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Pandemic Blues or Signs of Extremism? New Guide Teaches Parents to Stay Alert
NPR featured a new guide from American University's Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab designed to help parents and caregivers better identify extremist ideologies their kids may be exposed to online. PERIL Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss also discussed extremism issues with NPR and The New York Times. (6/30, 7/1, 6/29)

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The U.S. Isn't in a Second Wave of Coronavirus – the First Wave Never Ended
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars Program, wrote an article for The Conversation about the U.S. and COVID-19. Hawkins wrote, “The U.S. as a whole is not in a second wave because the first wave never really stopped.” Hawkins also participated in a CNN panel discussion about travel safety during the pandemic. (6/30, 6/26)
Money Talks: Big Business, Political Strategy and Corporate Involvement in U.S. State Politics
Richard Devine, research fellow in the Kogod School of Business, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about big business in politics. Devine and his co-author wrote, “As the next election approaches, corporate involvement in state politics is vital to understand.” (6/29)

Black Families Were Hit Hard During the Pandemic. The Effects on Children May Be Lasting
Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about how black children may be uniquely impacted by racism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hardy said, “We know quite a bit from the child development literature about how these sorts of stressors really impede child development.” (6/29)
On Coronavirus, Americans Still Trust the Experts
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Elizabeth Suhay spoke to The New York Times about public trust during the pandemic. Suhay said, “I think there's too much pessimism about American trust in science.” (6/27)
COVID-19 Helped This Small Syringe Business Boom. Then Came the Taxpayer Backed Windfall
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to NBC News about the Paycheck Protection Program. Bruckner told NBC that the absence of transparency in the program makes it difficult for the public to know why certain businesses received loans. (6/30)
Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to NPR's Weekend Edition about the legal basis for face mask requirements. Wiley said, “We're actually seeing some business owners and managers, as well, urge local governments or state governments to adopt mandatory mask requirements as a way of taking the pressure off of them.” Jorhena Thomas, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to Bloomberg News. (6/28, 6/29)
Human Rights Groups Turn Their Sights on Trump's America
Sarah Snyder, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Politico about how the human rights community views America. Snyder said, “The current administration doesn't think most of its supporters care about international violations of human rights broadly.” (7/1)
White House Defends Trump not Being Brief on Russia 'Bounty' for U.S. Soldiers
Aki Peritz, adjunct instructor in the School of International Service, spoke to Voice of America about recent reports that President Trump was not briefed about Russia's bounty for U.S. soldiers. (6/30)
Racial Injustice Movement Gaining Adherents Ahead of 2020 Vote
Distinguished Professor of Histroy Allan Lichtman spoke to Voice of America about the nationwide protests against racial injustice. Lichtman said, “I've just been astounded by the polling numbers now which show more than two thirds of Americans support the racial justice movement.” Lichtman also spoke to CGTN about John Bolton's White House memoir. (6/28, 6/27)
Are Streamers Muzzling Controversial Documentaries?
Patricia Aufderheide, professor of communication, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about large streaming platforms blocking controversial documentaries. Aufderheide said, “These platforms are so big that not being able to get your viewpoint on one of them effectively means that people probably don't know the film exists.” (6/26)

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