Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

Bridging the Communication Gap for Incarcerated Families

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ahead of Father’s Day, The Takeaway talks to Antoine Patton and his daughter Jay Jay about their efforts to improve relationships with kids across bars.  

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Opioid Maker Insys Declares Bankruptcy After $225 Million Settlement

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Insys Therapeutics has become the first major opioid manufacture to declare bankruptcy after facing fines resulting from fraud charges brought by the Justice Department. 

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Three Years Later, LGBTQ Gun Violence Activists Reflect on the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The violence that unfolded in a once safe space became a call to action for many in the LGBTQ community.

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The Challenges of Preserving Audio in the 21st Century

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In light of a New York Times report detailing a 2008 Universal Studios fire that destroyed over 500,000 song recordings, The Takeaway looks into best practices for audio preservation.

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"Always Be My Maybe" and the Continuing History of Asian American Comedy

Thursday, June 06, 2019

The Netflix film further brings Asian American comedians to the forefront.

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Parkland School Officer is Arrested, Forcing New Questions About Police in Schools

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Critics say school resource officers heighten the chance of propelling students into the school-to-prison pipeline. Others say they are a school's best defense against a gunman.

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The Enduring Battle Over Access to Educational Materials for Inmates

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

An Illinois prison recently removed 200 books from its prison library. Many state prison systems claim certain books cause significant security risks, but advocates call it censorship.

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Backlash to Documentary 'After Maria' Highlights Demand for Wider Range of Puerto Rican Films

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Netflix has received backlash for the documentary, 'After Maria,' which some members of the Puerto Rican community say ignores hardships on the island in the aftermath of the storm.

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How to Manage Burnout in a High Pressure Work Environment

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The World Health Organization's new definition of burnout relates to “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” 

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ICE Placed Thousands in Solitary Confinement, Many for Minor Infractions

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Detainees were placed in solitary confinement for cutting another detainee's hair or sharing a coffee cup. 

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The Juggle: Relationships in Your 40s

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Takeaway is tackling life your 40s and what makes this decade so unique. Next up: relationships. 

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Kenya Could be the Next Country to Strike Down a Colonial-Era Law Against Homosexuality

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The law in question is part of the penal code in dozens of former British colonies. 

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New York City Considers Ban on Fur

Monday, May 20, 2019

Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson is urging his colleagues to support a proposed ban on the sale of fur in New York City, setting off the latest chapter in a long debate.

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Hospitals in Rural America are Closing, with Devastating Consequences

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Patients are having to travel long distances to access the care they need.

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As Uber Prepares to Go Public, Drivers Across the Country Strike

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Drivers are demanding better pay, as the company stands to reap $10 billion after its long-awaited IPO.

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Celebrating One Year of Tanzina Vega: A Live Takeaway Broadcast

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The Takeaway broadcasts live from The Greene Space to mark Tanzina Vega's one-year anniversary, with a look at three gaps at the core of the show's mission: wealth, truth, and empathy.

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PG&E Proposes a Wildfire Victim's Fund

Monday, May 06, 2019

PG&E proposed a $150 million fund offer victims of California's devastating wildfires with housing and living expenses. 

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Who Gets to Make a Living as an Artist?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The more affluent a person's family is, the greater chance they have of landing a career in the arts.

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First Licensed Vaccine to Immunize Children in Three Malaria-Endemic Countries

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Children in Malawi began to be immunized against malaria with the world's first licensed vaccine this week.

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Breaking Down Elizabeth Warren's $1.25 Trillion Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

On Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren rolled out a plan to reduce student loan debt of up to $50,000. The proposal could impact over 40 million Americans.

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