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Varsity Blues: Why Everyone’s Talking About 'Back To School'

Jul 17, 2020

Even though it's the middle of summer, all eyes are on the fall. Specifically, how schools are supposed to reopen in the middle of a global pandemic. And as COVID-19 cases rise in a number of states, parents, teachers, and officials are at odds over how to do it. We’ll break down the debate over getting kids back to class, and what the challenges are to reopen. 

Also: one of the biggest sports franchises in the United States announced: it's getting a name change. The Washington NFL team said it will retire its name, the Redskins, as well as its logo. We’ll explain why this name change is a long time coming for activists, and what to look for next in the fight to get rid of racist imagery and logos. 

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Dr. Sara Bode, pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health

  • Kathy Gebhardt, Vice President of the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, CO

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