The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
1 hr 52 min
In the midst of the historic coronavirus pandemic, economic hardship and a reckoning over racism, this November Americans will decide who leads the nation for the next four years: President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. Ahead of the 2020 election, FRONTLINE’s critically acclaimed series “The Choice” returns with interwoven investigative biographies of both men, focusing on how they have responded in moments of crisis.

In this 2-hour special from veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, hear from friends, family, colleagues and adversaries about the challenges that shaped Trump and Biden’s lives and could inform how they confront the crises facing the nation at this pivotal juncture.
The Takeaway
The Takeaway
Domestic Violence Victims in the U.S. Are Lacking Resources During Pandemic
In a previous segment, The Takeaway discussed how during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in intimate partner violence around the globe including. So we turn to look at the situation here at home, in the United States. In our series Justice Delayed, we’ve been talking about how the pandemic has led to a backlog of court cases of all kinds. Some states shuttered courts altogether for a time, others opened them with specific kinds of cases taking priority, and others are only conducting proceedings virtually. That changing court landscape means more and more victims of intimate partner violence may be facing delays in their cases, and struggling to receive, or even to reach out for, the resources they need. To understand how survivors of domestic violence are affected by COVID’s impact on the courts, we are joined by Margo Lindauer, Director of the Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law. As we talk about domestic violence on the show, we want to remind you that if you or someone you know is affected by intimate partner violence and needs help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for support in English and Spanish. Check out our 2020 election coverage here. Check out our series, "A Votar: A Look at Latino Voters in the 2020 U.S. Election," here. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe for free to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go. Want to comment on this story? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.
10 min
Ben Franklin's World
Ben Franklin's World
Liz Covart
289 Marcus Nevius, Maroonage in the Great Dismal Swamp
The name “Great Dismal Swamp” doesn’t evoke an image of a pleasant or beautiful place, and yet, it was an important place that offered land speculators the chance to profit and enslaved men and women a chance for freedom in colonial British America and the early United States. Marcus Nevius, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island and author of City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Maroonage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856, has offered to guide us into and through the Great Dismal Swamp and its history, so that we can better understand maroons and maroon communities in early America and learn more about how enslaved people used an environment around them to resist their enslaved condition. Show Notes: Join Ben Franklin's World! * _Subscribe and help us bring history right to your ears!_ Programming Note * Episodes in December 2020 will run on December 8 and December 15. BFW will be back with new episodes on January 5, 2021. Sponsor Links * _Omohundro Institute_ * _The Ben Franklin's World Shop_ Complementary Episodes * Episode 133: Patrick Breen, The Nat Turner Rebellion * Episode 176: Daina Ramey Berry, The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave * Episode 226: Ryan Quintana, Making the State of South Carolina * Episode 250: Virginia, 1619 * Episode 263: Sari Altschuler, The Medical Imagination * Episode 282: Vincent Brown, Tacky’s Revolt Listen! * _Apple Podcasts_ * _Spotify_ * _Google Podcasts_ * _Amazon Music_ * _Ben Franklin's World iOS App_ * _Ben Franklin's World Android App_ Helpful Links * _Join the Ben Franklin's World F__acebook Group_ * Ben Franklin’s World Twitter: @BFWorldPodcast * _Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page_ * _Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter_
1 hr 3 min
The Daily Dive
The Daily Dive
Moderna Filles for Emergency Use Authorization From the FDA for Its Vaccine Candidate
Moderna has now become the second company to request emergency use authorization from the FDA for their vaccine candidate. In their latest findings, the vaccine is over 94% effective against coronavirus and very effective at preventing serious cases of the virus. The next step will be on Dec. 10 when the FDA will discuss approval for Pfizer and then Dec. 17 for Moderna. Karen Weintraub, health reporter at USA Today, joins us for more as we get closer to vaccine approvals. Next, President-elect Joe Biden continues to formulate his team as he makes his way through the transition. Over the weekend he named an all female communications team and Monday announced his senior economic team where Janet Yellen will be nominated to be the first female Treasury Secretary. Not all of his nominees will be slam dunks to be confirmed, but they all have experience and respect in their respective fields. Kate Davidson, economic policy reporter at the WSJ, joins us for who is on the economic team and the challenges they will face. Finally, as we see cases of coronavirus rising and new lockdowns and restrictions imposed, restaurants are feeling the brunt of it and defying orders to close down. Feeling like scapegoats, many are worried that these continued restrictions will put them out of business. Lawsuits have also been filed against the restrictions with limited success. Heather Haddon, reporter at the WSJ, joins us for how the pandemic continues to squeeze the restaurant industry. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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