Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss the week's news, including a continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky due to the Delta variant. Guests: Russ Cassady, Appalachian News-Express; Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader; and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.
As the delta variant makes a deadly sweep through unvaccinated communities, renewing calls for masks and vaccine mandates, health experts say that rare “breakthrough infections” among vaccinated people are not a sign that vaccines are failing. Instead, they are a warning of how vaccine holdouts can endanger even their inoculated neighbors. Laura Santhanam reports for PBS NewsHour.
Renee Shaw and her guests discuss back-to-school issues including health and safety protocols. Guests: Jason Glass, Ed.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education; Marty Pollio, Ed.D., superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools; Carrie Ballinger, superintendent of Rockcastle County Schools; Eddie Campbell, president of the Kentucky Education Association; Penny Christian, vice president of leadership outreach for the Kentucky PTA; and Eric Kennedy, director of advocacy for the Kentucky School Boards Association.
After more than two years of negotiations, a number of states agreed to a $26 billion settlement with three large drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson for their roles in the opioids epidemic. Half a million deaths over two decades are attributed to opioids and fatal overdoses. William Brangham discusses the settlement with Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, who worked on this agreement.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and the latest on Kentucky's economy and unemployment numbers. Guests: Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader; Chris Otts, WDRB in Louisville; and Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal.
PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam discusses four habits Americans picked up during the COVID-19 pandemic that may become part of daily life once cases are finally under control: parents wearing masks until their children are vaccinated; daily exercise and cooking meals at home; telemedicine; and working remotely.
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas examines the variation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution rates in communities and regions across the U.S., as the nation inches toward the Biden Administration's goal of having 70 percent of adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
After 18 months that left an estimated 600,000 Americans dead and sickened millions more, the coronavirus pandemic feels like it’s loosening its hold on the United States. Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour presents five different series of data that offer a snapshot about how the nation is recovering and what work is left to be done.