What We’re Watching – August 21

What We’re Watching – August 21

Tim Anaya – A Convention Roll Call Unlike Any You’ve Seen

There’s been a lot of chatter among pundits and on social media about this week’s “virtual” Democratic convention (and the “former speechwriters” will add to the chatter next week on a special convention edition of Next Round with PRI).  But one thing that I thought was a home run in the new virtual format was the roll call of states.  I always love the roll call of states (“Guam, where America’s day begins . . .”) but the virtual roll call was just spectacular.  Viewers could really see for themselves the beauty and diversity of our country with a brief look in at each state.  Both parties should make this a tradition for conventions from now on.

Evan Harris – Appeals court gives reprieve to Uber, Lyft in California

In a game of legal chicken, ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft won a late hold on a preliminary injunction that would have forced both companies to reclassify their independent contractors as employees by midnight. The injunction was connected to a lawsuit from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed earlier this year. The California First District Court of Appeals hold on the injunction keeps Uber and Lyft operating in California until the November election, when voters will decide on Proposition 22.

NBC Los Angeles reports on the city’s public hand-washing stations for the homeless, many of which are unusable.

Ben Smithwick – Are Hand-Washing Stations for Homeless Working? 

NBC Los Angeles reports on the city’s public hand-washing stations for the homeless, many of which are unusable.

Rowena Itchon – The Convention Balloon Drop

In case anyone is feeling nostalgic – the Balloon Drop.

Kerry Jackson – Thank You, Fossil Fuels

This video is filled with great lines, but none better than: “Having electricity doesn’t guarantee wealth, but not having it almost always means poverty.”

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