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TBD | Did @jack Ruin Twitter?

Fri, 03 Dec 2021
On Monday, Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter. It’s not the first time he’s left the job. 

Is this really the end for the man who guided Twitter through the Trump era? And how will the platform change without him at the helm?

Guest: Nick Bilton, special correspondent at Vanity Fair

Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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Why No One Told Chris Cuomo No

Thu, 02 Dec 2021
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was recently placed on indefinite leave by the network for his involvement in the damage control operations of his brother, former NY governor Andrew Cuomo, over the last year. A trove of documents revealed that Chris had overstepped ethical lines to help protect Andrew while he was under fire for allegations of sexual harassment. 

Why did the younger Cuomo wade into the political muck, putting his job at risk? And will CNN hold him accountable?

Guest: Erik Wemple, media critic for the Washington Post.

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Everything We (Don’t) Know About Omicron

Wed, 01 Dec 2021
In November, South Africa alerted the world to Omicron, a new strain of COVID-19. Then, as cases began to pop up worldwide, the World Health Organization labeled it a “variant of concern.” What do we know about Omicron, and just how worried should we be?

Guest: Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, assistant professor with the School of Public Health at UTHealth and author of Your Local Epidemiologist on Substack.

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Are the Democrats Making Child Care Even Worse?

Tue, 30 Nov 2021
Child care has long been a “textbook example of a broken market,” as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said this fall. How have government efforts so thoroughly failed to fix this industry? And does Biden’s infrastructure bill threaten to hamper child care businesses even more?
Guest: Claire Suddath, writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. 
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RIP to the SAT

Mon, 29 Nov 2021
If you had to take the SAT for your college admissions process, you largely have the University of California System to thank for that. When the university adopted the test in 1968, hundreds of other colleges followed suit. But now, U.C. has decided not to use standardized tests in admissions anymore. Could the decision spur a retooling of the college admissions process more broadly? 
Guest: Teresa Watanabe, education reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
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