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  • Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther is set to issue an executive order to require face masks to be worn in publicly accessible indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.
  • Hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients is dwindling in some parts of Ohio as the respiratory illness continues raging.
  • Ohio State University is requiring all students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first public university in the state to do so after the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer's shot.
  • In this bonus episode, poet and writer William Evans joins Hanif to discuss quitting your day job, being a parent, nerd fandom, DC vs. Marvel movies, and why black voices are needed in cultural criticism. Their conversation was recorded in 2019.
  • Music producer Angel Lopez talks with Hanif about hiking, raising a puppy, the LA Dodgers, playing MLB The Show on Playstation, finding new sounds, making music via Zoom, and getting back into the studio.
  • Drummer and composer Mark Lomax, II, talks with Hanif about telling stories with music, balancing family life with performing, how the live music scene has changed, performing for children and listening for "options" in new songs.
  • Citing a sharp spike in cases linked to the delta coronavirus variant, the Ohio Department of Health is issuing new guidance on Monday that recommends unvaccinated staff and students wear masks when classes resume for the fall term.
  • Columbus City Schools announced Thursday it will require face masks in school and on buses at the start of next school year.
  • Author Nick White talks with Hanif about growing up in a small town, The Golden Girls, reading novels slowly, soap opera cliffhangers, and Tina Turner's 1988 concert in Rio.
  • Artist Cameron Granger talks with Hanif about learning to cook, group chats with friends, Toni Morrison quotes, getting therapy, and expressing yourself with memes.