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BONUS: India's Farmer Protest

This bonus episode is about India. Currently home to the one of the largest protests in modern history. Tens of thousands of farmers across the country are demanding that the government revoke a series of reforms that will change India's agricultural sector. NPR's Planet Money podcast follows a farmer who jumped into the free market 25 years before these laws were passed, and whose story serves as an example of both the prospects and the perils of liberalization.

BONUS: India's Farmer Protest

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Police Shootings and Protest, J&J Vaccine Pause Impact, U.S.-Japan Security Talk

More protests and and outpouring of grief over police shootings of Black and Latino Americans. As the country opens up vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 16, authorities keep the administration of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus on pause as they review cases of rare blood clots associated with the shot. President Biden talks global security and threats with Japan's prime minister, with much of the discussion focusing on China.

Police Shootings and Protest, J&J Vaccine Pause Impact, U.S.-Japan Security Talk

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Chicago Police Shooting, Chauvin Case, Afghan Security Concerns

The release bodycam footage of the fatal police shooting of a 13 year old in Chicago sparks protests. The prosecution and the defense will present their closing arguments to the jury in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. And, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could leave the country vulnerable to becoming a safe haven for terrorist groups.

Chicago Police Shooting, Chauvin Case, Afghan Security Concerns

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Wright Killing Aftermath, Russia Sanctions, Capitol Riot Report

While protest continue for the fourth night in Minneapolis, the white police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Daunte Wright is out on bond after being charged with second degree manslaughter. There are reports President Biden will announce new sanctions on Russia and the expulsion of diplomats in response to hacking and election interference. And, Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton will testify before Congress about the failures leading up to the January 6th insurrection.

Wright Killing Aftermath, Russia Sanctions, Capitol Riot Report

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Chauvin Trial Amid More Protests, US Troop Withdrawal, J&J Vaccine

Derek Chauvin's lawyers continue to make their case today after a third night of unrest in Minneapolis following the killing of Daunte Wright. President Biden is expected to announce US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, ending the America's longest war. And, Top health officials from the CDC and FDA are recommending states temporarily halt the use of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Chauvin Trial Amid More Protests, US Troop Withdrawal, J&J Vaccine

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Wright Shooting Latest, Iran Vs Israel, Russia Ukraine Tensions

More protests in Minneapolis as details emerge about the killing of yet another black man by a police officer. Iran is promising revenge for an explosion at one of it's largest nuclear facilities, threatening the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as talks resume. And, Russia is building up its military presence along the Ukrainian border stoking fears of another invasion.

Wright Shooting Latest, Iran Vs Israel, Russia Ukraine Tensions

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Police Shooting Amid Chauvin Trial, Vaccine Supply, Biden Semiconductors

There is fresh outrage over the killing of another black man in a suburb of Minneapolis just miles from the courtroom where former officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd. There are vaccine shortages in some states where cases are rising. And, the Biden administration is holding a summit today to address the shortage of semi-conductors, a crucial supply chain issue.

Police Shooting Amid Chauvin Trial, Vaccine Supply, Biden Semiconductors

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AstraZeneca Vaccine, Amazon Workers Reject Union, Chauvin Trial Update

Concerns about the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have countries reconsidering its use. In Alabama, Amazon warehouse workers voted against unionizing. The medical examiner testified this week about ruling George Floyd's death a homicide.

AstraZeneca Vaccine, Amazon Workers Reject Union, Chauvin Trial Update

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Chauvin Trial, Unrest In Northern Ireland, Colorado Gun Measures Stall

The murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin is closing out it's second week as the prosecution calls on more medical experts to point to Chauvin's use of force as the cause of George Floyd's death. Northern Ireland is seeing a new wave of violence following nearly a week of nightly clashes with police. And, lawmakers in Colorado are reluctant to pass stricter gun measures following the mass shooting that killed ten people.

Chauvin Trial, Unrest In Northern Ireland, Colorado Gun Measures Stall

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Biden Gun Control, Brazil COVID Surge, Chauvin Trial

President Joe Biden is following through on a campaign promise to implement common sense gun laws. He is expected to introduce regulations for certain types of firearms and accessories. COVID-19 deaths are surging in Brazil, yet President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to lockdown the country. And, Derek Chauvin's defense is trying to make the case that George Floyd's death had less to do with use of force and more to do with his opioid addiction and underlying health concerns.

Biden Gun Control, Brazil COVID Surge, Chauvin Trial

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