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The “COVID Tsunami” Edition

The sabotage of Biden’s COVID-19 response, Trump clings to power, and guest Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Episode Notes

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Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “The Pandemic Election

Isaac Chotiner for the New Yorker: “How We Can Contain the Second Wave of the Coronavirus

Mike Pence for the Wall Street Journal: “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me on HBO

Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic: “The Case for Reparations

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Josie Duffy Rice for Vanity Fair: “The Abolition Movement

Barack Obama for The Atlantic: “I’m Not Yet Ready to Abandon the Possibility of America

Jed Sugerman for The Washington Post: “Trump’s Legal Challenges to the Election Will Help Democrats

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America by Mark A. Bradley

John: John’s fundraising page for Covenant House’s Virtual Sleep Out; Charlotte Regan’s short documentary, “No Ball Games: Life and Play Through the Eyes of Children Across the UK

David: Washington Post: “Fort Hood is named for a Confederate traitor. Is it time for ‘Fort Benavidez’?

Listener chatter from Mike @rifenbury: Kanazawa Kenichi video

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David and John discuss the holiday movies they’d like to see made.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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