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Journalist Neal Conan leads a productive exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music and health care, Talk of the Nation offers call-in listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians and artists from around the world.
 
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Rising public pension payment obligations for Bloomington and Normal could force some unpleasant choices several years down the road. Will there be cuts elsewhere? Hear ideas from city and town council candidates on the pension challenge. Plus, one of the big campaign issues in the town of Normal Mayor and Council contests is debt, how much of it t…
 
2020 will be known as a devastating year. More than 300,000 people in America died due to complications from the novel coronavirus. But it was the single death of a black man in Minneapolis that sparked nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality. It also sparked us to dig into the numbers of people killed in our region during …
 
In the U.S., the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is improving every day, but hundreds of millions of people are still vulnerable. And now, with some states relaxing or eliminating public health measures altogether, many people live in places where the virus will be freer to spread unchecked. KUT reporter Ashley Lopez reports on how business owners and…
 
The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, setting the stage for Republican legislatures to try to make it more difficult to vote for years to come. This comes at the same time as the House passed a bill expanding and protecting voting rights. Civil rights remain at the center of the debate over who has access to the v…
 
On today's program: The executive director of Trying Together explains the state of the region’s child care industry, and how $303 million from the Wolf Administration could help; Environmental Health News found five southwestern Pennsylvania families were exposed to unhealthy levels of chemicals associated with oil and gas production; and how glit…
 
Here's a roundup of regional headlines from the KBIA Newsroom, including: All Teachers In Missouri Will Be Able To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Soon Any School Or Child Care Employee Will Soon Be Able To Get COVID-19 Vaccine St. Louis Is Part Of A New Project To Track Mississippi River Plastic Pollution MO Legislature Considering Banning Transgender At…
 
The starting point of a Northwest-based saga of alleged invented cattle , a multi-million dollar lawsuit and two bankruptcies may lie in a short handwritten list of numbers scrawled on a lined sheet of three-hole punch paper that purports to show Cody Easterday’s annual losses from speculating on the cattle futures market.…
 
The Supreme Court heard arguments this week about voting laws in Arizona that would make ballot access harder for people living in rural areas like the Navajo Nation. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports that the conservative court isn't likely to strike down the laws which could pave the way for more legislation that cuts into future election turnout. The…
 
President Biden announced yesterday an accelerated vaccination timeline in the United States, but some states are already moving to fully reopen—a move public health experts warn could lead to deadly mutations and a dangerous backslide. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, pharmaceuticals correspondent Sydney Lupkin, and national polit…
 
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