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  • This English professor teaches a class on Taylor Swift songs; Brittney Griner is free
    WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from Russia Thursday morning. The Washington Post's Missy Ryan talks about the prisoner swap that led to her release. Then, a week after New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a controversial move to stem homelessness, a longtime paramedic who has seen mental health distress on the streets daily is speaking out. Anthony Almojera joins us. And, University of Texas English professor Elizabeth Scala teaches a course that connects Taylor Swift's songwriting to the works of William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath and other literary greats. She explains the idea behind the class.
  • Update on North Carolina power grid; Gerrymandered map at the center of SCOTUS case
    Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff has been called in favor of incumbent Democrat Rep. Raphael Warnock. Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker. Rahul Bali of WABE joins us. Then, after gunfire damaged two electrical substations in Moore County last week, some North Carolina residents are still without power. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper joins us to give an update on the power grid and what's to come. And, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday that could have major implications in elections. At the center of the case is a gerrymandered map that was drawn in 2020 by the Republican-controlled state legislature. Steve Harrison, politics and government reporter for WFAE, joins us.
  • Decades of abuse in La Luz del Mundo megachurch uncovered; Floating wind farms
    In California on Tuesday, dozens of energy companies are bidding for the right to build and operate floating wind farms off the coast of Morro Bay. This ambitious project is part of California's effort to create more renewable sources of energy. David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission, joins us. Then, women's tackle football has been taking off in Europe. Michelle de Boer, center for the Dutch Lightning, joins us. And, Jennifer Tiexiera is the director of the new HBO documentary series "Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo," which recounts survivors' stories of sexual abuse in the megachurch La Luz del Mundo. The series premieres Tuesday night on HBO and HBO Max.
  • Conflicting reports of Iran's morality police; Early childhood teachers of the year
    Gunfire on Saturday damaged electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina, leaving tens of thousands without power. For some, Duke Energy has said the outage could last well into this week. WFAE reporter Nick de la Canal joins us. Then, protests in Iran continue amid mixed reports about whether the country's morality police have been abolished. Borzou Daragahi, international correspondent for the Independent, joins us. And, early childhood teachers rarely get the recognition they deserve. But that's starting to change as Maryland and New Mexico honor two educators with teacher of the year awards. Berol Dewdney, a PreK teacher in Baltimore, and Tara Hughes, a special education teacher in Santa Fe, join us.
  • Deshaun Watson returns to NFL field Sunday; Looking for a great read? We got you
    ABC News political director Rick Klein and NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong discuss the latest moves in the lame-duck Congress to avert a rail strike. And, this weekend, one of the NFL's most controversial players will step back onto the field. The Ringer's Lindsay Jones reminds us of the sexual assault allegations against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and what to expect. Then, Andrew Limbong, host of NPR's "Book of the Day" podcast, talks about NPR's Books We Love site, which has more than 400 suggestions for great reads from the staff at NPR.

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