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On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at limiting liability protections for some social media companies. The move comes just days after Twitter fact-checked and labeled two of his tweets as inaccurate. According to NPR, legal experts say it's unlikely that the order will have any practical effect on tech giants like Twitter. Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called out Twitter for its fact-checking, saying Facebook won't be "arbiters of truth." What does all of this mean for the platforms, for users, for free speech, and for democracy?

Our guests explore the issues. They also discuss how social media and journalism have changed as a result of the pandemic. Our guests:

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First hour: Discussing the possible impacts of Trump's executive order aimed at social media

Second hour: How to safely move into the summer season during a pandemic (*This hour will be rescheduled due to Governor Cuomo's press conference.)

The story of a white woman in New York City who called police and falsely accused an African American man of threatening her has gone viral. Amy Cooper was walking her dog in an area of Central Park where leashes are required. Christian Cooper (no relation), an avid bird watcher who was in the park for that purpose, approached her and asked her to leash the dog. When she didn't, the situation escalated and led to the woman calling police and claiming the man was threatening her and her dog. Christian Cooper recorded a video of the incident. When police responded, both people had left and no charges were filed, but the video has been shared widely and sparked discussions of the history of black people being falsely reported to police.

This hour, our guests discuss that history, the impact of the incident in Central Park, and more. Our guests:

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated social inequalities, and at times, led to frustration, stress, and even fights in the community. The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence has launched a new campaign called "Nonviolence Now" to help people communicate peacefully and resolve conflicts without causing harm.

We talk to representatives from the Institute about the project and what they hope to accomplish, especially during the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Chyna Moorehead, youth educator at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Alex Hubbell, youth educator at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Jamie Rudd, marketing and special projects coordinator and garden manager at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Gandhi Institute

First hour: The Gandhi Institute's "Nonviolence Now" campaign

Second hour: Discussing the history of African Americans being falsely reported to police

How is the nominating process changing for political parties as a result of the pandemic? This hour, we discuss that question with local members of the Libertarian Party. The party moved its presidential nominating convention and a convention to elect party officers to Zoom and YouTube.

Our guests talk about the process, and share additional updates from the party, including their selection for a presidential candidate. Our guests:

NY State Board of Elections

First hour: Updates from the Libertarian Party

Second hour: How to move into the summer season during a pandemic

Assembly member Jamie Romeo has decided not to seek re-election for her 136th District seat; instead, she will seek the Monroe County Clerk position, which she has held since it was vacated by Adam Bello.

Three Democrats are vying for the Assembly seat in the upcoming primary. This hour, we hear from Sarah Clark, Nelson Lopatin, and Justin Wilcox. They share their platforms and priorities, and answer our questions and yours. Our guests:

75 years ago this month, the Allies celebrated V-E Day. As time marches on, the voices of those who fought in the war or who were part of the war effort on the home front become fewer.

This hour, we hear from two local veterans who share their experiences. Our guests:

  • Jack Foy, machine gunner in the Army 87th Infantry Division, World War II
  • Corporal John Woods, Army Air Corps, World War II

First hour: Local World War II veterans share their experiences

Second hour: Candidates for the 136th Assembly District Democratic primary

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