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PBC News & Comment: On 50th Earth Day, 2 Very Different Podcasts

Interview with Earth Day co-founder and PBC’s hero Pete McCloskey explains history, and Carleen Cullen offers education, engagement for kids…

--the McCloskey podcast is here

--and before we dive into today’s news, here’s a great new musical satire from Roy Zimmerman: The Liar Tweets Tonight, watch it here

--Trump’s latest division and distraction device: a return to immigrant bashing

--esteemed law professor Erwin Chemerinsky co-writes op-ed challenging legality of new decree

--in sneaky, underhanded move, NY Gov. Cuomo’s budget included clause that allows election officials to remove Bernie Sanders from primary ballot

--at The Atlantic, George Packer’s essay, “We Are Living in a Failed State” is worth reading

--our daily Covid-19 update, prepared by Linda Lewis

--in Monday 4.20 podcast, PBC mistakenly mixed up 2 different items

--as prisons join nursing homes as outbreak zones, officials deploy surveillance of prisoner phone calls, new study raises serious concerns about prison death toll

--NIH report says drug treatments don’t seem to work on Covid 19

--epidemiologists share my bias: lower than projected death toll means shutdowns are helping

--passage of new relief package in House tomorrow is uncertain

--Trump’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is protecting the payday loan industry in these hard times

--Bill McKibben’s Earth Day column works for collapse of oil industry

--NY Times report lists the nations that are already hurting from oil market collapse

--Pepe Escobar asks what US intel knew about the “Chinese virus”

--Caitlin Johnstone slams China hysteria at ConsortiumNews,   where Joe Lauria slams NY Times for “Chinagate” coverage

--NYU Prof. Mark Crispin Miller claims scene from Sacramento anti-quarantine rally shows it’s not just right wingers; I disagree, and Steve Horn shows that mini-mob organizers are tied to well-funded climate denier groups

--Prof. Miller also hammers ConsortiumNews for posting statement from UN chief

--and “Oh, Dear” email from listener Dick Atlee chides your humble host