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So Close, Yet So Costly
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Covid on Campus
Same Pandemic, Unequal Education (from Us & Them podcast)
July 29, 2020
by Sasha Aslanian
The pandemic is making getting through college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn’t log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation.
The long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees. Experts warn that 10 percent of American colleges — about 200 or more institutions — are on the verge of going under. The pandemic is accelerating that trend.
July 29, 2020
by Sasha Aslanian
Colleges and universities are under pressure to reopen, but bringing students back on campus safely means dealing with dizzying logistics. As the virus surges in Miami, a large commuter campus gets ready.
July 23, 2020
by Tom Scheck, Geoff Hing, and Dee J. Hall
Voters there missed the fine print and the elections staff was overwhelmed. As November nears, a by-mail vote surge — due to virus safety — will spotlight the ballot counting in other presidential battleground states with slim voting margins.
July 15, 2020
by Christopher Peak
In a city with some of the most glaring health disparities in the country, District officials were slow to help Black residents deal with the pandemic.
June 30, 2020
by Angela Caputo, Will Craft, and Curtis Gilbert
Faced with angry, violent protesters after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis city leaders made the unprecedented decision to abandon a police station. It marked not only the further erosion of the department’s relationship with the community, but perhaps the beginning of a shift in American policing.
June 18, 2020
by Curtis Gilbert
County officials had kept kids in out-of-state residential treatment centers despite reports of abuse.
Officer Garrett Rolfe was involved in a questionable and bizarre 2015 incident.
June 11, 2020
Episode 6: Delta State
College football is practically a religion in Mississippi. And for the players, it's life. As Covid-19 upended their world, the teammates at Delta State struggled to find structure and purpose for an off-season like no other.
May 28, 2020
Episode 5: Geno
As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, every inmate except one.
11 highlights from our investigation into the dangers of lead pipes
by Will Craft and Lauren Rosenthal
Current and former EPA scientists say the Trump administration is pushing rule changes that could leave Americans exposed to lead in drinking water.
May 21, 2020
In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim.