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Week of May 3
- Kai talks with Chris Hyams, CEO of Indeed about how hiring has changed during the pandemic and how the labor market is changing.
- Kai talks with Danielle Dreilinger about her new book The Secret History of Home Economics.
- May 3: The United States is facing a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals, both inside the federal government and in the private sector. How can the government re-think the way it recruits to fill these critical positions? Guest: Erin Weiss Kaya and Booz Allen Hamilton.
- May 5–6: We sit down with the acting chair of the Federal Communications Commissions, Jessica Rosenworcel, for an interview that will be spread over two days. As the internet has become increasingly vital in this pandemic, the FCC has fallen behind in efforts to accurately map who has broadband access in this country and then get it to them. But there is also an unprecedented level of federal funding coming to states to build out networks.
- May 4: Working from home has changed how we think about work – both the jobs we do, and even the trajectory of our careers. So what’s the lasting effect of pandemic-inspired remote working? For people in many fields, the economy is shifting from “people go to the jobs” to “the jobs go to the people.” Financial Times Global Finance Columnist Rana Foroohar joins us to explore that.
- May 5: President Biden has called on Congress to pass the George Floyd George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the end of May. The legislation would ban chokeholds and end qualified immunity for law enforcement — the legal protection for police officers that limits victims’ ability to sue for misconduct. We explore the history and practice of qualified immunity.
- May 7: Stand by for the cicadas. Brood X (10) is about to emerge after 17 years underground any day now in about twelve states. Entomologist Jessica Ware from the American Museum of Natural History joins us with everything you need to know about this captivating phenomenon.
- May 5: Performance Today will broadcast music for Cinco de Mayo.
- May 6: Performance Today will broadcast the piece Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson. In 2014 the composer took the last words of seven Black men killed by police to create an incredibly powerful choral/orchestral composition in their honor
Arts and Culture
Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes listeners back to the sounds and events of a specific year.
May 7 – 1959:
Two of the best jazz albums ever were released: there was Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Take 5 and the Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. It was the year “The Day the Music Died” occurred, when the world lost Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper & Ritchie Valens, New Orleans artists like Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Irma Thomas had big hits, and if you slow danced at the sock hop, it was probably to “Sleepwalk” by Santo and Johnny.
Outside the work of music: Ben-Hur was the biggest film of the year, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone premiered on the small screen as did the western Rawhide, and it was the 1st year of the Grammys when The Chipmunks took home more statuettes than Frank Sinatra.
NEW episode – May 7: Mothers and kids who cook
- We talk to chef Kwame Onwuachi and his mother, Jewel Robinson, about his upbringing and how her catering career inspired his love for cooking. Kwame is the author of the best-selling memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef.
- Then, we eavesdrop on Caroline Shin and her mother, JoungJa Shin, talking about miyeok guk. It’s a traditional Korean birthday soup served to mothers after childbirth and on birthdays as a tribute to one’s mother. Caroline Shin is the founder of Cooking with Granny.
- New York Times columnist Melissa Clark teams up with Francis to take your questions about the best recipes to cook on Mother’s Day.
Two, one-hour long programs. Each hour can be aired separately or back-to-back
Program 1: April 24, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Program 2: April 25, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Rethinking Mental Health Care will present an honest critique of the nation’s mental health care shortcomings, while highlighting tangible solutions and models for improving access and quality of care. Hosted by Kimberly Adams of Marketplace, this two-part format will allow guests to deep dive into failures, challenges and opportunities, while also allowing people to question mental health experts to ground the issues in matters most pressing to the public.
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