Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

The Backlash Against Jay-Z's Partnership with the NFL

Monday, August 19, 2019

The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives.

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Has Anything Changed in Flint?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Like in 2016, the 2020 presidential candidates continue to talk about and visit Flint, yet many residents still don't have safe water. 

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Why Aren't There More Female Esports Competitors?

Monday, August 05, 2019

As esports becomes more popular, the gender divide amongst its competitors is becoming more apparent.

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Remembering the Red Summer, 100 Years Later

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Black communities faced unprecedented violence during the Red Summer of 1919, and responded with activism that laid the groundwork for modern protest movements. 

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Democratic Debates in Detroit and Where Black Voters Stand in 2020

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Democrats lost many black voters in 2016. The Democratic debates in Detroit, a majority-black city, could show how Democrats plan to get those votes back in 2020.

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Police Departments are Struggling to Help Officers With Their Mental Health, But It's Not Always Welcome

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Police departments around the country are trying to break the culture of silence around mental health struggles.

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Tinder Now Issues Alerts to LGBTQ Users Entering Countries Where Same-Sex Relationships are Criminalized

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tinder has warned LGBTQ users to exercise caution when connecting to people in these countries as law enforcement has been known to use the app for entrapment. 

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Departure of Dan Coats Signals New Direction for Intelligence Agencies Heading into 2020

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down next month, after a tenure that saw him clash with President Trump over Russian election meddling.

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California Prepares for the Worst of Fire Season

Thursday, July 25, 2019

PG&E, Northern California's biggest utility, is under a microscope after being held responsible for some of the most devastating fires over the last two years. 

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Database Shows that Drug Companies Distributed 76 Billion Opioid Pills in 7 Years

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

As a result, major drug companies will face the first of many lawsuits in October.

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The Inequity of Sex Offender Registries

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The recent revelation's about Jeffrey Epstein's sex crimes demonstrates many of the problems within sex offender registries. 

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Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner's Death

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On the fifth anniversary of Garner's death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved.

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Summer Reads to Beat the Heat

Monday, July 08, 2019

New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal joins The Takeaway with a list of recommendations worth reading during the hottest months of the year.

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Songs of Summer

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Listeners share their favorite summer anthems for 2019.

The Private Pain of Social Media Stardom for Online Gamers

Monday, July 01, 2019

Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika, amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube, while apparently struggling with mental health issues. 

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The Trump Campaign Has Not Paid Their Police Bills

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Trump campaign owes at least $841,219 to ten different municipal governments for police services during his campaign rallies.  

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A Look at the Juneteenth Hearing on Slavery Reparations Bill

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Slavery reparations have entered the mainstream political discourse. We take a look at a congressional hearing on a bill that would move it forward.

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Not All Female Athletes Play to the Male Gaze

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

After getting a league of their own, W.N.B.A players embrace a fashion sense of their own.

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Massacre of Pro-Democratic Protesters Brings Global Attention to Crisis in Sudan

Monday, June 17, 2019

The killing of at least 100 protesters in Sudan by paramilitary forces has brought global awareness to the human rights atrocities being committed by the military leadership.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges in Flint Water Crisis Cases, Extending Investigation

Monday, June 17, 2019

Last week, prosecutors dropped all pending criminal charges against officials involved in the Flint water crisis, creating another delay in the city's ordeal.

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