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Pandemic 'Pods' & Socializing | Racial Equity Habit Building

Two distant runners makes their way across a grass field during an organized charity run.
Anne Kniggendorf
KCUR 89.3
People looking to recreate away from home during the pandemic should opt for individual or noncontact sports like running or tennis, doctors say.

How to minimize risk and best express concerns about potential pandemic get-togethers, and a 21-day plan for those who want to build effective social justice practices.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:48: Develop a set of rules before hosting that backyard barbecue with neighbors.

When your pandemic "pod" — that group of people who only socialize with each other — wants to have a get-together, remember there is no risk-free activity these days. You can reduce the danger of exposure to the coronavirus by getting everyone on the same page when it comes to pandemic safety measures.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:24: Increasing awareness of the issues of race, power and privilege takes time and determination.

If the ongoing protests around the country have you wondering what you can do to help, committing yourself to learning more about the forces at work is a beginning. One longtime racial justice educator has a plan to get you started.

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