The New Yorker
Apr 7, 2020
Scenes from a day of weirdness in quarantine in New York City as New Yorkers socially distance to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Times Square, Grand Central Station, subways, and streets appear eerily empty while the residents of the five boroughs have taken shelter at home to curb the outbreak of COVID-19.
Apr 11, 2020
With New York City becoming the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., some city dwellers are looking to get out of town. Travel companies are seeing a surge in demand for rentals in rural areas outside the city.
Apr 11, 2020
The United States has become first country in the world to record more than 2,000 deaths associated with coronavirus in a single day. There have now been more than 20,000 deaths in the US in total and more than 500,000 confirmed cases of the disease. New evidence suggests the danger from the virus is greatest for people from minority communities. In the UK most doctors who have died have been of black, asian or minority ethnic heritage. Patients from these backgrounds also seem to be more likely to need intensive care. Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News reports from North America Correspondent Nick Bryant in New York and Community Affairs Correspondent Rianna Croxford.
Apr 11, 2020
Coronavirus cases in the United States doubled this week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half a million Americans have COVID-19. But some say life will never be the same — even for those who will not contract the disease. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti shows us how the US is ending up with two different populations. Originally published at – https://morigin.voanews.eu/a/us-predi…
Apr 9, 2020
Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist and senator for Vermont, has announced the end of his 2020 presidential campaign. But what does that mean for the progressive movement? And is it really over? Sanders found support among young people on issues like Medicare For All, climate change, legalization of marijuana and ending mass incarceration – issues that activist Linda Sarsour says the progressive movement should continue to focus on. We speak to Sarsour on what the defeat of Sanders means, what Joe Biden needs to do to persuade progressives to vote for him and whether “Bernie or bust” is a real threat come November.
Apr 9, 2020
Amid the intensification of the coronavirus pandemic, in the United States early data is suggesting that Black and Latinx communities make up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths. In Chicago alone, where Black people make up just 30% of the population, 70% of the city’s deaths were Black residents. In Louisiana, African Americans comprise 32% of the population, but 70% of the COVID-19-related deaths. Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a family physician and epidemiologist, says that COVID-19 exposes a two-fold manifestation of racism in the U.S., and Black communities are at particular risk due to greater “exposure” and “vulnerability” to the virus. “We are in more front-facing, low-income, underappreciated jobs, where we are part of the essential workforce that really isn’t getting its full attention, and certainly not getting the full protection that we need,” she says.
Premiered Apr 10, 2020
How did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of COVID-19 every 47 seconds? We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, discussing this unprecedented moment in history, and its political implications, as Senator Bernie Sanders announces he is suspending his campaign for the presidency. Chomsky also describes how frontline medical workers and progressive organizing are giving him hope.
Amanpour and Company
Mar 31, 2020
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens is known for advising key GOP campaigns like Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid. Now he has written a powerful mea culpa for the Washington Post, laying the blame for what he regards as President Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus pandemic squarely at the feet of all Republicans. Michel speaks with Stevens about all this and about his new book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.” Originally aired on March 31, 2020.
From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal exposé of how his party became what it is today
Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new book he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass.
This is not a book about how Donald J. Trump hijacked the Republican Party and changed it into something else. Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Stevens shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP’s DNA, from Goldwater’s opposition to desegregation to Ronald Reagan’s welfare queens and states’ rights rhetoric. He gives an insider’s account of the rank hypocrisy of the party’s claims to embody “family values,” and shows how the party’s vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room.
It Was All a Lie is not just an indictment of the Republican Party, but a candid and often lacerating mea culpa. Stevens is not asking for pity or forgiveness; he is simply telling us what he has seen firsthand. He helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man and now he wants nothing more than to see what it has become burned to the ground.