'I Did Not Watch the Video'
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The week Ida B. Wells’ reporting on lynching received a Pulitzer Prize, a video of 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery being chased and killed began to circulate on social media. It was one of the few news stories that have grabbed widespread attention amid the coronavirus pandemic. But how do we all process such horrible violence, even as we continue to face the daily tragedies of a pandemic?

To answer that question, host Kai Wright sat down for a video chat with a writer whose debut collection of dystopian short stories has won widespread acclaim for reimagining America's responses to anti-black violence. In this episode, Kai and Friday Black author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah reflect on how they each deal with the spectacle of anti-black violence, what they learned from their elders, and the mind-scrambling experience of living through a pandemic at the center of global capitalism.

In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt
In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt
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I Got COVID-19 From the White House (with Michael Shear)
Andy calls up The New York Times White House correspondent Michael Shear, one of three journalists who tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the superspreader event in the Rose Garden. Shear recounts what happened to him, his experience covering the Trump administration's pandemic response, and what he thinks might happen after the election, either with a second Trump term or a Biden first. Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. Follow Michael Shear on Twitter @shearm.  In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/    Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE10 for 10% off. You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.   Check out these resources from today’s episode:  Vote for In the Bubble for Best New Podcast of 2020: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2020-10-26 Read all of Michael Shear’s White House coverage for The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-d-shear.  Pre-order Michael’s book with fellow journalist Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration, out in paperback November 3rd: https://www.amazon.com/Border-Wars-Inside-Assault-Immigration/dp/1982117400/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570128485&sr=8-1.  Watch Michael on CNN talking about the White House’s lack of contact tracing: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/05/media/michael-shear-white-house-journalist/index.html  To find out where your polling place is, go to https://iwillvote.com/  Are you hoping to vote in the 2020 election? Are you confused about how to request an absentee ballot in your state? This website can help you with that: https://www.betterknowaballot.com/   Pre-order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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