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AU Experts Comment on the Consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey wrote an article for The Conversation about how the pandemic has highlighted gaps in American childcare. Morrissey wrote, “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed parents' delicate, very difficult and unsustainable balancing act.” Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke to NBC News about how the pandemic has caused a national shortage of coins. Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Public Affairs Gray Kimbrough spoke to The Associated Press about how the pandemic has affected the economic future of millennials and boomers. Latino Rebels featured a new report from the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies about the impact of coronavirus on Latino businesses. (7/15, 713, 7/14)

U.S. Carries Out First Federal Execution in Nearly 2 Decades
Richard Stack, associate professor emeritus of communication, spoke to ABC News about the federal execution of Daniel Lewis Lee. Stack said, “I think this is a way of amplifying get tough on crime in a way that I don't think is particularly effective.” (7/14)
Roger Stone Clemency Latest Example of Trump Rewarding His Friends, Scholars Say
Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to NPR about the Roger Stone clemency agreement. Crouch said, “Under President Trump, the old back door to clemency – getting the president's attention somehow – seems to have become the new front door.” Crouch also discussed the commutation with PolitiFact. (7/12, 7/13)
The Long, Ignoble Histroy of Presidents Snubbing Medical Advice
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to Salon about President Trump's refusal to wear a mask in public. Lichtman said, “It's a horrible message.” (7/12)
Failing to Protect Black Lives
Assistant Professor of Health Studies Jessica Owens-Young spoke to American Public Media about how the coronavirus pandemic revealed racial inequities in the District. Owens-Young said, “Are we really in a better situation than we were 50 years ago, in terms of who gets to live and who gets to die in D.C.?” (7/15)
Native American Activists Say Toss Out Your Old Washington Football Gear
Washington College of Law Professor N. Jeremi Duru spoke to WUSA9 about the racial reckoning in professional sports. (7/13)
Biden Promises $2tn Green Energy and Infrastructure Plan
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to the Financial Times about Joe Biden's green energy plan. Bledsoe talked about how Biden has the opportunity to create new clean energy jobs, not just emissions reductions. (2/14)
Terrorism, Big Bird, and the Paradox of Multicultural Education
Naomi Moland, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, appeared on the FreshEd Podcast to discuss her book, “Can Big Bird Fight Terrorism,” which explores the challenges of multicultural education. (7/12)
Prominent A-Bomb Victim's Memoir Translated for Global Audience
Peter Kuznick, professor of history, spoke to Kyodo News about the lasting impact atomic bombs have had on the Japananese. Speaking of a survivor's memoir, Kuznick said, “He didn't want to sanitize it in any way. He wanted people to really see what these kinds of weapons do to human beings.” (7/15)

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