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May 15-21 Explained: Primary Results, Roadblocks Getting Meals To Schoolchildren & Vaccinating Non-English Speakers

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An-Li Hering
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Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey shortly before he heard he'd won the Democratic primary for Pittsburgh mayor on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey is on track to become Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor, after beating incumbent Bill Peduto in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Government and accountability editor Chris Potter followed the race, and says Gainey's win follows a recent trend of more progressive candidates getting elected locally.

When the pandemic forced schools to switch to remote learning, Congress passed federal aid to cover the cost of the food students on free and reduced cost meals program would have eaten in the school cafeteria. Reporters Sarah Schneider and Kate Giammarise report there have been a lot of roadblocks in getting that money.

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue, public health officials have recognized the need to target specific communities to overcome things like vaccine hesitancy and barriers to health care access. This week, science and health reporter Sarah Boden looked into the unique difficulty of reaching people who don’t speak English.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Listen on the NPR One app or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Liz Reid began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor.
Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm
Lucy Perkins is an editor and also reports on federal government and elections for the Government and Accountability team. Before joining the WESA newsroom, she was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. You can reach her at lperkins@wesa.fm.