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NewsDepth 2020-2021 | Episode 7

In this week's episode, we head back west for an update on the wildfires. Firefighters have a few new tools to work with - a robot that can roll into burning buildings and a teen pilot!

Then we take a spin around the globe to see how other nations are handling the pandemic: in Israel, they are using the lockdown as a time to clean up their environment; in Mexico, mariachi bands are looking for smaller gigs to play; and in France, fashion week has been scaled back.

Finally, we sit in on the hearings to confirm the next U.S. Supreme Court justice and learn what the electoral college's role is during the presidential election.

evacuate (verb) to leave an area that has become dangerous for somewhere safer

Mariachi  (noun) a type of Mexican folk music performed by musicians in traditional costumes

confirmation (noun) the act of approving someone for a position

electoral college (noun) a group of people representing the states of the U.S. who cast the votes that officially elect the president


In this week's episode, we learn about a robot that is able to extinguish flames when they are too dangerous for firefighters. Write to us:

What task could a robot perform to keep people safe?

You can use the inbox form to submit your answers. Rick will share some of your best letters next week.

We also learn about celebrations in Mexico being quieted by the pandemic. Vote in our poll:

Have your family celebrations changed due to COVID? Yes. No.  Click here to vote!