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Media Roundtable: Why The US Was Unprepared For COVID-19, Juneteenth Labor Actions & Police Unions

Jun 19, 2020

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're speaking with FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith about The Virus: What Went Wrong, a new documentary that traces the Trump administration’s failure to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than two million people have tested positive and more than 28,000 people have died in the US. Despite repeated warnings, leaders failed to act. Who should be held accountable?

Later in the show, we'll discuss labor strikes across the country in support of Black Lives Matter on Juneteenth. 

Guests:

Martin Smith, Emmy-winning correspondent for PBS’ FRONTLINE and producer of The Virus: What Went Wrong

Mike Elk, labor reporter and co-founder of Payday Report

Matthew Cunningham-Cook, labor reporter for The Intercept

Web Resources:

 

FRONTLINE: The Virus: What Went Wrong?

The Intercept: HOW TO MARK JUNETEENTH IN THE YEAR 2020

PayDay Report: AFL-CIO Censors Payday Comments on Cop Unions From It’s Twitter Feed

The Intercept: The AFL-CIO's Police Union Problem is Bigger Than You Think

The New Yorker: The Faces of a New Union Movement

The New Yorker: How Police-Union Power Helped Increase Abuses