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Guests: Zohran Kwame Mamdani, Omar Fateh, Mauree Turner.
Across the country, incumbent Democrats are losing primary elections to challengers from the left. Three challengers discuss their work for progressive causes, and how they fit into the party going forward.
Guest: Anna Eskamani.
Republicans in Florida are pushing a set of harsh laws designed to punish people for protesting police brutality. State Rep. Anna Eskamani joins The Briefing with a quick update on how lawmakers can protect Floridians’ First Amendment rights.
Guests: Sen. Ed Markey, Leah Stokes.
Americans want the government to do more to address climate change. So why are Republicans so opposed to it, and what will it take to break through this partisan logjam? Sen. Ed Markey and Prof. Leah Stokes join The Briefing to discuss.
Guest: Sarah Fair George.
In Vermont’s most populous county, State’s Attorney Sarah Fair George has pledged to end the use of cash bail. She now joins The Briefing for a quick progress report—and a discussion of what comes next.
Guests: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Prof. Sandy Darity, Raúl Carrillo.
How would a federal jobs guarantee work, and what role can it play in helping the country recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis? Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman joins The Briefing to discuss.
Guests: State Rep. Leslie Herod, Sen. Steve Fenberg, Seth Frotman.
Millions of Americans were struggling with student debt before the COVID-19 economic crisis. Colorado state Sen. Steve Fenberg and state Rep. Leslie Herod join The Briefing discuss their efforts to provide relief.
Guests: Cristine Deberry, Diana Becton, Tori Salazar, George Gascon.
In nearly every state, prosecutors’ associations speak with one voice to oppose criminal justice reforms. On The Briefing, meet a coalition of California DAs who are trying to change that.
Guests: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Julia Salazar, Tara Raghuveer.
As millions of people prepare to vote by mail this fall, how will the evictions crisis affect turnout in the 2020 election. Rep. Ilhan Omar and State Senator Julia Salazar join The Briefing to discuss how lawmakers can preserve voting access.
Guests: Greg Casar, Jessica Pishko, Joe Moody.
How do media narratives about “law and order” block reforms to the criminal legal system? On The Briefing, we’ll cover how journalists are covering recent police budget cuts in Austin—and what they’re getting wrong about it.
Guests: Cory Booker, Marilyn Mosby, Kassandra Frederique, Ayanna Pressley, Earl Blumenauer.
Many states have already taken steps to legalize marijuana. What will it take to get the federal government to do the same? Sen. Cory Booker and Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Earl Blumenauer join The Briefing to discuss.
Guest: Jo Ann Hardesty.
Portland passed a sweeping ban of facial recognition technology, preventing police and businesses alike from using it. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty joins The Briefing with an update on how this fits in with the city’s reform agenda.
Guests: Larry Krasner, Kim Gardner, Diana Becton, Stephanie Morales.
Across the country, a growing number of elected prosecutors are refusing endorsements and campaign contributions from local police unions. On The Briefing, a panel of DAs joins us to explain why.
Guests: Jode Prude, Mary Lupien, Elliot Dolby Shields, Stanley Martin.
In March, Rochester police knelt on the back of Daniel Prude, who is Black, until he stopped breathing. He died a week later. Daniel’s brother, Joe, joins The Briefing to discuss his family’s fight for justice.
Guests: Chris Geidner, Juliet Hooker, Wesley Lowery, Aaron Morrison.
How is media coverage of the Kenosha protests affecting perceptions of police, protesters, and the future of the reform movement? Chris Geidner, Juliet Hooker, Wesley Lowery, and Aaron Morrison join to discuss.
Guest: Mary Lupien.
In the wake of nationwide protests demanding police budgets be slashed, the Rochester City Council will vote tomorrow to fund a $16 million new police substation. City Councilmember Mary Lupien joins Dispatches to discuss.
Guest: Byron Sigcho-Lopez.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is offering a punitive status quo be imposed on those arrested during recent protests. Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez joins Dispatches for an update on the city’s retrograde response and what the city should do create real public safety.
Guests: Brandon Johnson, Kevin Blumenberg.
In the wake of nationwide protests demanding police budgets be slashed, Cook County passed a resolution that supports diverting money from policing. Panelists join us to discuss the resolution and what it means moving forward.
Guests: Senator Cory Booker, Maurice BP-Weeks.
Racial wealth inequality is increasing and the government is failing to provide equitable relief in light of the pandemic. Senator Cory Booker discusses what legislation is out there that could start to turn the tide.
Guest: Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager.
California’s prison system has confirmed more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. 39 incarcerated people have died since the pandemic began. Assemblymember Kamlager joins for a brief update on this emergency.
Guests: Representative Rashida Tlaib, Representative Bobby Rush, Neema Singh Guliani, Rob Williams.
Law enforcement officials are making more frequent use of facial recognition technology, but like many aspects of policing, this has a disproportionately harmful impact on nonwhite people. Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Bobby Rush join The Briefing to discuss.
Guests: Olivia Bennett, Michelle Wu, Dr. David Rosman.
Both the coronavirus pandemic and the police violence crisis have shown that racism in America is a real threat to public health. Michelle Wu and Olivia Bennett join to discuss how this affects what policymakers do.
Guests: Aramis Ayala, Chesa Boudin, Daniel Medwed, Jonathan Abel.
Prosecutors often depend on the testimony of police to make their case. But what happens when an officer lies—and does it over and over again? San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and Florida prosecutor Aramis Ayala join a panel to discuss.
Guests: Melina Abdullah, Councilmember Herb Wesson, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Even after recent cuts in response to protests, the LAPD’s operating budget will be about $1.7 billion. Melina Abdullah joins 3 city councilmembers to discuss how public safety in LA is changing.
Guests: Senator Elizabeth Warren and Carroll Fife.
As eviction moratoriums expire, the fallout will exacerbate a national housing crisis that already disproportionately harms Black & brown people. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Carroll Fife join host Josie Duffy Rice to discuss.
Guests: Jo Ann Hardesty, Jael Kerandi.
The use of school resources offices has skyrocketed across the U.S. over the past several decades. Why? And as protests of police brutality continue, is it time for a change? Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Jael Kerandi join to discuss.
Guests: Kim Foxx, Andre Vasquez, Tanya Watkins.
After weeks of protests of police violence, policymakers in Chicago are taking a hard look at the continued use of cash bail. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx joins our panel to discuss the city’s rapidly-shifting political climate.
Guests: Julian Ivey, Rev. Kobi Little, Cathryn Paul.
State legislatures across the country are reconvening for special sessions to address the crises of COVID-19, the economic recession, and police violence. So why isn’t Maryland doing the same?
Guests: California State Rep. Nancy Skinner, Megan Cassidy, Romarilyn Ralston.
Nearly 5,000 people in California prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, and 2,600+ infected prisoners are still in custody. Experts discuss why the system failed—and what can be done to protect people in custody.
Guests: Margaret Moore, Jose Garza, Delia Garza, Laurie Eiserloh.
Austin lawmakers have responded to protests of police brutality by moving to cut the police budget and eliminate positions within the department. Is it enough? The Appeal hosts a forum for candidates for Travis County DA and county attorney.
Guests: Denise Coleman, Demario Davis, Rukia Lumumba, Terun Moore.
Mississippi state prisons were in crisis of violence, racism, and neglect even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Today on The Briefing, a panel of experts will discuss how lawmakers can intervene to stop it.
Joy Chowhurdy, Michael DenDekker, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo. 2613402492231493 Democratic candidates for New York’s 34th state assembly district join The Appeal for a debate on ending police brutality and taking on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.
David Buchwald, David Carlucci, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Evelyn Farkas, Allison Fine, Mondaire Jones, Catherine Parker, Adam Schleifer. We host a debate for Democratic candidates in the race to represent New York’s 17th congressional district in Washington next year.
Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Londel French. A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council announced their intent to disband the city’s police department and re-imagine public safety. A panel of councilors joins to talk about what comes next.
Radley Balko, Barbara Sexton-Smith, Jessica Green, David James. In March, Louisville police killed Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, while serving a “no-knock” warrant, which lets police enter homes without warning. Today on The Briefing, our panel discusses why tactics like these are so dangerous
Andrew Yang, Felcia Wong, Michael Tubbs, Natalie Foster, Derrick Hamilton, Sen. Kamala Harris. Even during normal times, millions of hardworking Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck in an economy that privileges the very wealthy over everyone else. Today on The Briefing, Sen. Kamala Harris, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs, and a panel of experts will discuss how government can step in to assure that everyone has enough money to afford what they need.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Deborah Kafoury, Dr. Gregg Gonsalves, Amy Kapczynski. As parts of the country gradually re-open, experts say effective contact tracing will be essential to limiting the spread of COVID-19. We discuss what contact tracing is, how it will work, and what precautions policymakers can take to avoid misuse of this public health tool.
Kim Foxx, Jahan Gordon-Booth, Maria Hawilo. People at Chicago’s Cook County jail say social distancing is impossible for them, and call the facility a “death trap.” Already, nearly 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been connected to the facility, making it one of the nation’s largest hotspots.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Stacey Rutland, Aisha Nyandoro. The Appeal, in partnership with NowThis, is proud to present, “The Briefing” a new daily, live show with discussion of COVID-19 and how it is affecting America’s vulnerable communities—and what policymakers and activists can do about it.