Archive for April 1st, 2020

Ellis Marsalis, Patriarch Of New Orleans' Most Famous Musical Family, Has Died | | April 01 2020, 11:40 PM

Jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis has died at the age of 85, according to tweets from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Campbell and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

President Trump Offers Drowning Restaurant Industry One Solution: Tax Deductions | | April 01 2020, 9:00 PM

The restaurant industry has been scrambling for solutions to save itself during the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump has floated the idea of changing a provision in the 2017 tax law.

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Face Masks, Pregnancy And The 2020 Census | | April 01 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the economy, face masks, pregnancy during the pandemic and the U.S. Census.

FACT CHECK: Defense Chief Exaggerates Criticism Of Military In Fighting Coronavirus

Politics | | April 01 2020, 8:00 PM

In describing the steps the military is taking to confront the pandemic, Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed some are calling for the entire U.S. military to cease operations. But that's not true.

FACT CHECK: Trump On Not Expanding Insurance, Democrats And Health Care | | April 01 2020, 8:00 PM

In his daily coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump answered a question about the decision not to reopen the healthcare exchanges for those who are uninsured.

Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger Dies At 52 After Contracting COVID-19 | | April 01 2020, 6:40 PM

Schlesinger, one of the most prolific and decorated songwriters of his generation, died Wednesday.

Top Navy Brass Defend Response To Virus-Stricken Carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt | | April 01 2020, 6:20 PM

Responding to a scathing critique from the commander of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, Navy officials were on the defensive at a Pentagon news conference.

T-Mobile Completes Takeover of Rival Company Sprint | | April 01 2020, 5:00 PM

Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint, creating a more formidable third rival to AT&T and Verizon. CEO John Legere stepped down as part of the merge.

FDA Says Zantac Should Be Pulled From Market, Citing Cancer Risk | | April 01 2020, 4:40 PM

Major pharmacies had already pulled the popular heartburn drug and its generic equivalents due to a contaminant. Now the Food and Drug Administration says definitively they should not be sold or used.

Italy, Seen By White House As A U.S. Analogue, Extends Nationwide Lockdown | | April 01 2020, 4:00 PM

The White House coronavirus task force calls Italy an example of how the coronavirus could play out in the U.S. The European country's death toll is rising, despite a recent slowdown in cases.

Fighting COVID-19 Is Like 'Whack-A-Mole,' Says Writer Who Warned Of A Pandemic

Health | | April 01 2020, 3:20 PM

Atlantic writer Ed Yong warned of a global pandemic two years ago. He says scientists are still working to understand how COVID-19 travels through air — and whether more of us should be wearing masks.

Israel Faces Challenges In Fighting Coronavirus In Ultra-Orthodox Communities

US & World | | April 01 2020, 3:20 PM

Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12% of Israel's population — but account for many of Israel's COVID-19 cases. This week a senior rabbi finally urged his followers to obey government lockdown orders.

Opinion: The Way The U.S. Beat TB Could Be A Boon In Battling Coronavirus | | April 01 2020, 3:00 PM

Tuberculosis is a dangerous infectious disease. The strategies used by wealthy countries to wipe it out within their borders in the 1950s holds lessons for the world.

Moscow To Launch New Surveillance App To Track Residents In Coronavirus Lockdown

US & World | | April 01 2020, 3:00 PM

Muscovites will have their movements followed through a program required on their smartphones. They will also have to carry a new QR code with their personal data.

Alabama's Largest City Tightens Restrictions To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus

US & World | | April 01 2020, 3:00 PM

Birmingham, Ala., is under a shelter-in-place order, as officials take a more aggressive approach than state leaders have, in order to curtail spread of the coronavirus.

Have You Been Denied Re-Entry To Your Nursing Home After Hospitalization?

US & World | | April 01 2020, 2:40 PM

Have you been refused reentry to a nursing home or care facility after hospitalization for respiratory issues? Share your stories with us.

Second Federal Inmate Dies From COVID-19

US & World | | April 01 2020, 2:40 PM

On March 31, the Federal Bureau of Prisons began a systemwide 14-day quarantine for inmates to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Florida Governor Orders Statewide Lockdown | | April 01 2020, 2:00 PM

After days of pressure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide lockdown. Florida had been the lone holdout among states most effected by the coronavirus in not having a stay-at-home order.

5 Key Facts The White House Isn't Saying About Their COVID-19 Projections | | April 01 2020, 1:40 PM

The Trump administration's strategy for ending the current wave of coronavirus infections relies on a model that appears to count on several important assumptions. We look at why that matters.

Citing Concerns About Access For 'Seniors,' West Virginia's Governor Delays Primary

US & World | | April 01 2020, 1:40 PM

More than a dozen states have delayed primaries because of the coronavirus.

Sanders Calls On Wisconsin To Delay Election As Governor Calls Up National Guard | | April 01 2020, 1:00 PM

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and a dire shortage of poll workers, Wisconsin is still going forward with a statewide election on April 7.

Colleges Go Test-Optional After SAT, ACT Are Called Off

Education | | April 01 2020, 12:20 PM

More than a dozen colleges have dropped testing requirements for admission, with one school citing "unprecedented obstacles and disruptions" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FEMA Hadn't Ordered Ventilators. Manufacturers Forged Ahead Anyway | | April 01 2020, 11:20 AM

Medical technology companies — sometimes working with carmakers — have been massively increasing production of ventilators. For two weeks, they've been working without government contracts in hand.

Nearly Half A Million Companies In Germany File For State Funds To Pay Workers | | April 01 2020, 11:00 AM

As Europe's largest economy gets hit with COVID-19, a German government financial aid program will make up some of the lost income for millions of employees.

Factories Feel The Coronavirus Slump | | April 01 2020, 11:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the nation's factories. Manufacturing activity slumped in March as the virus cut into both supply and demand.

U.S. Military In South Korea Faces Double Blow Of Korean Staff Furloughs And COVID-19

US & World | | April 01 2020, 11:00 AM

Due to an impasse over defense cost sharing, the U.S. military has furloughed thousands of Korean employees. The furloughs come as U.S. forces in South Korea grapple with cases of COVID-19 infection.

Coast Guard Tells Cruise Ships With COVID-19 Cases To Stay Away From U.S. Ports

US & World | | April 01 2020, 10:40 AM

By registering ships in the Bahamas and other countries, many companies can avoid U.S. laws. The Coast Guard says they should seek medical aid from those countries rather than rely on the U.S.

Hospital Workers: Tell Us Your Coronavirus Experience | | April 01 2020, 10:40 AM

NPR is seeking health care providers working in hospitals to document their personal experiences working during the coronavirus pandemic.

28 College Students Who Chartered A Spring Break Plane To Mexico Now Have Coronavirus

US & World | | April 01 2020, 9:40 AM

All of the people who have tested positive are students at the University of Texas at Austin. Some of the group returned on separate commercial flights — widening the potential spread of infection.

Some Snowbirds Headed North Told To Stay In Their Southern Nests

US & World | | April 01 2020, 4:00 AM

People who migrate South for winter are being told not to return to their year-round homes in the North. Some places that typically welcome their return are asking people to stay away.

Underlying Health Disparities Could Mean Coronavirus Hits Some Communities Harder

Health | | April 01 2020, 4:00 AM

In the U.S., health and wealth are often linked. As the coronavirus spreads, experts worry low-income communities will be especially vulnerable — and ill-equipped to respond.

150,000 Diapers Donated For Low-Income Families | | April 01 2020, 2:30 PM

Toilet paper and disinfectant wipes aren’t the only things hard to come by these days. Just ask any parent who’s struggling to find diapers and formula.

The 2020 Census Questionnaire — What’s On It? | | April 01 2020, 8:58 AM

At this point, you should have received your census form in the mail. But, based on early reporting, most of us haven’t gotten around to actually filling it out (what could possibly be distracting us?).

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COVID 19: Is Social Distancing Working? What’s The Advice On Face Masks? And More

| April 01 2020, 8:46 AM

The U.S. is now reporting more than 189,600 of the over 877,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide as of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A Check In With The Restaurant And Service Industry: Will The Stimulus Package Help?

| April 01 2020, 8:39 AM

The global coronavirus pandemic has upended the restaurant, bar and service industry, leaving a number of businesses questioning how long they can keep their doors open.

Pew Survey Finds That Latinos See COVID-19 As Greater Threat Than Other Americans

| April 01 2020, 8:31 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly anxiety inducing for all Americans, but a new survey from the Pew Research Center finds that Latino Americans are more likely to perceive coronavirus as a danger to their personal health and finances.

How Commercial Landlords And Tenants Are Feeling The Effects Of COVID-19

| April 01 2020, 8:20 AM

Last week on AirTalk, we talked with residential landlords and tenants about how they’re navigating challenges like collecting and paying the rent during COVID-19.

Looking For Ways To Help During The Pandemic? Here Are A Few Things You Can Do

| April 01 2020, 8:13 AM

Many people are isolated during the global coronavirus pandemic and wondering how they can help those on the frontlines, like healthcare workers and researchers.

It’s Census Day! How Is COVID-19 Changing The Decennial Count

| April 01 2020, 8:07 AM

In addition to being April Fool’s Day and AirTalk’s anniversary, April 1st also gets to be Census Day once every ten years. Census Day isn’t so much an event -- the U.S. Census Bureau has been mailing out forms to households since early March -- but the day around which the Census’ main question is based: Where do we live, and who lives there with us?

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