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January 8, 2021

Making the Cut

There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.

A teacher stands before a class of child ballerinas during an audition.

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Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Prologue

Dr. Alisa Neymark, a dentist in New York City, asks why it’s taking so long for dentists to get the coronavirus vaccine. Rose Duhan, from the New York State Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force acknowledges, it’s not going great. (7 minutes)

Reluctant Bureaucrats

Reporter Katie Mingle  wonders why the 211 hotline in the San Francisco Bay Area for people experiencing homelessness so often turns out to be a dead end for them. She learns that part of the issue is that callers have to give a very specific answer to one question. (16 minutes)

This story is a version of the second episode of According to Need, a 99% Invisible podcast.

Song:

“I Hope I Get It” by A Chorus Line (1975 Original Broadway Cast)