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51% #1601: Groups Push To See A Woman Of Color As VP Candidate

Apr 1, 2020

On this week’s 51%, a number of groups call on former Vice President Joe Biden to choose a woman of color as his VP; a doctor in India talks about COVID-19, and Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay on life amid a pandemic.

In the March 15 debate between Democratic presidential primary candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Biden made a commitment that made headlines.

Steve Phillips is the founder of Democracy in Color and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Brown Is the New White.”

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers have voted in favor of a landmark bill that treats abortion as a health issue rather than a crime. Until the March 18 vote, women were required to prove to a doctor that their pregnancy presented a danger to their physical or mental health before they could get an abortion. Justice Minister Andrew Little says that forced most women to lie and caused unnecessary delays which added health risks. The new law allows women up to 20 weeks pregnant to get an abortion and those over 20 weeks to get one with approval from a health practitioner.

Could the global outbreak of COVID-19 keep us apart, in more ways than just physically? Sandip Roy brings us perspective from India for KALW.

And now writer Dr. Jeri Burns assesses social distancing. 

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at storycrafters.com. Burns also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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