Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans chairs in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

School districts race against the clock, coronavirus and Trump’s tweets to plan reopening

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Penn State promises support for international students against “unjust” ICE policy

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Program Highlights

Virtual watch party

Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm

WITF is cracking open our archival programming vault for a special retro Our Town Watch Party!

Toward Racial Justice

Thursday, July 15 at 7pm

WITF’s Toward Racial Justice series continues with a discussion about Race & Education. What’s behind the racial disparity in our education system? And what are some steps we can take as a community and as a society to address the issue?


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The RaRas

Sometimes music is planned out. Sometimes it’s more like a conversation, being worked out in real time.

“One night we were playing together in Ralph’s basement studio,” says drummer Ray Wright. He and pianist Ralph Diekemper create music under the name The RaRas. “We started playing some stuff and Ralph just happened to hit the record button. Half an hour later we were like, ‘Wow, that was incredible. What did we just do?’”

Now in its eighth year, Transforming Health‘s Summer Read is proud to announce its selection for 2020: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.