Social spending bill is watered down further; COVID science questions; Is there really an unprecedented increase in racial justice funding?; Plus advocates take aim at aging oil infrastructure in response to pipeline leak

Oil platforms Ellen and Elly (right) are located in federal waters, about 8 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach | image by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 2008

On today’s show:

0:08 – Mitch Jeserich (@MitchJeserich) joins us to discuss the Biden Administration’s “Build Back Better” social spending bill and its implications on healthcare.

0:34 – Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health joins us to cover the latest developments in COVID science and answer listener questions.

1:08 – Malkia Devich Cyril (@culturejedi), activist, writer and founder of Media Justice joins us to discuss the report they recently authored titled Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice.

1:34 – Miyoko Sakashita (@EndangeredOcean), Director of the Oceans Program and Senior Counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity joins us to discuss the Amplify Energy pipeline leak in Huntington Beach, California, the state’s aging oil infrastructure, and what it takes to decommission it.