MindShift220

Just as news that the Los Angeles and San Diego school districts won’t begin the new school year with in-classroom lessons, public broadcaster KQED San Francisco announced the focus of its MindShift podcast will explore how classrooms are adapting to COVID-19. One of the most popular podcasts for parents and teachers, the series will begin its fifth season with a series of timely episodes that will give listeners an inside look at how schools are developing solutions to meet the needs of students in person and online.

KQED says hosts Ki Sung and Katrina Schwartz will look at how educators and students are working to strengthen these bonds to create a strong foundation for learning in person and online. Episodes also explore how educators navigated the first semester of the coronavirus pandemic, what they learned, what they are holding onto and what doesn’t work. The episodes also feature the voices of young people who share how this difficult time has affected their lives.

The new season starts today (July 14) with new episodes available every other Tuesday through September 8.

It has been reported that cannabis dispensaries have seen strong business since the COVID-19 pandemic began, helped in part by being classified as essential services in some states. In another timely podcast release, Colorado Public Radio’s podcast On Something will spend its second season telling stories from the intersection of cannabis and the American healthcare system.

“The biggest changes in drug policy in America are happening in the states,” said host Ann Marie Awad. “On Something, through the power of personal stories and in-depth journalism, helps listeners understand what life after legalization means.” The show earlier responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a series of bonus episodes that featured personal stories about how people are using marijuana to cope with these anxious times.

Music legend and pop prophet Willie Nelson will lead off the On Something season to discuss his impact on country music and the impact cannabis has had on him — including his first interactions with it, his personal and political relationship with it, questions around cannabis and the criminal justice system and his influence on the legalization movement.

“We need to end the federal ban on cannabis, stop putting people in prison for it, and we need to open up the federal banking system and accept taxes nationally,” Nelson told Awad. “I don’t see anything wrong with that.”