Podcast Unearths Native American Roots of National Parks; Fierce Western Women: The Exchange

This week on The Exchange, we talk about the West and its history, and what is going on there today. Now that it is high summer, national parks are crowded with tourists. But those parks have been created in places with deep Native American roots. Today we talk with the creators of a new podcast where Native American voices tell stories of times before the creation of the national parks. Also, how going west became an emancipatory move for many American women. Summer is also a time for...

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To be sure, there was a good reason for the Poncas to cut the deal they did with the strange emissary who showed up one day from Washington. He’d come to let them know that “the Great Father” wanted the Poncas to move from their homeland on the Missouri River, to Indian Country, what would become Oklahoma, to a place where, he claimed, they’d be safe from raids by larger and more warlike neighbors. That argument was, for the Ponca, not total garbage. The Poncas were warriors, but they were...

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James Lapine worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion. In Putting it Together, he draws on interviews with Sondheim and members of the cast and crew.

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Musically, Mickey Guyton's new single, "Remember Her Name," hits the familiar marks of a film montage, with all the necessary driving cymba

If you are uninsured or you've been on unemployment benefits this year, new financial help — passed by Congress earlier this year — means you might be eligible for free health insurance.

A special enrollment period put in place by the Biden administration ends on August 15, so consumers will need to act fast to sign up for one of these plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

One-third of all COVID cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas last week, according to Jeffrey Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator.

This comes as the CDC reports a 44% increase in daily new cases in the last week of July. Last week's average of daily new COVID-19 cases is "higher than our peak of last summer," according to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin revealed on Twitter on Monday that she will undergo surgery for stage one lung cancer.

Griffin said she has never smoked, and that doctors are optimistic because the cancer appears to be contained to her left lung — half of which she is getting removed.

"I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less," she added. "It's been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I'm gonna be just fine."

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Tyson Foods is requiring all employees in the United States to e vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to a news release, all employees who work in an office setting must be fully vaccinated by October 1 and the rest of the workforce by November 1.

Tyson says the move is to help keep infection rates low. They say about half of their employees have already received their shots. Exceptions to the vaccination mandate will be made for people who need special medical or religious accommodations.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday in a finding that quickly renewed calls for the Democrat's resignation or impeachment.

If you think parenting is stressful, imagine parenting while also competing as a Paralympic athlete.

Lora Webster, who competes in sitting volleyball, is a mother of three, with number four on the way.

"This baby is a surprise and also the timing of it. I never planned to go to Tokyo pregnant," she says.

Greece will not compete in Olympic synchronized swimming in Tokyo after four of the team's athletes tested positive for the coronavirus. The entire team is now being sent away from the Olympic Village and transferred to a separate hotel, the Hellenic Olympic Committee said.

The bad news came as the athletes' sport, officially called artistic swimming, was just entering its first days of competition.

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