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Your Re-opening Anxieties

For so long we've been told to isolate, and stay inside if we can. As states move to reopen, it's only natural to feel some anxiety about leaving the house. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and aut



Pres. Trump and American Democracy

David Frum, Atlantic staff writer, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (Harper 2020), offers his take on the president's leadership in this crisis and in general.   Event: "P&



A Harm Reduction Model for COVID-19

 All 50 states are now in various stages of reopening. Dr. Leana Wen , emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, argues that



How Schools are Exploring Safely Reopening

Schools are trying to figure out how they'll be able to reopen safely. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talks about what school might look like in the fall.



The Latest COVID-19 News

Dr. Howard Koh, professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014), talks about the latest COVID-19 news.



NYS Legislature Back at Work

Robert Jackson, NYS Senator (D 31st, West & Upper Manhattan), talks about the return to session for the legislature, plus his recent hearing on COVID-19's disparate impact on minorities.



Reimagining Education Post-COVID

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo appointed an advisory panel to “reimagine education.” Noliwe Rooks, professor of literature and of Africana Studies, as well as the director of American Studies, at Cornell University and the author of Cutting School: P



The President's RNC Threats

Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt talks about President Trump's threats to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina if the governor can't guarantee the event will be able to move forward at full capacity.



National Politics with Senator Booker

U.S. Senator (D, NJ), Cory Booker, talks about the latest national political news.



Together Separately for Eid al-Fitr

This weekend, Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. Kashif Shaikh, co-founder and executive director Pillars Fund, a foundation that elevates the leadership, tale