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John Legend On 'Bigger Love'; Marine Heatwave Hits Atlantic Ocean

Award-winning musician John Legend released the album "Bigger Love" in June. We speak with him about politics, family and releasing an album during a pandemic. Also, the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the U.S. is experiencing a marine heatwave this summer. An oceanographer discusses what this means for ocean life and weather patterns.


Census Cut Short; The End Of US Innovation

NPR has learned that the Census Bureau will end door-knocking efforts one month before previously scheduled. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang explains the implications of that move. Also, governments and biotech companies worldwide are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. It's the kind of practical application of basic science that Ilan Gur, CEO of the tech fellowship program Activate, says the U.S. used to lead the world in. But he says, the U.S. "fell asleep at the wheel."


Teacher Writes Will Ahead Of Schools Reopening; NBA Returns

As schools plan to reopen soon, worried teachers say they have many unanswered questions about how it will all work. We speak with Denise Bradford, a teacher who is writing a will and preparing for the worst. Also, the NBA returned Thursday night after a five-month hiatus due to the pandemic. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has the latest from Orlando, where the league held two games in its $150 million bubble at Walt Disney World.


What Rep. Lewis' Legacy Means For Today's Protests; Zimbabwe Journalist Arrest

As people remember the late Rep. John Lewis at his funeral on Thursday, we look at what his fight for civil rights means for activists today. We speak with Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. Also, Dewa Mavhinga of Human Rights Watch joins host Lisa Mullins to talk about journalist Hopewell Chin'ono and why the government of Zimbabwe wants him in jail.


COVID-19 In ICE Detention Centers; Using Video Games For Military Recruitment

Despite high infection rates in Texas immigrant detention centers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are failing to provide adequate social distancing and medical care. Houston Public Media's Elizabeth Trovall has this story based on nearly 30 interviews with detainees. Also, we talk to Ben Brock Johnson about why the military has had great success recruiting via video games.


Al Roker Memoir; Greece Expects Increase In Migrants

The number of migrants arriving in Europe has dropped significantly since 2015, when more than a million people arrived by boat and foot, fleeing conflict in Syria and other countries in the Middle East and Africa. Eva Cossé, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in Athens, joins us to talk about the migrants who are living in and arriving in Greece. And, "Today" host Al Roker joins us to discuss his new memoir, "You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success."


Kanye West's Behavior And Mental Health; David Lammy On Tribalism

Erratic behavior is something of a brand for Kanye West, but his disclosure that he lives with bipolar disorder also necessitates that we think about his behavior through a mental health lens. Mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi joins us. Also, David Lammy is one of the British Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. In 2007, he started a quest to explore his own African roots that resulted in his book "Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break...


Summer Road Trip During Pandemic; Gold Prices Soar

The COVID-19 pandemic may have halted a lot of international travel, but that's not stopping people from having safer adventures closer to home. This summer, many people are embarking on road trips to see some of the country's natural landmarks. We talk with Kayla Gilchrist about her trip across the U.S. Also, gold has soared nearly 30% so far this year. Silver, meanwhile, on Monday, experienced strong gains, surging above $26, which is its highest level in seven years.


Trump's Environmental Rollbacks During COVID-19; Frederick Douglass Collection

One of the country's most important and unique collections of Frederick Douglass artifacts are now part of the Yale Beinecke Library collection. Collector Walter O. Evans joins us to talk about the artifacts. Also, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has been ramping up its effort to roll back long-standing environmental regulations on water, air and climate change. Climate reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis discusses the rollbacks and their impact on politics and the...


COVID-19 Neurological Symptoms; 'Rednecks For Black Lives'

Up until June, Greg Reese had a Confederate flag magnet on the trunk of his car. But George Floyd's killing changed his perspective, and he's since created the slogan "Rednecks for Black Lives." And, doctors have reported an increasing number of cases where COVID-19 patients have suffered paralysis. We speak with a critical care doctor in Houston on the disturbing trend.


Solar Probe Takes Closest-Ever Photos Of Sun; Zadie Smith's Essay Collection

The first images taken by a new solar probe stunned scientists at the European Space Agency and NASA. The pictures revealed miniature solar flares all over the sun's surface. We talk with Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, NASA deputy project scientist for the solar orbiter. Also, writer Zadie Smith reflects on the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement in a new essay collection.


Unemployment Questions Answered; Janet Napolitano On Federal Agents In Cities

The Trump administration's expansion of Operation LeGend, sending federal agents into cities with the stated mission of fighting violent crime, is raising a lot of questions. Janet Napolitano, the outgoing president of the University of California and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary under President Obama, joins us to discuss. And, as pressure builds on Congress to help millions of unemployed Americans, an expert addresses some listener questions about the process.


ComicCon Goes Virtual; US Attorney For New Mexico On Operation LeGend

The San Diego Comic-Con has become a huge venue for TV, movies and games to make a splash. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the impact of the convention moving online. And, this week, President Trump announced the expansion Operation LeGend that will send federal agents to U.S. cities with the stated mission of fighting violent crime. Democrats see the deployment of federal agents as an extension of the president's reelection campaign. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with John C. Anderson,...


Florida Expert On COVID-19 Strategy; Language Of Racism

For the first time in two weeks, the U.S. recorded 1,000 deaths in a single day from the coronavirus. Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist at Florida International University, joins us to discuss why she's calling for a national unified strategy to tackle the pandemic. And, Rutgers University linguist Kristen Syrett is among many saying it's time to expunge certain expressions from our vocabulary that are rooted in slavery.


'Silent Majority' Phrase Resurfaces; Portland's Wall Of Moms

Trump recently tweeted about the "silent majority," a phrase Nixon used to refer to when he asked for support. Professor Angie Maxwell explains whether the phrase can be applied to today's politics. Also, in Portland, Oregon, the emergence of a new group of protesters, the so-called "Wall of Moms," in the past few days has garnered support for their pleas to protect the city's youth and turning protest slogans into lullabies. We talk to one of the original organizers, Beverley "Bev" Barnum.


Anti-Racism Curriculum; Black-Owned Broadcasters

As schools try to reopen, some have pledged to consider an anti-racism curriculum. John Hobson of Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins us to discuss the district's Reframing the Narrative program. And, Black broadcasters in the U.S. are seeking to expand radio station ownership opportunities for people of color. Carol Moore Cutting, owner of Cutting Edge Broadcasting, joins us to discuss some of those efforts.


Racism As A Public Health Crisis; Restaurant Server Shares COVID-19 Fears

Under the shadow of the coronavirus and amid protests over police brutality, the notion that racism is a public health crisis has taken hold in communities across the country. But what kind of action will follow? WCPN ideastream's Nick Castele reports. Also, service workers on the front lines of COVID-19 are more vulnerable to contracting the virus. Host Tonya Mosley speaks to Brian Ramian, a restaurant server who recently wrote about his fears at work in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.


Florida Teachers Union Sues State; Jim Carrey's New Novel

The Florida Education Association is suing the state of Florida over its plans to fully reopen schools five days a week in August. We talk to Fedrick Ingram, union president, about his concerns. Also, host Tonya Mosley speaks with Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, authors of "Memoirs and Misinformation," a new novel that centers around an actor named Jim Carrey.


COVID-19 Long-Hauler; Former Police Officer Fired For Intervening In Chokehold

COVID-19 long-haulers are a mix of older and younger patients whose symptoms last months after the infection is over, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Among them is 40-year-old New York psychiatrist Dr. Scott Krakower, who joins us to talk about his long fight with the coronavirus. And, host Robin Young speaks with Cariol Horne, a former Black police officer in Buffalo, New York, who was fired after she intervened to stop a white police officer who had placed a chokehold on a Black suspect.


'1619 Project' Continues To Resonate; Trump Evangelical Adviser

The New York Times' "1619 Project" is being adapted into a book and film in a project with Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones joins us to discuss how the Pulitzer Prize-winning project continues to resonate. And, recent polls show that President Trump's support among white evangelical Christians is dropping. But Trump adviser Mike Evans says when it comes time to vote, most will remain loyal to the president.