The Best Laid Plans: Afghanistan, Droughts, and Back to School

Published on: Aug 12, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round


  • First up: We’ve got the latest on Afghanistan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation and the CDC’s new guidelines on getting vaxxed while pregnant.

  • Next: Kids are heading back to school IRL. We’ll dive into why keeping kids safe is more complicated than it sounds, and is causing some political throwdowns.

  • Also: Fire up your phones. Vaccine passport apps are coming. We’ll skimm the process of signing up for them, to see if it’s as easy as advertised. (Here’s a link to some apps that are started to get used in a lot of places)

  • Plus: Apple recently it’s gonna work with the U.S. government to stop child abuse. We’ll get into why the move is raising the eyebrows of some privacy advocates.

  • Finally: Lakes, reservoirs, and rivers across the Western U.S. are drying up. We called up two experts to figure out why, and to learn about what the future could hold.


On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Laura Meckler, national education reporter, The Washington Post

  • Sharon B. Megdal, director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona

  • Becky Bolinger, assistant state climatologist, Colorado


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