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President Biden Attempts to Reset International RelationsA look at what the reset of American posturing on the world stage means for diplomacy. How the Biden Administration is Viewing Israel's New Political RealityThe Biden administration is hoping the new Israeli parliamentary coalition will succeed, but their policy goals may diverge. Crisis in N…
 
Last week, New York City began taking applications for its Artist Corps program, which Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month. And while New York City’s program involves one time grants, St. Paul, Minnesota and San Francisco, California have rolled out guaranteed minimum income programs for artists that give out monthly, no strings attached paym…
 
The 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show took place over the weekend. The show, which usually takes place in the winter and was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. A Pekingese named Wasabi was crowned Best in Show. Sarah Montague, The Takeaway's resident Westminster reporter brin…
 
Vaccine Diplomacy on Display at the G7 SummitEfforts to end the pandemic and distribute vaccines globally were a top agenda item for leaders at the G7 summit in England. A Westminster Dog Show Wrap UpOn Sunday night, a Pekingese named Wasabi was crowned Best in Show at the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Why Major Cities Are Experime…
 
Over the weekend, world leaders from some of the richest countries gathered at the G7 summit in England. Normally it is an annual event, but in 2020, the raging coronavirus pandemic led President Trump initially to delay, and then to cancel the summit. This year the COVID-19 crisis has receded enough in the world’s richest countries to allow the le…
 
Because Democrats have such a narrow grip on power in the Senate, moderate politicians like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin have an outsized influence on our politics. A Democrat from a Red State, Senator Manchin has comfortably operated in the moderate lane frustrating many more progressive members of the party. The Takeaway speaks with Dave Mis…
 
This week, Vice President Kamala Harris embarked on her first trip abroad to Mexico and Guatemala. As the administration’s point person on immigration, Harris has drawn criticism from both sides of the partisan divide following the trip, where she emphasized control over the border, even telling migrants “do not come.” At the same time, Vice Presid…
 
Nearly 18 months into a global pandemic and the isolation combined with the pressure to perform well academically has contributed to heightened anxiety, depression, and thoughts of self-harm among teens. A recent op-ed in The New York Times reviews startling results from multiple studies showing that the mental wellness of adolescents has deteriora…
 
Last week, while marking one hundred years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, when hundreds of Black Americans were killed by a violent white mob, President Biden discussed his plans to address the racial wealth gap. Those efforts focus on housing discrimination and expanding federal support of “small disadvantaged businesses.” According to the Urban I…
 
This summer, the much-anticipated In the Heights movie is finally hitting the big screen. Adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s celebrated Broadway musical, the movie is a love letter to New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood — chronicling the dreams and struggles, love and loss of different members of a tight-knit community there, from Usnavi…
 
Biden Rolls Out Plans for Closing Racial Wealth Gap, Advocates See More Work to Be Done Despite the White House’s stated commitment to closing the racial wealth gap, some advocates believe that the federal government’s new plans don’t go nearly far enough. What the Pandemic Has Meant for the Mental Health of Teenagers The isolation combined with th…
 
June marks Black Music Month—an annual celebration of Black musicians, producers, songwriters, and more. Started more than 40 years ago, the observance celebrates the history and scope of Black music from classical and folk to hip hop and rock. For more on the origins and evolution of Black music Month, The Takeaway spoke to Nabil Ayers, writer and…
 
It has been six years since a federal judge approved the NFL's $1 billion settlement in response to retired players connecting traumatic brain injuries suffered during play to long-term loss of cognitive function. The U.S. Supreme Court then paved the way for the settlement in 2016, refusing to hear a challenge to the lower court’s decision on the …
 
In Minnesota, Native American activists and protesters have gathered to stop construction on the Line 3 pipeline by Enbridge, a Canada-based company. According to the New York Times, the pipeline would carry oil from Canada to Wisconsin through tribal lands and watersheds where critics are worried leaks or spills could taint rivers and damage the e…
 
Black Music Month Honors the Black Artists Who Have Shaped Music Started more than 40 years ago, the observance celebrates the history and scope of Black music from classical and folk to hip hop and rock. Construction of Oil Pipeline in Minnesota Meets Resistance Many are watching to see how the Biden administration will respond to the Line 3 pipel…
 
In April, the recipe site Epicurious announced that they would no longer be publishing new recipes that use beef. They cited beef's environmental impact and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with raising livestock in their reasoning. Not long after the Epicurious announcement, Eleven Madison Park, a New York-based Michelin-starred restaurant,…
 
Summer hasn’t even officially gotten underway yet, but dozens of cities across the country are already seeing record high temperatures for early June. And in California, officials are scrambling in response to the dry conditions that have pushed 93 percent of California and the Southwest into drought this year. In April and May, California Governor…
 
FDA Approves Alzheimer's Drug for the First Time Since 2003 Aducanumab aims to slow the cognitive decline often associated with the disease, but there’s debate over whether or not it actually works. What Our Dependence on Meat Means for Climate Change The announcements were met with mixed reactions and reignited conversations about the role and res…
 
On Monday, the FDA approved a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease—the first in nearly two decades. Biogen’s aducanumab aims to slow the cognitive decline often associated with the disease. The FDA’s decision is expected to have far-reaching implications for patients, providers, caregivers, and so many others. Already, there’s fierce debate over whethe…
 
A silver lining for many over the last year has been time spent gardening. For some, the act of gardening is a meditative escape; it brings beauty to your surroundings. For others, it was more about being prepared. If you grow your own food, you worry less when the grocery shelves are bare. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it wasn’t just flowers a…
 
U.S.D.A. Plans to Pay Debt Relief for Minority Farmers After Months of Delay The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to start paying off loans for Black farmers and other farmers of color. People Are Flocking to Backyard Chickens During the Pandemic A silver lining for many over the last year has been time spent gardening. "High on the Hog" …
 
This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to start paying off loans for Black farmers and other farmers of color, part of $4 billion in debt relief provided to these farmers in the American Rescue Plan. And while many Black farmers and civil rights advocates were pleased by the planned relief, they’ve also criticized the months-lon…
 
In the new Netflix series “High on the Hog,” host and food writer Stephen Satterfield traces the history and significance of African American foodways. The show is based on a book of the same name by the renowned historian and cookbook author Dr. Jessica B. Harris. The part culinary show, part travelogue, the four-episode docuseries follows Satterf…
 
This week marked the start of June, which is the last month of the Supreme Court’s current term. That means we’ll be seeing a number of important rulings in the coming days and weeks on everything from voting restrictions to LGBTQ+ rights to the Affordable Care Act. In total, SCOTUS has at least 20 cases left to decide before the end of the term. A…
 
This week marked the start of June, which is the last month of the Supreme Court’s current term. That means we’ll be seeing a number of important rulings in the coming days and weeks on everything from voting restrictions to LGBTQ+ rights to the Affordable Care Act. In total, SCOTUS has at least 20 cases left to decide before the end of the term. A…
 
Despite Rising Vaccinations, Alarming Racial Disparities Persist in Current COVID-19 InfectionsEven amid dropping case numbers across the country, the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color persist. Calls Grow from U.S. Officials to Examine Origins of COVID-19Although it was originally thought that COVID-19 came from a wet mar…
 
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