Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

CATEGORY: News
Connect the Dots unpacks and explains unanswered questions surrounding the most compelling stories in the news. Hosted by WCBS Newsradio’s Lynda Lopez, the weekly podcast delivers depth, context and fresh insights through interviews with experts and individuals at the center of these stories.
  1. May 10, 2022
    30 min
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    From investment to crisis: the student loan story
    How did the student loan crisis get so bad?This week onConnect the Dots, we’ll explore the history of the federal student loan program and how it has impacted a generation of borrowers. We spoke with Josh Mitch…
  2. May 02, 2022
    20 min
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    Does Disney have enough power to help repeal 'Don't Say Gay' law?
    This week on “Connect the Dots”, we’ll explore the Walt Disney Company’s tense relationship with conservative politicians as the company attempts to advocate for its LGBTQ+ employees in the wake of Florida’s Pa…
  3. April 21, 2022
    19 min
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    This is your brain on climate change
    This week on Connect the Dots, we investigate the psychological mechanisms behind climate change inaction in discussion with psychologist and environmental scholar Susan Clayton – who co-authored the American P…
  4. April 08, 2022
    18 min
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    How Biden’s proposed billionaire tax impacts the average American
    This week onConnect the Dots, we’ll explore how President Biden’s proposal could impact billionaires and their income, how it could help the average American taxpayer and if the bill has the potential to make t…
  5. April 01, 2022
    21 min
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    Arriving at a historic first: Ketanji Brown Jackson's SCOTUS nomination and the road ahead
    Pres. Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court this year by choosing Kentanji Brown Jackson to replace outgoing justice Stephen Breyer. The nation then watched as Jackso…
  6. March 26, 2022
    16 min
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    How Russia-Ukraine media coverage reveals racial bias in wartime reporting
    Are journalists – the people we hope remain neutral in the midst of war – truly unbiased when it comes to reporting on the Russia-Ukraine conflict? Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last month, reporte…
  7. March 17, 2022
    23 min
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    Who gets to flee from war-torn countries like Ukraine?
    Residents in war-torn Ukraine are on the run – at least some of them are.Overall, 7 million people are expected to cross its Western border. While this is the largest exodus of its kind from Europe in decades p…
  8. February 23, 2022
    34 min
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    How Black history continues to be written in real time
    In the latest episode of the “Connect the Dots” podcast, KCBS Radio’s Melissa Culross explores how Black History and its leaders in civil rights movements have informed the past, present and future of activism…
  9. February 11, 2022
    28 min
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    The Super Bowl, sports betting and humanizing gambling addictions
    Sports gambling is a popular trend, and during Super Bowl season, the stakes are high. But what could this common form of gambling do to our mental health and our social lives? What happens when it leads down a…
  10. February 04, 2022
    14 min
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    What is cryptocurrency and can it eliminate poverty worldwide?
    Everything is going digital. Our relationships, our jobs, our celebrations, even our assets.You have probably heard of cryptocurrency – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, or maybe NFTs – but do you really know what i…
  11. January 21, 2022
    34 min
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    'The worst I've ever seen it': Hunger strike and crises at Rikers Island
    People detained at New York's Rikers Island are making desperate pleas for help with what they have described as long-standing inhumane conditions, like black mold, violence and unsafe COVID protocols. So they’…
  12. January 14, 2022
    26 min
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    What we've learned from back-to-class chaos
    It's already difficult to return to school after winter break – but this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown even more wrenches in the works.The winter omicron variant surge in the U.S. made the return to cl…
  13. January 06, 2022
    23 min
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    Jan. 6, 2021: Democracy at risk
    A year ago, an angry mob supporting former Pres. Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from allowing current President Joe Biden from taking office. In some ways, it’s hard to…
  14. December 31, 2021
    28 min
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    From billionaires in space to infrastructure failures: What have we learned from 2021?
    On this week's episode of Connect the Dots Weekly – hosted by WCBS 880's Lynda Lopez – our team reflected on the stories we covered in 2021.From exploring potential downsides of the billionaire space race and d…
  15. December 17, 2021
    29 min
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    Using social media to help destigmatize conversations around mental health
    “Self-care” is a hashtag and term commonly used on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok to sell a lifestyle or a trendy product.But what does self-care truly mean, and how does it help a person’s me…
  16. December 10, 2021
    26 min
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    When will the American supply chain recover?
    It seems we’ve all become students of economics during the pandemic.Thanks to increased demand for now scarce, prices are through the roof on everything from new cars and TV’s to meat and Christmas trees.The hi…
  17. December 03, 2021
    31 min
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    Is the U.S. a pro-choice nation?
    Of the many issues that divide Americans today, few have inflamed passions more than abortion.This week, Supreme Court justices heard arguments regarding the 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi that could weake…
  18. November 22, 2021
    35 min
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    Are political labels tearing the country apart?
    Every election day, American voters are tasked with picking a side and tasked with identifying which candidate’s values and ideas most closely align with their own. Almost always, it goes to a Democrat or Repub…
  19. November 12, 2021
    35 min
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    When did Americans start to doubt Biden as commander-in-chief?
    In any other year, November 7th would just be another autumn day. In 2020, however, it was a day that no American would ever forget, as former Vice President Joe Biden was finally projected to win the 2020 Pres…
  20. November 05, 2021
    23 min
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    American workers strike back
    Strikes have been erupting across the United States, from the Kaiser health worker demonstrations in California to the Kellog’s factory strikes in Michigan, laborers are asking to be repaid for the struggles th…

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