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The Scripps National Spelling Bee Podcast takes you inside a cherished American tradition, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Your guide to this world of words is Paul Loeffler, former Spelling Bee contestant and current ESPN spelling commentator. He'll take you behind the scenes of the Spelling Bee and speak with authors, celebrities and some of the young spellers in the spotlight.
 
Each week two classic theatre-nerds, Kate and Josh, explore a popular musical they know nothing about. Together they analyze the plot, characters, music, and history of the show; presenting it in an easy way for people to learn as much as they can in under 30min. So if you need to learn a show quickly for an audition, school, (or if you also feel guilty you know nothing about The Pajama Game) we have the podcast for you! Check out our instagram for more information: @wtf_bway
 
There are few campaigns that, either in point of the immense scale upon which it was undertaken, the completeness of its failure, or the enormous loss of life entailed, appeal to the imagination in so great a degree as that of Napoleon against Russia. Fortunately, we have in the narratives of Sir Robert Wilson, British commissioner with the Russian army, and of Count Segur, who was upon Napoleon's staff, minute descriptions of the events as seen by eye-witnesses, and besides these the campai ...
 
Things get wild in the Westworld Amusement Park, but we’re here to make sense of it all in the WESTWORLD AFTER SHOW. We’ll unpack the secrets, lies and jaw-dropping moments from robotic hosts and human guests alike. Subscribe here for reviews, recaps and in-depth theories and discussions of the latest episodes, as well as the insider scoop from cast and crew.
 
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Hi everyone! I'm back! Yay! This week's episode is about MacNolia Cox and her spelling bee career. I so enjoyed getting to learn more about her story and giving her the honor she earned early on in her life. I hope you enjoy listening! I'd love to hear what you think of this episode. Please feel free to reach out to the podcast email at biasbender@…
 
Zaila Avant-garde, the winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, was the first Black American to win the spelling bee. But although Zaila was the only Black girl in the finals, it turns out there is a robust community of extraordinary Black Girl spellers taking on the world one latin root at a time. Cana Gerald-Hasan, a middle school studen…
 
Today we discuss the lesson learned from 2021 Scripp's Spelling Bee champion, Zaila Avante-Garde. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK [800-273-8255] 1-800-SUICIDE [800-784-2433] Teen Line (Los Angeles) 800-852-8336 The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth Hotline) 866-488-7386 National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE [800-799-7233] Cris…
 
The United States Postal Service is facing continued backlash over its proposed 10-year plan which will slow down mail delivery. The Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the post office, recently criticized the proposal saying there’s no basis that the change in service standards will improve the financial situation of the USPS, and there’s…
 
Black and Latinx LGBTQ Southerners are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Data from the U.S. Trans Survey show that 1 in 3 trans Louisianans report experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. The House of Tulip is a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing this crisis. They are buying and restoring homes t…
 
The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14% of renters are still behind on their payments and in big cities rent is up by 24% from last year. The Treasury Department is set to announce that it distributed $1.5 billion in rental assistance this month, but states and cities have struggled with getting that assistance to …
 
Joining us today is Bridgitte Stuart, MS, LMHC, C-DBT a licensed psychotherapist with 4 years of experience in mending and bridging gaps in the mental health field. Bridgitte has gained clinical knowledge and experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and carries a background in working with individuals across lifespans. She specializes …
 
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will be complete as of August 31st. But coming home is not the end of combat for many service men and women. Many veterans of the war in Afghanistan will face physical, emotional, and financial battles for decades. Joining us to discuss the road ahead is Tim Kudo, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan; Rep. C…
 
Six months into Biden’s presidency, The Takeaway looks at what the administration has accomplished, what has slipped through the cracks, and what the future holds. To discuss this further, The Takeaway hosts a roundtable discussion with Joel Payne, former aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and CBS News political contributor. He also recently l…
 
Throughout the pandemic, there’s been a split amongst those in conservative politics who support vaccines, and those who don’t. But resistance to the vaccine and vaccine hesitancy has been mainly found amongst Republican voters. In the past week, however, there’s been a notable shift in conservative media—with a significant number of high profile m…
 
The climate crisis sometimes seems so insurmountable that it leaves many with a feeling of “what can I do?” Katharine Wilkinson, co-editor of All We Can Save and co-host of “A Matter of Degrees” podcast, joined The Takeaway to discuss immediate, actionable steps that all of us can take in the fight against climate change.…
 
In recent weeks, cities across the West shattered record high temperatures from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah. There are more than 70 large fires burning across 13 states in the western US according to The National Interagency Fire Center. Smoke from those fires has made it all the way to the East Coast blanketing the US with poor air qu…
 
Last month, a 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed, killing 97 people. In the aftermath, survivors have not only had to deal with their catastrophic loss, but also the increasingly complicated world of insurance. According to the New York Times, the Surfside collapse is creating new unrest in Florida’s already shaky insura…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around the world, one of the lesser known consequences has been its impact on the global supply chain. Many key suppliers located in places like Korea and Vietnam are halting production all together because of recent outbreaks in their respective regions. Tonya Garcia, news editor and consumer retail reporter for Ma…
 
After being postponed last year and despite the continued risk of COVID-19 the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place this Friday. According to the New York Times, as of Tuesday there are more than two dozen COVID-19 infections among people involved with the games, including athletes. And in Japan, an estimated 62% of th…
 
New York City became the first jurisdiction to officially observe Disability Pride Month in July 2015 to honor the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since then, cities and towns across the U.S. have celebrated Disability Pride Month every July, though it has yet to be established formally at the federal level. …
 
The Bucks' NBA Finals have put the City of Milwaukee in the spotlight, where the Bucks will play the Phoenix Suns tonight in Game 6 of the Finals. For the first time in 50 years, the Bucks have a chance at the championship title. If they win Tuesday night, the Bucks will clinch the victory in their home city. And this means a lot to a whole lot of …
 
On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had repatriated Abdul Latif Nasser out of the Guantánamo Bay prison complex to his home country of Morocco. Nasser had been held at Guantánamo for nearly two decades. U.S. officials have accused him of fighting with the Taliban against the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2001. But Nasser was nev…
 
For years, activists have been calling for stronger federal assistance for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are more vulnerable to poverty. Data from the last decade show that a full two-thirds of those experiencing long-term poverty have a disability. One reason is that supplemental security income or SSI, our national program fo…
 
Last week, New Yorker writer Helen Rosner published an article revealing that for his new documentary “Roadrunner,” filmmaker Morgan Neville used AI technology to create audio simulating the voice of the late Anthony Bourdain reading an email he wrote to a friend. The decision was sharply criticized by many on social media, particularly because vie…
 
In the two weeks since Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination, there are still unanswered questions about who the mercenaries allegedly involved in the killing are, what their motives were, and how they gained access to the president. On Monday morning, Claude Joseph, who has been acting as Prime Minister and the country’s interim leader i…
 
It’s no joke, it’s really been 25 years since the start of "The Daily Show." On Monday evening the OG’s are reuniting in a reunion special at 9pm ET on Comedy Central. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the program joins us to discuss how it all began and what makes the show and its brand of political satire relevant today.…
 
Four of the largest tech companies—Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple—are potentially facing six separate bills which aim to crack down on their oversized influence on the industry. These bills are in the early stages and are not yet up for votes, but they have bipartisan support which is a rare occurrence in the nation’s capital. The focus of the…
 
In this episode get caught up on some of the crazy news from around the world. Remember to use JumpLinks to learn more about the stories we share and see what we're talking about. Just visit Jump.link and enter the keyword we share in the episode or follow Tell Me What You Know to be just a click away from all our links. https://jump.link…
 
Joining us today is Lori Glenn Reibach, who works for a national health care system for the treatment of eating disorders. Lori is a mental health and marriage, family, couples therapist who has been practicing in the field since 2019. She specializes in eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mood disorders. No matter h…
 
On Thursday, a confirmation hearing was held for Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, President Biden’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gonzalez currently serves as sheriff in Texas’s Harris County, where he’s had a complicated relationship with ICE. Although conservatives have criticized him for opting out of a partnership with ICE that would…
 
During the 2020 primaries, it was anyone’s guess who the Democratic presidential nominee would be. That is until Representative James Clyburn’s pivotal endorsement of President Joe Biden before South Carolina’s 2020 Democratic primary. Rep. Clyburn, the House Majority Whip and number three Democrat in the House, is now in talks with his Senate coll…
 
On Thursday, families across the United States began receiving a monthly child tax credit payment made possible through the American Rescue Plan. Dorian Warren of the Economic Security Project joins the program to discuss the importance of this credit and the work that still needs to be done.Door WNYC and PRX
 
As cities and states across the country reopen, inflation is on the rise. In June, the Consumer Price Index, the main tool used for measuring inflation, came in at 5.4 percent over last year, the largest jump in 13 years. The Takeaway speaks with Heather Long from the Washington Post and Trevon Logan from the Ohio State University about how long we…
 
Last November, a war broke out in Ethiopia between rebel forces in the Tigray region and the Ethiopian government. Thousands have died in the conflict over the past eight months. Earlier this week rebel forces claimed that they captured Alamata, the major town in the southern part of Tigray. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he would repel …
 
In response to the reckoning over systemic racism prompted by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, many industries grappled with their role in perpetuating racism. Among those was the fashion industry. Designers, editors, stylists, and casting directors in the industry have long been accused of holding thin cisgender white women up as…
 
After a year and a half in a pandemic, many people in the U.S. saw spring vaccinations and the nationwide loosening of restrictions as a sign that we may be soon coming to an end of the pandemic. However, the number of new Coronavirus cases per day has doubled over the past three weeks in the U.S., with the Delta variant responsible for more than h…
 
On Wednesday, the CDC released data showing that in 2020, more than 93,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses. That’s a nearly 30 percent increase from the previous year. And the biggest increase between years in around five decades, according to Politico. Experts say that the isolation and depression that so many of us experienced during …
 
On Tuesday night, Major League Baseball’s most talented players gathered in Denver, Colorado for the 2021 All Star Game. The American League ended up winning the game over the National League. But even more notable than the final result was the presence of Los Angeles Angels player Shohei Ohtani. Not only did Ohtani hit leadoff for the American Lea…
 
Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday afternoon for Washington D.C. to again deny state Republicans the quorum needed to pass restrictive voting laws. The move came during a special session called by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last Thursday, which was largely called to pass the GOP voting restrictions bill, along with…
 
Florida harvests more than half of America’s sugar cane, but burning the fields during the 6-month harvest season creates pollution and health problems for the surrounding communities—most of which are Black and Hispanic. The sugar industry is the largest employer in the region and has strong political power, but nonetheless, residents are now chal…
 
On Sunday, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson became the first billionaire to launch himself into space on a rocket he helped fund. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is set to depart on his own trip on Blue Origin’s own aircraft at the end of July. This new space race has some talking about a new era of space tourism, but these flights to the outer edge o…
 
By most expert accounts, democracy is on the decline on the global stage. A report put out this year by the U.S. non-profit group Freedom House says that 2020 was the fifteenth consecutive year in which global freedoms declined, as authoritarian leaders gained more power. While much attention has been paid to countries including Nicaragua and Myanm…
 
The newly-released “Oppressive Language List,” by the Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center at Brandeis University, aims to address language that can be seen as violent in nature. The list is only a suggestion for how one should approach certain words, but at least one linguist has expressed concerns about the slippery slope this type of languag…
 
Rural hospitals are in crisis. Since 2010, 138 hospitals in rural communities have closed. Though they’ve been struggling financially for years, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed them to the brink with a record 19 closing last year alone. But changes may be coming to rural hospitals thanks to a measure passed in Congress last year. The Takeaway spoke wi…
 
Last month, 21-year-old Sha'Carri Richardson won the women’s 100-meter race at the U.S. Track and Field Trials. Richardson’s dream ended abruptly last week after she tested positive for marijuana, was banned from competition for 30 days, and was not added to the roster of young athletes who will compete in the Olympics next month. She made no excus…
 
Last week, President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti was assassinated. Following the assassination, Haiti’s police force has killed four people it suspects in the president’s killing and arrested more than a dozen, including two who Haitian officials say are Haitian-American. But the reasons why this attack was carried out are still relatively unknown. In M…
 
Leo discusses the new Anthony Bourdain documentary and the 8 reasons why men complete suicide after divorce. He also discusses antidotes to the issues. Link to article mentioned: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557988314546395 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK [800-273-8255] 1-800-SUICIDE [800-784-2433] Teen Line (Los…
 
Happy Fourth, everyone! A lot of diet talk on this week's show, from an oral implant that helps you lose weight by making sure your mouth stays shut, to Kim Jong-un's weight loss after reemerging from his month-long hiatus. It's surely going to be a Hot Boy Summer for the Supreme Leader. We wrap up the show with a star spangled draft in honor of In…
 
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