SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

This week Matter of Fact travels to a West Virginian community recruiting high school students for an innovative teacher education program, in hopes of tackling the nationwide teacher shortage. Plus, the future of space travel, how a drought in the West is affecting livelihoods and why a rock-n-roll band made it to the Supreme Court.

West Virginia is Recruiting High School Students Amidst Teacher Shortage

NASA’s Artemis Program Aims to Develop New Chapter in Moon Exploration

NASA’s Artemis Program Aims to Develop New Chapter in Moon Exploration

The new Artemis program is set to create a permanent presence on the Moon. James Green, PhD, is NASA’s senior advisor and the agency’s former chief scientist. He joins Soledad O’Brien to discuss the future of space exploration, private and international partnerships and the hopes being pinned on the Artemis mission.

West Virginia is Recruiting High School Students Amidst Teacher Shortage

A nationwide teacher shortage is leading to states taking desperate measures, especially in rural areas of the country. Jessica Gomez visits with a West Virginian community in McDowell County that is attempting to fill that gap by recruiting and fast-tracking high school students through college in hopes that numbers — and retention — will increase.

HOW ASIAN AMERICAN ROCK STARS RECLAIMED A SLUR THROUGH A SUPREME COURT RULING

Harriet Tubman’s Legacy Lives on 200 Years Later

On the 200th anniversary of abolitionist and legendary Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman‘s birthday, special contributor Joie Chen visits Anthony Cohen, a historian of African American historian who is literally following in Tubman‘s footsteps all the way to Canada.

Golden Globe Winner Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is “Living in Joy”

The award-winning Pose actress Michaela Jaé Rodriguez sits down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss accolades, trans rights, choosing “hope and joy” and her newest show, Loot on Apple+.

Millions of American Families Behind on Bills

About one in six households are behind on their utility bills, and even more Americans are facing food insecurity. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Arohi Pathak, director of policy for the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress, about how better paying jobs and affordable childcare and housing can make big differences.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

Bills, bills, bills. This week Matter of Fact looks at the large number of Americans falling behind on utility bills and struggling to keep food on their tables. Plus, how one man is quite literally following in the footsteps of abolitionist Harriet Tubman and what’s next for Golden Globe winner Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.