Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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