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The editors of The Christian Science Monitor take you beyond the headlines with the ideas driving progress in this 15-minute news briefing. The Monitor Daily Podcast is available each Monday through Friday at 6 pm ET. For more information on the Daily or The Christian Science Monitor, visit csmonitor.com. Send your comments, suggestions or thoughts to podcast@csmonitor.com.
 
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“Democracy today is beleaguered but not defeated.” That’s the bottom line of Freedom House’s just-released annual report on the state of democracy around the world. Also: an update on Myanmar, the climate costs of staying home, and how a movie may change Billie Holiday’s image. Join the Monitor's Peter Grier and Kendra Nordin Beato for today's news…
 
Here’s a head-scratcher: Thieves don’t want to steal your car. They just want to saw off your tailpipe and grab the catalytic converter. The phenomenon is common in Britain, and thousands of reports of catalytic converter heists are popping up in the United States as well. Also: today’s stories, including a look behind vaccine doubts in Africa, whe…
 
If you have a criminal record, it often follows you through life. It makes it harder to get hired, rent an apartment, or get into college. But an emerging bipartisan trend toward second chances suggests moral progress, and that America may be gradually embracing a higher sense of justice. Also: today’s stories, including lessons from the bipartisan…
 
In Yemen, 9-year-old Ahmed doesn’t complain. Even though he's blind, he’s too busy teaching the younger kids when the adults on staff can’t show up to his bombed-out school. For Ahmed, humanitarian aid may help, but just as vital is helping those involved see the needless brutality of a senseless war. Also: today’s stories, including trees as a for…
 
Last Friday, several members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra pulled their mobile concert truck into the Joppa neighborhood of south Dallas. And soon, a tiny outdoor concert was underway: a tribute to the tenacity of residents in an underserved neighborhood who had raised their voices in protest and literally moved a mountain. Also: today’s stories…
 
What’s a fair wage? Democrats and Republicans alike are putting forth their own ideas, each highlighting the values that they say decisions about wages need to embrace. It’s a discussion well worth having. Also: today’s stories, including the debate over boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics, President Biden’s pandemic aid package, and the rebuildin…
 
A journalist interviewed hundreds of people across the US about their life during COVID-19. The most common quality she saw among them: resilience. Also, today’s stories: How can the internet build resilience; what can we expect from Biden’s EPA nominee; and why some seniors are rejecting lives of leisure. Join the Monitor's Noah Robertson and Sama…
 
It’s the ultimate in social distancing: Alone in a boat for 70 days on end. On Saturday, Jasmine Harrison became the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic. She hopes to flip the narrative on the pandemic by inspiring people to focus on what is possible, not what isn’t. Also: today’s stories, including the possibility of a third party in Am…
 
Denver had an idea: What if the city didn’t send police into situations for which they don’t have proper training? Sounds logical, right? Also: today’s stories, including putting people before politics in Venezuela, building international alliances on lasting values, and Baltimore’s controversial aerial surveillance program. Join the Monitor's Mark…
 
Acts of compassion continued to flow in Texas even when electricity, natural gas, and safe drinking water did not. Also, today’s stories: Biden’s high-wire act. French students turn to each other for support. Native Americans embrace ‘food sovereignty.’ Join the Monitor's Clay Collins and Molly Jackson for today's news. You can also visit csmonitor…
 
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