Lydia McMullen-Laird

Lydia McMullen-Laird is an associate producer for WNYC radio. She focuses on climate change and environmental reporting.

Lydia McMullen-Laird appears in the following:

Cities And Homeowners Look For Ways To Prevent Flood Deaths In Basement Apartments

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Recent flood deaths highlighted the dangers of living in basement apartments. Experts are looking for ways to keep people safer below ground and alternative affordable housing so they won't have to.


How Hurricane Ida is Impacting Incarcerated Youth in Louisiana

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The Takeaway checks in on the how the aftermath of Hurricane Ida is affecting prisons in the New Orleans area.


Louisianans Could Face Mental Health Crisis in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Hurricane Ida and Covid-19 could put a strain on the healthcare system in New Orleans. But the long term mental health impacts could be an additional crisis that needs to be addressed.


The Supreme Court Ended Biden Administration's Eviction Moratorium

Monday, August 30, 2021

Last week, the Supreme Court put an end to the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium, a decision that could impact hundreds of thousands of renters nationwide.


Trans Athlete Bill Hearing During Most Anti-LGBTQ Year in Texas Legislative History

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Texas House, which is currently in a ‘special session,’ held a hearing on Senate Bill 2, the bill that would ban transgender student athletes from playing sports.


COVID Cases Surge in Alabama As ICU's Run Out of Beds

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Alabama has seen a 59% increase in hospitalizations over the past two weeks, with ICU’s at 100 percent capacity.


The Colorado River is Facing a Water Shortage

Monday, August 23, 2021

Last week, the federal government declared the first-ever water shortage for the Colorado River.


Gorsuch and Thomas Call to Reexamine Landmark Press Freedom Case

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The landmark press freedom case New York Times v. Sullivan is under attack by Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas.


Your Questions Answered About the Delta Variant, School Reopenings and Child Hospitalizations

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Covid-19 infection rates are reaching pre-vaccine levels in the US, with ​​more than 900,000 new cases reported last week.


Edwidge Danticat on the Devastation in Haiti

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The death toll continues to rise after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti over the weekend.


First Lady of Haiti Speaks Out About Her Husband's Assassination

Monday, August 02, 2021

The president’s widow, Martine Moïse, recently gave her first interview about her experience during her husband's assassination.


Advocates Win Unemployment Case in Arkansas as Republicans Try to Strip Benefits

Friday, July 30, 2021

Many Republican-led states have halted the extra $300 per month unemployment insurance payments, but lawsuits around the country might change that.


Fifty Years Since the War on Drugs

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

 This summer marks 50 years since the war on drugs began under President Richard Nixon. 


What Sexual Health Can Teach Us About COVID-19

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Masks have become heavily politicized, and most people just don’t like wearing them. The same has been true for condoms for many years.


Could A Surfside Building Disaster Happen On The NY Or NJ Coast?

Monday, July 26, 2021

Buildings along the New York and New Jersey coastline face similar challenges with erosion as communities along the Florida coast.


The COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Is Set to Expire This Month

Monday, July 26, 2021

The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14 percent of renters are still behind on their payments. 


Conservatives Are Changing Their Tune on Vaccines

Friday, July 23, 2021

A significant number of high-profile members of conservative media are now urging their audiences to get vaccinated.


Amid State of Emergency in Tokyo, Majority of Japanese Voters Want to Postpone the Olympics

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

There are more than two dozen COVID-19 infections among people involved with the Olympics, and an estimated 62 percent of the Japanese voters oppose the games.


Federal Assistance for Disability Keep Many in Poverty—Are Increases Coming This Fall?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Biden's platform last year promised a major expansion of supplemental security income for people with disabilities, but making that a reality is complicated.  


Is Big Tech in Big Trouble?

Monday, July 19, 2021

There are six bills currently in Congress aiming to limit the power of big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.