War of Words: Forbidden Books, Winter Olympics, Spotify Drama


  • The first standing: We have the latest on the US military operation in Syria, a potential COVID-19 vaccine for children under five, and a bombshell lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the NFL. Moreover, the latest data shows that rents in major cities are exorbitant.

  • Following: Speaking of sport and scandal… the Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing this week. We’ll talk to a reporter about diplomatic boycotts and the controversy surrounding the games.

  • ICYMI: Spotify is facing music after major musicians and podcasters began boycotting the platform. The reason? Misinformation about COVID-19. We will break down the debate.

  • More: A record number of books are banned from school libraries across the United States. We’ll talk to several experts about banned books, why, and what impact it might have on students and teachers.

  • Finally: Everyone is talking about Wordle. We’ll tell you five things you need to know about the not-so-popular online game that was recently bought up for a casual seven-figure.

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In this episode you will hear:

  • Alicia MazzarraSenior Research Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • David RenieBeijing Bureau Chief, The Economist

  • Nora PelizzariDirector of Communications, National Coalition Against Censorship

  • Nadra Nittleeducation journalist, the 19th

  • Kalynn Bayronauthor, “Cinderella is dead”

  • Keiawnna Pitts, mother, Round Rock Black Parents Association

  • Carly Mallenbaum, Skim well writer

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