Ryan Kailath

Ryan Kailath is WWNO's Coastal Reporter. He has reported for NPR and APM, as well as public radio stations in California, Texas and New York. He has also produced stories for podcasts like PRI's Afropop Worldwide, WNYC's Note to Self and Radiotopia's The Heart. Find him on Twitter @.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Movie theaters in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia have been open for months. But attendance remains low, not just because of public safety concerns—but because there isn't much to see. Major studios are delaying their blockbusters, or releasing them straight to streaming.

One big reason? The two biggest movie markets in the country, New York City and Los Angeles, remain closed.

The GameStop trading saga landed on Capitol Hill today with a House hearing that touched on short selling and restrictions on trading during the middle of the frenzy.

The "meme stock" saga that began with wild swings in the price of GameStop stock last month opened a new chapter today: a House Financial Services Committee hearing with questioning of major players who touched several facets of the story.

Wall Street "short sellers" are often cast as villains. They make money when most others are losing it — that is, when stock prices fall.

In recent weeks they were painted as the enemy again, when hedge funds made bets that prices would fall for several so-called "meme stocks" like GameStop and AMC. These bets drew the attention and ire of small investors, setting off a tug of war between the two sides.

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The last unfinished Senate race of the election is nearly over.

State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, is the clear favorite to become the next Senator from Louisiana, despite an eleventh-hour fundraising surge from his Democratic opponent, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

On Friday, New Orleans received new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Overnight, more than half the population moved out of the so-called high-risk zone.

But with half the city at or below sea level and memories of massive flooding after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, some residents are worried these new maps send the wrong message.