Queen’s death stirs colonialism debate, Emmys moments: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Queen Elizabeth’s death stirs debate about colonialism

National correspondent Rick Jervis reports. Plus, reporter Jeanine Santucci explains a USA TODAY analysis that found many U.S. prisons don’t have adequate air conditioning, Ukraine’s military makes progress with its counter-offensive, Congressional reporter Dylan Wells says some Democratic women are hoping the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision may help them in midterm elections and ‘Entertain This’ host Ralphie Aversa gives an Emmys recap.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Tuesday, the 13th of September, 2022. Today, how the Queen’s death has stirred a debate on British colonialism and its legacy, plus how many US prisons don’t have adequate air conditioning, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines.

  1. The Justice Department has issued dozens of subpoenas to former President Donald Trump’s aides for information about the 2020 election and the January 6th Capitol attack. The subpoenas suggest the investigation is picking up pace. It’s separate from the seizure of Trump administration documents from Mar-a-Lago.
  2. 49 Armenian soldiers have been killed in nighttime attacks by Azerbaijan, according to our Armenia’s prime minister. Azerbaijan says it is retaliating against Armenian attacks. The two countries have been in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. Azerbaijan reclaimed large parts of the region in 2020 during a war that killed more than 6,000 people.
  3. William Ruto will be inaugurated as Kenya’s new president today. A number of people were crushed and injured as crowds moved into the stadium where the ceremony will take place. Ruto narrowly won the election last month.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death last week has stirred an already brewing debate surrounding colonialism, slavery, and British racism, and it’s not likely to go away with the passing of the crown to a new monarch. National correspondent, Rick Jervis, reports.

Rick Jervis:

This was a really interesting week because there was a lot of outpouring of condolences and appreciation for the royal family this week with Queen Elizabeth’s passing. But we also noticed quite a bit of criticizing of the royal family also and just people pointing out, both on social media and in op-eds, pointing out the royal family’s long history attached to things like colonialism and its past ties to slavery. I spoke to a number of folks who wanted to point out some of these sort of connections with the royal family’s ties to colonialism both in the Caribbean and in Africa. They wanted to talk about reparations, about possibly getting paid at some point for past slavery.

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