WTOP’s Interviews and Links

Audio and context around some of the interviews and stories on WTOP News. This blog is curated by WTOP’s Dimitri Sotis.

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Calls for NY’s Governor Cuomo to step down / Will Youngkin and McAuliffe ever debate in Virginia?

(By Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

We discuss the Andrew Cuomo controversy…and the Virginia governor’s race…with J. Miles Coleman on WTOP (Listen below and read about the Virginia debate haggling)



August 4, 2021 | J. Miles Coleman of the UVA Center for Politics on why the VA. candidates for governor haven’t debated ( )



 

The best advice is to get vaccinated for COVD

(By Kena Betancur /AFP via Getty Images)

We talk about the spreading COVID Delta variant – and a 70 percent vaccination rate (at least the first shot) for Americans – with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of UCSF on WTOP (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | UCSF’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo on the Delta variant and COVID’s 4th wave ( )



 

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham becomes the first vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID

(By Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Axios Politics Reporter Sarah Mucha talks to WTOP about Graham’s new diagnosis and Kevin McCarthy’s latest comments regarding Nancy Pelosi (Listen below)



August 4, 2021 | Sarah Mucha with Axios on congressional developments/controversies to start off the week ( )



 

What surging COVID cases mean for the economy during the summer and autumn

(By Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Working Nation President Jane Oates expects an economic slowdown as many of us mask up again (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | Working Nation’s Jane Oates on how coronavirus could slow the economy during the rest of 2021 ( )



 

‘They’re not going to f**king succeed’: Top generals feared a Donald Trump coup

(Courtesy Penguin Random House)

The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker joins WTOP to discuss the book he co-wrote with WaPo colleague Carol Leonnig  “I Alone Can Fix It” (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ co-author Phil Rucker on WTOP ( )



 

As the Tokyo Olympics rolls on how is the COVID situation in Tokyo?

(By Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images)

New York Times Tokyo Bureau Chief Motoko Rich updates WTOP on coronavirus in the Japanese capital during the Games (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | New York Times Tokyo Bureau Chief Motoko Rich on COVID as we approach the Olympics’ halfway point ( )



 

The Delta variant forces us to mask up again

(By Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

UCSF’s Dr. Monica Gandhi says masking and a new vaccine-push are needed – in some parts of the country – to put down COVID (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | UCSF’s Dr. Monica Gandhi on the latest steps needed to control COVID ( )



 

 

 

Officers feared for their lives on January 6th

(By Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NBC-4’s Scott MacFarlane gives WTOP his impressions of the first public hearing from the congressional panel investigating the Capitol riot (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | NBC-4 Reporter Scott MacFarlane on what the first public congressional hearing on the Capitol riot could yield ( )



 

COVID causes chaos across the world’s borders

(Getty Images)

Migration Policy Institute’s Meghan Benton tells WTOP there’s an opportunity to create harmony out of chaos if countries work together to reopen after COVID (Listen below and read about the current EU travel mess)



August 4, 2021 | Migration Policy Institute’s Meghan Benton on another ‘9-11 moment’ for the world’s borders ( )



 

 

Veterans Affairs requires COVID shots for most healthcare workers

(Bby Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Nearly 60 medical groups say those who interact with patients must get vaccinated for COVID – The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond reports the voluntary approach seems to have run dry  (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond on health groups insisting their workers get their COVID shots ( )



 

 

 

 

 

Republican leaders start promoting COVID vaccines in greater numbers

(By Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein tells WTOP vaccine resistance is hardening even as many GOP leaders say it’s now time to get your shots (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | ABC News Political Director Rick Klein on new GOP support for people getting their COVID shots ( )



 

 

A new book takes you deep into Trumpworld

(Courtesy Twelve Books)

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender talks to WTOP about his new book  (Listen below and read The Guardian’s take)



November 29, 2021 | (Dimitri Sotis)



 

 

COVID’s Delta variant spreads like wildfire

(By Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

UCSF’s Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo tells WTOP Delta means some of us may have to mask up again and everyone must redouble their efforts to get as many people vaccinated as possible (Listen below and read)



August 4, 2021 | UCSF’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo on the dangerous Delta variant and the urgency in getting vaccinated ( )



 

 

 

Derek Chauvin’s sentencing is just the beginning

(By Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Michigan State University’s Jennifer Cobbina tells WTOP about the racial justice starting point of Chauvin’s sentencing (Listen below and read about money devoted to racial equity efforts…trouble is we don’t know how much)



August 4, 2021 | Michigan State’s Dr. Jennifer Cobbina on what Derek Chauvin’s sentencing means going forward ( )



 

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