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Movements Bigger than Fear: Kenosha and Belarus

August 28, 2020

Cellphone video of the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police has reignited Black Lives Matter protests around the country. And everyone – from the NBA to the Wisconsin legislature – is considering how to take action. 

Also: severe weather is impacting the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, with COVID-19 changing virtually all aspects of emergency response. In California, thousands are being evacuated as wildfires blaze. And in Louisiana and Texas, COVID-19 testing has been suspended as concerns mount that an already-deadly hurricane could become a “super-spreader” event, too. 

And our big story of the week: What do you get when you combine COVID-19, social media influencers and girl power? In the Eastern European nation of Belarus, the answer is revolution. We’ll break down what’s driving hundreds of thousands of protesters to call for the removal of “Europe’s Last Dictator.”

We’ve also got some news from the RNC and the latest on a surprise NASA says could come just in time for election day. 

To read up on President Trump’s second term agenda, you can check it out here

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Walter Katz, Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures

  • Hanna Baraban, freelance journalist and international relations and security analyst

  • Dr. Alla Leukavets, independent political analyst

Let us know what questions you have about what’s going on in the news right now. Email us at or call and leave us a voicemail at: 646-461-6370. You might hear your message on the show. 

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