Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products.

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Need for Home Care Workers Grows, But They're Exploited

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

These positions are among the hardest and lowest paid in the country.

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Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

In the rural United States, communities depend on emergency medical services, but operating an ambulance in these areas comes with a unique set of challenges. 

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Rising Temperatures are Creating Dangerous Conditions for Workers

Monday, August 26, 2019

Over 800 workers died in the U.S. from heat exposure between 1992 and 2017.

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Politics with Amy Walter: Should We Be Worried About a Recession?

Friday, August 23, 2019

How much uncertainty has the trade war with China introduced to the market? Plus, a look at a new trading block in Africa. 

1619: How Slavery has Impacted the Empathy Gap in our Country

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today.

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1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States. 

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1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Wealth Gap

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today.

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1619: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the United States

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

It’s time for a historical reckoning. 

What the New Ebola Treatments Mean for Drug Development

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Two new Ebola treatments are not the only life-saving drugs on the horizon. There’s also been progress in the treatment of life-threatening diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

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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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