On Second Thought For Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The world has six fewer North Atlantic Right Whales after a summer of loss for the endangered species. Four of the animals have died in the last week alone, and three of them were of breeding age.
The whales are Georgia's state marine mammal, and biologists are alarmed these deaths bring the species even closer to extinction. Clay George is a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He's among those monitoring the numbers, and he spoke with On Second Thought about the dwindling population, the role of the Georgia coast in the whales' life cycle and the origins of their name.
One hundred years ago, the little-known racist riots known as the Red Summer took place. A crush of white and black servicemen returned from war abroad demanding first-class citizenship. Hundreds of casualties ensued across the country because of anti-black, white supremacist, terrorist attacks.
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team is heading to the World Cup final once again, and plenty of fans feel like they're going too. Emory University philosophy professor Erin Tarver is the author of The 'I' in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity. She told On Second Thought how winning, losing and belonging shape sports fans' identities.
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