Tragedy in Georgia

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Sasha Hasanbegovic looks down after laying flowers at a makeshift memorial outside the Gold Spa following the deadly shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 19, 2021. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

Congress is debating how to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. House Democrats passed their version this week, but Republicans in the Senate have concerns about guns and other issues. As the nation reacts to a horrific attack aimed at Asian American women in Atlanta, what is the prospect for federal action? Josh Barro speaks with Christine Emba and Megan McArdle about objections to the bill — are Democrats arguing against a more progressive position on policing? Are Republicans just objecting to restrictions on guns?

Alec MacGillis of ProPublica joins the panel to discuss his reporting on the toll of the pandemic on children and teens, including academic losses, social isolation, mental health and suicide. Then, the panel discusses Alec’s new book Fulfillment: Winning And Losing In One-Click America that examines economic inequality and disparities in the United States through the lens of Amazon. The company has intensified the trend of ‘winning’ cities with unaffordable housing and ‘losing’ cities with a rusted-out economic base. How much of that is Amazon’s fault, and would a union for Amazon workers ameliorate it?

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Credits

Guest:
Alec MacGillis - Baltimore-based reporter for ProPublica - @AlecMacGillis

Hosts:
Christine Emba, Josh Barro, Megan McArdle

Producer:
Sara Fay