Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

What Little Richard, Andre Harrell, and Betty Wright Meant for the Music Industry

Monday, May 11, 2020

The music industry was dealt a serious blow this weekend with the loss of three icons.

Spain Takes Steps Toward Reopening

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The country has had more than 220,000 confirmed cases and around 26,000 deaths.

Reopening Hollywood: A Look at How the Industry Can Reboot Post-Pandemic

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

As some parts of the country start to reopen, Hollywood is looking ahead to how studios will eventually reopen, too.

Brazil’s President is Actively Undermining Public Health Efforts to Fight COVID-19

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

For weeks, since COVID-19 began spreading in Brazil, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed its seriousness. 

More and More People in Jails and Prisons Are Dying of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Testing in facilities is inconsistent around the country. But the majority of those tested are positive for the virus.

Keep or Ditch: How Our Lives Will Change After COVID-19

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Shaking hands? Canceled.  

Navajo Nation is Being Hit Hard By COVID-19

Monday, May 04, 2020

Densely populated states like New York and New Jersey have been hit hard by COVID-19, the area with the third highest infection rate in the country is Navajo Nation.

Why COVID-19 is So Deadly in Long-Term Care Facilities

Monday, May 04, 2020

More than 16,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have died in the U.S. of COVID-19.

Cannabis Companies Struggling During COVID-19 Are Ineligible for Federal Relief

Thursday, April 30, 2020

One industry that is not feeling the benefits of that bailout is the cannabis industry. How will the industry survive the pandemic?

Why is There So Much Pressure to Be Productive During the Pandemic?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mental strain from quarantine is making daily life harder as traditional and social media pressure people to self-improve and be productive during this time.

Puerto Rico Still Lagging Behind on Coronavirus Testing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Puerto Rico currently has the lowest per capita testing rate, compared with any U.S. state.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City's Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We spoke with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about the tough choices ahead.

The Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Postal Service

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What could become of the USPS during this pandemic if they're not bailed out?

How Coronavirus Has Hit Local News

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The news industry has been struggling to stay afloat for years. But local news has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19.

Number of COVID-19 Deaths in New York City Likely Far Greater Than Reported

Thursday, April 09, 2020

A significant rise in the number of at-home deaths suggests that the city has not been counting everyone dying from COVID-19. That's going to change.

COVID-19: Detroit's Black Community is Disproportionately Falling Ill and Dying

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

A journalist and Detroit native tells us about this moment in her city.

COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer: Early Data Shows African Americans Are Dying at Higher Rates

Monday, April 06, 2020

Early data shows black people are being infected and dying at higher rates than other communities.


Listeners Tell Us: Housing Costs Hit Hard During COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 06, 2020

We asked listeners if COVID-19 was affecting their ability to pay for housing, and where they are turning for help.


What COVID-19 Means for the American South

Monday, April 06, 2020

What was initially contained to the coasts is now starting to engulf the rest of the country, including states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. 


Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities

Thursday, April 02, 2020

In American Indian communities, the coronavirus outbreak has exposed a number of longstanding public health inequities.