The prison pipeline – The Weeds – Vox

Matt sits down with John Pfaff, professor and author of Locked In, an influential and important 2017 book about mass incarceration in America. The two discuss some common misconceptions about America’s prison population, three different meanings of the term “broken windows,” and what might be the true cause 

The Weeds is Vox’s podcast for politics and policy discussions. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare immigration, and housing. You can listen to it, and more Vox podcasts, here or join the Weeds Facebook community for conversation around each episode.

— Read on www.vox.com/the-weeds

How the Word is Passed

In ‘How the Word is Passed,’ writer and poet Clint Smith visits eight places central to the history of slavery in America, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation and Louisiana’s Angola prison. “We are taught that the history of slavery is something that happened almost like when there were dinosaurs,” he says. But Smith notes that his grandfather’s grandfather was enslaved — and that “this history that we are told was so long ago wasn’t, in fact, that long ago at all.”

The girl in the Kent State photo and the lifelong burden of being a national symbol – The Washington Post

In 1970, an image of a dead protester at Kent State became iconic. But what happened to the 14-year-old kneeling next to him?
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/04/19/girl-kent-state-photo-lifelong-burden-being-national-symbol/

Wings of exploration: reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the space shuttle – SpaceFlight Insider

The launch of the space shuttle on April 12, 1981, proved to be a history-making event. For many, that day stemmed careers, dreams and imaginations alike.
— Read on www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-history/wings-of-exploration-reflecting-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-space-shuttle/

Mask adherence and rate of COVID-19 across the United States

Our analysis suggests high adherence to mask wearing could be a key factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This association between high mask adherence and reduced COVID-19 rates should influence policy makers and public health officials to focus on ways to improve mask adherence across the population in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

— Read on journals.plos.org/plosone/article

Kim Potter Will Be Charged With Manslaughter in Daunte Wright Killing – The New York Times

Kimberly A. Potter, who resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, was arrested on Wednesday.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/us/kim-potter-charged-daunte-wright.html

Minnesota National Guard deployed after crowds protest death of Daunte Wright in officer-involved shooting – CNN

The Minnesota National Guard was deployed overnight to the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center after crowds protested the death of a man in an officer-involved shooting and car crash on Sunday.
— Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/04/12/us/brooklyn-center-minnesota-police-shooting/index.html

Russia Has a Massive Amount of Tactical Nuclear Weapons. Why? | The National Interest

Russia’s non-strategic nukes are premised on U.S. conventional military superiority.
— Read on nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-has-massive-amount-tactical-nuclear-weapons-why-182433

Opinion | Putin again threatens war with Ukraine. The West must be ready to respond. – The Washington Post

The recent diplomatic flurry may not deter the Russian president.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/putin-again-threatens-war-with-ukraine-the-west-must-be-ready-to-respond/2021/04/08/7f292d8e-96f4-11eb-b28d-bfa7bb5cb2a5_story.html

Russia has shifted forces from Siberia to Ukraine’s doorstep. It’s a message to Biden over regional power. – The Washington Post

Russia’s moves are seen more as a statement of resolve than as a prelude to an offensive.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-ukraine-military-biden-donbas/2021/04/09/99859490-96d3-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html