The “Murder Mystery” Edition


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Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

The Ezra Klein Show: “Obama Explains How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’

Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence, by Patrick Sharkey

Monica C. Bell for the Yale Law Journal: “Police Reform and the Dismantling of Legal Estrangement

Penn Wharton Budget Model: “COVID-19 School Closures: Long-Run Macroeconomic Effects

Hang Up and Listen: “The Naomi Osaka Withdraws Edition

Here’s this week’s chatter:

John: Kathryn Schulz for TED: “Don’t Regret Regret”; Cal Newport for The New Yorker: “What if Remote Work Didn’t Mean Working from Home?

Emily: Mare of Easttown; Julie Miller for Vanity Fair: “Kate Winslet on Mare of Easttown and Creating a Real Heroine for Tired Times

David: CityCast Denver: “Responding to 911 Calls With Sweatpants and Snacks, Not Guns

Listener chatter from James Williams: Arnstein Aassve, Guido Alfani, Francesco Gandolfi, and Marco Le Moglie for Health Economics: “Epidemics and Trust: The Case of the Spanish Flu

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open.

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Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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