lockdowns and layoffs sweep the U.S., mutual aid groups are forming to protect and provide for the vulnerable, including the elderly, incarcerated, undocumented and unhoused. We look at the incredible community networks across the country that are coming together to protect their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic — and how you can get involved. From Washington state to the Bay Area, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and New York City, thousands of mutual aid efforts are aimed at building solidarity, not charity. We speak with two longtime mutual aid organizers and activists in two hot spots of the pandemic. In New York City, Mariame Kaba is a longtime organizer, abolitionist, education and the founder of the grassroots organization Project NIA, which works to end the incarceration of children and young adults. She has raised tens of thousands of dollars and redistributed it to groups across the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and she just did a public conference call with Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on mutual aid. In Seattle, Washington, Dean Spade is an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. He is the creator of mutual aid resource website Big Door Brigade.

“This Is a War,” Says Doctor on COVID-19. “We Are at the Beginning of a Surge, and It’s Terrifying.”

Democracy Now!

Mar 20, 2020

We continue our interview with Stanford University’s global health expert Dr. Michele Barry, an infectious disease doctor, with an in-depth look at the response in the United States to the coronavirus and how it compares to other countries, why she calls it a “ticking time bomb” for Africa, why testing is so important, whether it is safe to take ibuprofen, the race to find the best potential treatments, and much more.

Doctor: As Coronavirus Cases Spike Worldwide, We Need Global Cooperation to Halt Spread

Democracy Now!

Mar 20, 2020

As the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 10,000, with over 250,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, we speak with Stanford University’s global health expert Dr. Michele Barry, an infectious disease doctor. Italy has surpassed China in coronavirus deaths, and cases are rising in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as the governor of California has ordered all 40 million residents to shelter in place.