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Listen to encouraging words from a kindergartener on the "Peptoc Hotline"
Listen to the encouraging words from kindergarteners.
Jaden Amos, of USA TODAY Opinion, talks about Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Jaden Amos, of USA TODAY Opinion, talks about Russia's invasion of Ukraine by USA TODAY
Atlantic Council's Terrell Jermaine Starr on what's going on in Ukraine
Atlantic Council nonresident fellow Terrell Jermaine Starr on what's going on in Ukraine hours after Russia's invasion began.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minster Oleksiy Honcharuk Russia's invasion
Oleksiy Honcharuk, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, on the conditions in Ukraine just hours after Russia begun missile strikes on the country.
How one woman fled Afghanistan for freedom
Staying could mean death. The escape nearly killed her. Read along as you listen to this story: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/world/2021/09/30/afghanistan-evacuation-fatema-hosseini-escape-taliban-checkpoints-kabul-airport/5822817001/
Garrett DeWyse audio recording of meeting with Sheriff William Federspiel
In a lawsuit agains the Saginaw County, Mich. Sheriff's Office, Garrett DeWyse said Sheriff William Federspiel reassigned him to pick up roadkill after he complained about the office's practices in using forfeiture money. The following is a recording of a meeting DeWyse recorded and presented to investigators in the case.
Garcetti v. Ceballos - Opinion Announcement - May 30, 2006
U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy reads the 5-4 majority opinion in the case of Garcetti v. Ceballos, a decision that first amendment advocates say brought particularly devastating consequences for police whistleblowers.
When it comes to existing while Black, 'you never know which way it's going to go'
Two USA TODAY opinion editors talk about the outcome of the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial and their experiences existing while Black in America.
Oresa Napper-Williams on finding out her son had been shot
Napper-Williams says that she froze when she got the call that her son had been shot.
Oresa Napper-Williams on starting Not Another Child
Not Another Child hosts tournaments for kids in New York City and offers group counseling for mothers who have lost their children to gun violence.
Oresa Napper-Williams on her son's summer at Juilliard
Napper-Williams says her son was different than most kids his age. He played classical music, attended a summer program at Juilliard and got an award for roller blading.
Oresa Napper-Williams on what she misses about her son
Napper-Williams had her son when she was a senior in high school. She says the "grew up together."
Oresa Napper-Williams is trying to keep her son's legacy alive
Oresa Napper-Williams talks about her son as much as she can. She started her nonprofit to help kids before they get caught in gangs and gun violence. She does all of this to keep her son's legacy alive.
"Every Day Is A Gift" excerpt by Senator Tammy Duckworth
In this clip from her audiobook, learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today.
For Noah Rosenzweig, the pandemic was the right time to start gender-affirming care
Noah Rosenzweig, 23, lives in northwest Washington, D.C. with his dog, Pilot. He graduated from Georgetown University in May 2020. Before the pandemic, Rosenzweig envisioned graduation as a set of twin finish lines: he'd be a degree-holder and he could finally medically transition. Then lockdowns hit and everything was put on pause. Rosenzweig wouldn't be seeing his family for months and there was suddenly less pressure to stick to the planned timeline. In April, one month before graduating,...
Recorded call from Lania (Warning: This call may be difficult for some listeners to hear.)
Carmine Lania threatens his wife, Lena Hale, and her children during a recorded phone conversation.
Conservative mom, liberal son are an inspiration for divided nation
A mother, who voted for President Donald Trump, and her son, who voted for President-elect Joe Biden, talk about their differences on abortion, gay rights and the mother's struggle with COVID during a phone call that proved more unifying than not.
Thabiti Anyabwile on the violation of loyalty, safety and trust in police brutality
Thabiti Anyabwile preaches about the harms of police brutality at the pulpit and marches on the streets of Washington, D.C. Listen to an excerpt from a sermon about blood on the streets of America. For more Leaders of Change, visit leadersofchange.usatoday.com.
Dawn Porter: 'He kept looking for the ways that he could help'
Persistence. Diligence. Hope. Optimism. Those are the characteristics that filmmaker Dawn Porter associates with late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Hear her talking about the making of her latest movie "Good Trouble" about Lewis, and more of her work, which focuses on social justice and the parts of America that many of us don't see. For more Leaders of Change, visit leadersofchange.usatoday.com.
Bubba Wallace: 'Even when it's hate from the POTUS, love wins'
Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace stood up to President Donald Trump and against the Confederate flag in the racing world by calling for a ban and asking young people who follow the sport to set a high standard for themselves. Listen for more about Black professional drivers, Wallace's stand and the role social justice is playing in NASCAR. For more Leaders of Change, visit leadersofchange.usatoday.com.