A Deeper Look at Black Lives Matter and Its Impact

Jul 06, 2020

Good morning from Washington, home to one of the nation's 13 official chapters of Black Lives Matter, which suddenly seems to be everywhere. Kevin Mooney reports on the organization's structure and finances. Why the spike in COVID-19 in Florida? Doug Badger looks closer. On the podcast, a top health official says sheltering in place has mental health consequences. Plus: the promise of the latest jobs report; the need for a revival in civics lessons; and, on "The Right Side of History,"  the truth about Washington's mother. On this date in 1957, Althea Gibson—born in South Carolina and reared in Harlem—wins the women's singles tennis title at Wimbledon, becoming the first African American to do so.

By Kevin Mooney

Black Lives Matter, which has taken center stage in media coverage of protests against police tactics and "systemic racism," first gained notoriety after the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black high school student.
By Doug Badger

While the state has shown a big increase in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases, there also are signs that those increases might not lead to a spike in hospitalizations and deaths.
By Timothy Doescher

The United States has now added more jobs in the past two months than we did in the 46 months following the height of unemployment during the Great Recession.
By Virginia Allen

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for mental health and substance use, joins the show to explain the physiological effects of extended isolation.
By Fred Lucas

Despite a sometimes complex relationship with his mother, Washington said a maternal hand led him to manhood, Craig Shirley writes in "Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother."
By Katharine Gorka

Ignorance of America's founding among today's youth has led many of them to seek justice in ways that will lead to tyranny.

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