Monday 15 May 2023 NPR’s Morning Edition: Jake’s Takes
1. As Sudan enters its 5th week of conflict, thousands cross into neighboring Chad. Chad is in the heart of Africa. It is an ethnically diverse country with many subcultures. Local culture is the most influential in the region of Chad. As such, what will happen when a huge number of refugees arrive from neighboring Sudan? Chad is not known for human rights. Women in Chad possess very little autonomy, and female genital mutilation is widely practiced, according to a report published by Unicef. To further complicate this situation, Chad has recently been at war with Sudan. By all measures, this is a terrifying development for the people in the region.
2. NPR’s new series is called Living Better: How Americans can take back their health. This is an interesting development. More reporting on lifestyle choices that can lead to better health outcomes is certainly a positive development. More vegetables and fruits sounds easy, but in reality it is not. Why? Fresh foods are not always available. There is also the exercise component, and that is critical as well. This is something that will surely become popular and will evolve over time. It is presented in a reactionary way at its present existence, but it can become something very cool and even crucial.
9. How will the end of Title 42 impact the work of asylum and immigration judges? With the end of Title 42, we return to Title 8. This code is somewhat stricter in some regards. Title 42 was stronger in terms of denying access to more people, but it didn’t carry harsh penalties for trying to cross illegally. With Title 8, more people are allowed to enter seeking asylum, but they must qualify under strict conditions and there are more consequences for people who try and subvert the system.
11. Voters in Thailand have spoken — they want change. Even as we see human rights come into jeopardy in the U.S. with recent attacks on women’s reproductive rights, people in other countries such as Thailand are actively fighting for more rights.
13. Liam and Olivia were the most popular baby names in 2022. Olivia is my favorite name. It’s often the case that you name someone something cool and then a decade later it becomes wildly popular making it a common name. This was true with Jake. Liam is my good friend’s son’s name who is also 9 years old. What can you do? Good names are good names.