Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

The Looming Crisis of COVID-19 in America's Jails and Prisons

Monday, March 30, 2020

A coronavirus outbreak in the correctional system could cause chaos for thousands of inmates across the country.

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What PG&E's Involuntary Manslaughter Guilty Plea Means for the Company's Future

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Monday, California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric announced that they’ll plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for their role in the 2018 Camp Fire.

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Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega on Motherhood and Social Isolation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Host Tanzina Vega gives us an update from her home in Queens, New York, where she is on maternity leave.

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How Effectively is the Media Covering Trump's Handling of COVID-19?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Most television and radio news outlets are airing President Trump's coronavirus press briefings, despite the president's tendency to put out misleading information.

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U.S. Soccer President Resigns Following Equal Pay Backlash

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The U.S. women's soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit, and the Soccer Federation's response has left them in hot water.  

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Puerto Rico's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Governor Wanda Vazquez has issued stricter guidelines to citizens on the island than we have seen anywhere on the mainland U.S., with a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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NASA is Accepting Applications for New Astronauts: Extensive Travel Required

Monday, March 16, 2020

NASA is taking applications for astronauts for the first time in four years. These new astronauts are likely to be part of future expeditions to the Moon and Mars.

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'A Day Without Us': Mexican Women Strike to Protest Femicide

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Women in Mexico's capital turned out for one of the largest protests in years on International Women's Day to call attention to gender-based violence.

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The High-Stakes in the L.A. County District Attorney Race

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

L.A. County is home to the largest prosecutor's office in the U.S., and its district attorney race has high-stakes for criminal justice reform in the area. 

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Obama Era Policy Made Surge in Deportation of Cubans Under Trump Possible

Thursday, March 05, 2020

The Obama administration's decision to end the decades-old wet foot, dry foot policy paved the way for the rising numbers of deported Cuban nationals.

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UC Santa Cruz Graduate Students Fight for Higher Wages

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Graduate students at the University of California at Santa Cruz are striking for higher wages. Last Friday, the university responded by firing dozens of the students.

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Black Dance Creators Are Not Getting The Credit They Deserve

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The video game Fortnite and influencers on TikTok make massive profits from using dances made by black creators without even crediting them.  

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The National Archives Is Deleting Records About Trump’s ICE Policies

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In 2017, the Archives agreed to let Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials delete or destroy documents that detail the sexual abuse and death of undocumented immigrants

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Student Homelessness is at an All-Time High

Thursday, February 06, 2020

In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 1.5 million public school children had experienced homelessness.

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Dollar Stores Continue to Boom as More Cities Implement Measures to Prevent Further Developments

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Forth Worth, Texas, has become the most recent city to pass an ordinance that will limit the number of dollar stores that can be developed. 

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When Black Critics Examine Black Art

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A number of black critics have received pushback on social media for their criticism of the new film "Queen & Slim."

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Indigenous Communities Get Unequal Recovery Aid After a Natural Disaster

Thursday, November 21, 2019

U.S. citizens on average receive $26 per person from the federal government, but tribal citizens only get about $3 per person, per year.

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Nearly Two Thousand Dams at Risk for Failure in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

An investigation from the Associated Press found that almost 1,700 dams pose potential risk for failure in 44 states and Puerto Rico. 

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'Lionheart' Oscar Snub: A Consequence of Imperialism?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The disqualification of the Nigerian film "Lionheart" from the Best International Feature Film category has ignited a conversation about the history of colonialism.

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Two Monumental Cases are Being Argued at the Supreme Court

Thursday, November 14, 2019

This week, while all eyes have been focused on the impeachment hearings in the House, two monumental cases are being argued at the Supreme Court.

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