Orlando Marches Forward, Cultivating Community Health, Love and The Law

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A memorial outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, one year after a deadly attack killed 49 people.
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Coming up on today's show:

  • Today marks the one year anniversary since the brutal attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. For a look at how the community is recovering, The Takeaway turns to Amanda Grau, a survivor of the attack; Brian Anthony Alvear, the brother of Amanda Alvear, who was killed during the shooting; and Terry DeCarlo, the executive director of The GLBT Center of Central Florida.
  • Since the shooting took place, the Orlando Police Department has been criticized for its response to the attack at Pulse nightclub. Brendan Byrne, a reporter for public radio station WMFE in Orlando, shares an in-depth look at what happened that night, and provides an update on the status of all investigations.
  • Puerto Ricans went to the polls over the weekend and voted overwhelmingly for statehood. Some are skeptical of the results, noting that only 23 percent of registered voters turned out. Yet, many doubt that the Republican-controlled Congress will support a measure to make Puerto Rico the 51st state. Where does this leave the economically beleaguered island? Dánica Coto, a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in San Juan, answers. 
  • Esther Dyson, a New York-based tech investor, developed the "Way to Wellville" contest, which has small American towns compete to develop health and wellness road maps for their communities. The winners participate in community-wide prevention and wellness efforts with help from Dyson and her team. Michigan’s Muskegon County is one of the winners and has come a long way to improving the health of its residents. Dyson and Jamie Hekker, the community engagement coordinator for public health in Muskegon County, discuss the ins and outs of the contest. 
  • Today is the 50th Anniversary of Loving Vs. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that declared laws criminalizing interracial marriage unconstitutional. Jami Floyd is an attorney, legal analyst, and host of All Things Considered on WNYC. Her parents, an interracial couple, were married in 1956, 11 years before the Loving decision. She discusses her new initiative, the "Other Box Project," and reflects on this historic Supreme Court ruling today on The Takeaway. 
  • With only six interpreters at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and a shortage of Spanish speakers at the 911 call center, families and the wounded at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando faced a language barrier that magnified the terror and uncertainty of the attack. Since then, the city has had to fill a similar gap in Spanish-speaking staff for mental health resources. Crystal Chavez, a reporter and host for WMFE in Orlando, Florida, explains.