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An upbeat power-pop thrasher—this relatable song is one you can listen to non-stop on repeat. 
After a brief reprieve with vaccine rollout this spring, the number of COVID cases in the U.S. is on the rise with breakthrough infections, including those caused by the delta variant which is spreading rapidly, especially to those who are unvaccinated. MJ Knefel comments on the best way to move forward while also balancing all the relevant factors.
Brian Kilmeade's said plenty of batshit things on Fox and Friends, but his words Monday might take the cake.
It's hard to say whether Trump's gone full anti-vax with his latest statement, but it's a humorous moment of cognitive dissonance for the former president.
"If the vaccine's so good, why do they have to push it?" wonders anchor on cable news network spewing bogus narratives on a daily basis.
​MJ Knefel explains the Summer Rising initiative in NYC as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic​. Although the support for children and families is to be applauded, MJ cautions against an academically rigorous summer when what children really need is a break and a chance to play.
Rep. Thomas Massie's proposed bill to prohibit the U.S. military from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine is dumb for several reasons.
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st Person) in order to come together with strangers to take quick, collective action to save someone from self-harm. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Moon" by Bachelor
‘In The Heights’ transposes the staged depiction of Washington Heights to the big screen. Stories from the pandemic and protests. Plus music by Alex Lleo and Ifeanyi Elswith.
John Knefel refutes the current claims that there is a shortage of workers in the United States and offers the reality that there are fewer workers who are willing to work in poor conditions for inadequate pay.
With one signature and explicatory tweet, the Texas governor laid bare conservatives' warped views on liberty.
MJ Knefel describes why affordable healthcare must become a priority.
Dr. Celine Gounder explains what’s behind so-called vaccine hesitancy and how to boost vaccine confidence. Also, New Line Cinema’s ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead.’ Plus music by Michael Cormier.
Dr. Céline Gounder discusses how she & other health experts work to build America’s vaccine confidence.
MJ Knefel comments on the recent mask guidance from the CDC, noting that while the United States has been lucky with recent vaccine availability, there are a number of reasons people may be reluctant to stop masking.
MJ Knefel explains that while access to the COVID-19 vaccine has improved, the structure of US healthcare is a hurdle still to be overcome.
Biden's address to Congress, kids age 12-15 will be cleared for the Pfizer vaccine next week as the US redefines our expectations for herd immunity. Photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons
The week before Thanksgiving 2020, Alana’s father started feeling ill. He soon discovered that he was positive for COVID-19. Not long after, the other members of Alana’s family also came down with the virus. Alana shares the hardships that her family went through while ailing and confined within their home.
Julia Kwon is a Korean American artist working with textiles. Her work explores the objectification of Asiatic female bodies and the complexities of constructing identity within the context of globalism, cultural hybridity and intersectionality. Throughout the conversation we talk about Julia’s face mask project titled Unapologetically Asian. For additional resources on how to help Asian communities, click here All images courtesy of the artist
MJ Knefel criticizes the arguments regarding "learning loss," which have been made throughout the pandemic – a concept used as the reason for keeping K-12 schools open.
Jen shares the details of her personal experience with a COVID-19 infection.
Some are political, some are just plain dumb. But all get at the sense of general relief that we might finally be near the end of this thing.
While COVID-19 forced most K-12 schools across the country to adopt some alternative method of instruction over the last year, many are hopeful for the fall and what that means for in-person instruction. MJ Knefel addresses the fact that in many ways, schools operating in the same way they did before the pandemic is not desirable.
As the number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to rise, there is still a lot of media focus on vaccine hesitancy, and the communities who won’t be getting the vaccine right away. MJ Knefel comments on why access to vaccines, and removing barriers to medical care, should be a more pressing issue.
Ashley is an elementary school art teacher at a New York City public school in an underserved area. She shares the difficulties she faced while teaching students remotely after the city locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remarking on the recent increase in coronavirus cases, even as the number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise, MJ Knefel explains why it's incorrect to place blame on individual behavior in areas where infection rates are high.
A GOP polling firm used a simple rhetorical trick to make the massive relief bill seem wasteful and insidious. It didn't work.
There's arguably no worse person to debate the merits of masks, but Paul tried it with Dr. Anthony Fauci anyway.
The president makes progress. A governor descends further into scandal. The Oscar-nominated film, ‘Another Round.’ Plus music from Bartees Strange and Mala Vista.
As details continue to surface in multiple scandals involving New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Molly Knefel comments on his actions over the last year and his current decline in popularity.
Biden's openness to filibuster reform is a good sign for progressives and acknowledges their impact on the administration.
Ben details his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the city and local indie rock scene he’s a part of reacted to the pandemic.
Passing the latest COVID relief bill is an enormous win, and there are more wins on the horizon if Democrats continue pushing.
There’s far more to be encouraged about in the latest COVID relief bill than just stimulus checks.
John Knefel comments on the long and continuing battle for a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour after a vote failed to pass the Senate as part of an amendment to the most recent COVID relief bill.
Consuming whatever, wherever, and however they want is the only "freedom" most Americans deem worth fighting for.
Cable news hosts and Democratic Party bosses loved him as a foil to Trump. But now that Trump is gone, Cuomo's usefulness has all but dried up.
Journalist Ryan Cooper on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent troubles. Lee Isaac Chung’s film, ‘Minari.’ Plus music from T.V.O.D. and Kaz Mirblouk.
Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on the Biden Administration’s plans to reopen K-12 schools across the country and why returning to the pre-COVID status quo should be avoided.
States rushing to reopen now feels a bit like starting your end zone dance at the 20-yard line.
John Knefel comments on the most recent grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic as the United States passes 500,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.
It's your late winter, late pandemic, extremely over it Covid roundup. Plus, lessons from the communist party in Alabama in the 1930s. photo courtesy of Fulbert via Wikimedia Commons
Trump was acquitted again, the CDC issued new guidance for school reopening, and another vaccine roundup. Photo courtesy of TapTheForwardAssist via Wikimedia Commons
Joe Biden has a plan, but is it enough? Trump needs to be held to account, but will he be? Plus music by Thick and Bruisey Peets.
John Knefel comments on a few of the early moves made by the newly installed Biden Administration.
A look at the cautious optimism of the first few days of the Biden administration, and a check in on schools as Chicago teachers vote to refuse to return. COVID-19 School closure sign in Williamsport, PA photo courtesy of Brinacor via Wikimedia Commons
Maggie shares some of the ups and downs of parenting during the pandemic and acknowledges that even while their family’s basic needs were always met, there has been a lot to balance over the last 10 months.
Stephen detais his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the busy Brooklyn music scene he’s a part of may have helped to spread it among his friends before people knew how serious the pandemic would turn out to be–and perhaps already was, in retrospect–along with his thoughts on the response to the crisis and how, while hard to live through, it’s confirmed why he loves the city. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Featherweight" by Fleet Foxes
John Knefel comments on the inadequate rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
We spend the hour on the disastrous vaccine rollout.
2020 In Review! We revisit our chat about the 2011 movie, ‘Contagion’ from way back in March. Plus music by Lisel, Activity, Shamir, Felicia Douglass… and Allison Langerak and Wyatt Tuzo.