Political: Inspecting the Bunker

Emily, John and David discuss the protests against police brutality and racism, Trump’s increasingly authoritarian response, and the pandemic--with guest Jamelle Bouie.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
John: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “What Will College Be Like in the Fall?”
Emily: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
David: The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins; Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly”
Listener chatter from David Foreman: Aeon Video: “‘Quite A Height, Ah?’ A Tour of the Chrysler Building by Those Building It” 

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

The New York Times: “After 6 Months, Important Mysteries About Coronavirus Endure”

The Lancet: “Physical Distancing, Face Masks, and Eye Protection to Prevent Person-to-Person Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”

Monmouth University Polling Institute: “Protestors’ Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be: Most Say Police More Likely to Use Excessive Force on Black Individuals”

Shant Shahrigian for The New York Daily News: “De Blasio Staffers Demand ‘Radical Change From Mayor’ in Open Letter: Read Full Text”

German Lopez for Vox: “How to Reform American Police, According to Experts”
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