Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal

Thursday, April 04, 2019

There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence.


Lori Lightfoot Voted in as Chicago's First African American Woman Mayor

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On Tuesday, Chicago became the largest U.S. city to elect an African American woman as mayor. Now, all eyes are on how Lori Lightfoot will address issues from gun violence to policing.


In Hulu's "Shrill," a Fat-Phobic World Is the Punchline

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Shrill, based on the Lindy West memoir of the same name, explores the personal story of a self-described fat woman in pursuit of her own lost power.


Why Country Music Classifications Often Fall Along Racial Lines

Monday, April 01, 2019

Last month, Billboard removed the country-trap song, “Old Town Road,” from its country chart. The decision has highlighted how music genres are often classified along racial lines.


Ogossagou Massacre: More Than 150 Fulani Villagers Killed in Mali

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Part of the rise in violence against the Fulani herding population has come because of charges that the nomadic herding group has ties to Islamist militant groups.


Hunger 9 Strike to Raise Awareness on Gun Violence in Miami

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Although crime has gone down overall in Miami-Dade County, gun violence disproportionately affects black neighborhoods. 


Ethiopian Airlines Crash Prompts Questions About Innovation and Safety

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This was the second time in five months that a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has crashed.


No Charges Against Sacramento Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Last Year

Monday, March 04, 2019

The Sacramento district attorney announced this weekend that no charges would be filed against two officers who killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year.


Africa's Sleeping Giant Goes to the Polls

Monday, February 25, 2019

There’s a lot at stake in these elections — especially when it comes to the Nigerian economy.


Oakland Teachers Strike Amid Longstanding Troubles in California Education System

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Despite recent efforts to redesign school funding in the state of California, strikes over the past year suggest that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.