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Revisiting Two Cities At The Front Line Of The War On Drugs

American communities were devastated by addiction and the war on drugs. Now they’re struggling for a future but the damage runs deep. Healing and hope often clash with overdose deaths and poverty.

How Front Line Workers Stayed Resilient During The Pandemic

Healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and other frontline workers faced extraordinary challenges during the pandemic. For our series on resilience, we hear how they persevered.

MacKenzie Scott’s $10M Gift Makes A Big Impact For Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Pandemic Recovery

NPR’s Scott Simon speaks to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s artistic director Virginia Johnson about a 10 million dollar gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and what it means for the company’s future.

He Lost Nearly Everything To Addiction. Then An Arrest Changed His Life

For years, people who used drugs were treated like criminals, often given long sentences. Now there’s growing acceptance that addiction is a treatable disease, but shame and discrimination linger.

Opinion: Juneteenth As A National Holiday Is Symbolism Without Progress

There is a growing discontent in the African American community with symbolic gestures that are presented as progress without any accompanying economic or structural change.

New Videos Underscore The Violence Against Police At The Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

In response to a motion filed by NPR and other media organizations, the Justice Department released new videos which prosecutors say show assaults on police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

As California’s Pandemic Restrictions Drop, Drag And Queer Safe Havens Are Returning

Now that California has crossed its thresholds for dropping most COVID-19 restrictions, people are doing things they’ve been unable to for months. And, dude, they’re stoked.

Delta Variant Drives New Cases, Hospitalizations In Southwest Missouri

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth in southwest Missouri, about the current surge in coronavirus cases in his region driven by the Delta variant.

Business As Usual Or Taking The Day Off: Workplace Recognition Of Juneteenth Varies

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, as June 19 was the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. Now a federal holiday, the actual practices for marking the day still vary widely.

Recent Polling Data Shows Why Nearly 2/3 Of Americans Oppose Cash Reparations

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Tatishe Nteta of University of Massachusetts, Amherst about his poll showing that nearly 2/3 of Americans oppose cash reparations for the descendants of enslaved people.

Bishops Debate Whether Politicians Who Support Abortion Rights Can Receive Communion

American Catholic bishops voted to move forward with a process that may challenge the eligibility of politicians who support abortion rights, such as President Joe Biden, to receive communion.

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