Archive for April 6th, 2020

Airline Flights Into And Out Of New York City Cut Drastically Because Of Coronavirus | | April 06 2020, 10:00 PM

A spokesperson said American Airline's busiest flight out of LaGuardia Sunday only had 27 passengers and nine flights from JFK and LaGuardia had one passenger on each.

A Tiger Has Coronavirus. Should You Worry About Your Pets? | | April 06 2020, 9:40 PM

Four tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo all had one of the symptoms of a respiratory infection: a dry cough. What does this finding mean for cats and dogs?

Australia's High Court Overturns Cardinal Pell's Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

Crime & Justice | | April 06 2020, 8:20 PM

The former Vatican treasurer was ordered released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

Could Society Move Toward Normalcy Before A Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready?

Health | | April 06 2020, 8:00 PM

The best protection against the coronavirus would be a vaccine. But that's probably at least a year away, even if crash development programs succeed. What can be done in the meantime?

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Masks, Ventilators And Making Choices | | April 06 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we look at efforts in the U.S. to stop the coronavirus and answer questions about masks, ventilators and some of the difficult choices we're all facing.

Boeing And Airbus Halt Production; Future Of Airplane Manufacturing Uncertain | | April 06 2020, 6:40 PM

Airbus and Boeing halt production of its jets because of the coronavirus. Orders for new planes have fallen as air travel has plummeted due to the pandemic.

Starting Tomorrow, Starbucks Will Require Employees To Wear Face Coverings At Work | | April 06 2020, 6:40 PM

For employees who don't have their own face covering, the company created a tutorial on how to create one using store supplies.

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Says State Has A 'Targeted Response' To Coronavirus

US & World | | April 06 2020, 6:00 PM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is one of the few governors who hasn't issued a statewide stay-at-home order. He tells All Things Considered about the measures he says do more to slow the virus's spread.

Acting Navy Secretary Lashes Out On Virus-Plagued Ship At Commander He Fired | | April 06 2020, 5:20 PM

During an unannounced visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly tried justifying to its catcalling crew members his sacking of their skipper.

Social Distancing Is A Distant Dream In Pakistan's Urban Slums | | April 06 2020, 5:00 PM

In a poor neighborhood in Islamabad, houses are right up against each other, families may live 10 or more in a single room and streets are narrow and crowded.

Opossums, Hydras And Hummingbirds: What We're Learning About Aging From Animals

Health | | April 06 2020, 5:00 PM

Some animals live longer than they should for their size. Some have shorter lives. And others don't appear to age at all.

Promising Drug On The Horizon For COVID-19 | | April 06 2020, 4:00 PM

A drug that's been tested against the coronaviruses that causes MERS and SARS and shown to have valuable antiviral properties appears to be potent against the COVID-19 virus as well.

The Military Has Altered Boot Camp To Protect Trainees. Is It Enough To Prevent Infections? | | April 06 2020, 3:47 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has brought big changes to one of the defining aspects of military life -- boot camp. But some people question if the changes are adequate to protect trainees.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson In Intensive Care Unit Due To COVID-19 | | April 06 2020, 3:20 PM

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive," U.K. officials said.

Los Angeles Authorities Sue Company For 'Illegally Selling' At-Home COVID-19 Test

Crime & Justice | | April 06 2020, 3:20 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says it has not authorized any at-home tests for the coronavirus. After one company started selling an at-home test in March, the city attorney of Los Angeles sued.

Schools Ditch Zoom Amid Concerns Over Online Learning Security

Education | | April 06 2020, 3:20 PM

School leaders in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas are abandoning the videoconferencing service after reports of meetings being disrupted by intruders.

Irish Leader Returns To Medicine To Help Battle COVID-19 Pandemic | | April 06 2020, 3:00 PM

Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reregistered as a medical practitioner with the country's Health Service Executive in March and will begin to work one shift a week.

Federal Judge Allows Some Abortions To Continue In Oklahoma

US & World | | April 06 2020, 3:00 PM

Patients have been turned away for abortions after Republican state officials said an executive order suspending elective procedures during the coronavirus pandemic applies to abortions.

Moscow Has Most Of Russia's COVID-19 Cases, But Work Stoppages Are Nationwide

US & World | | April 06 2020, 2:40 PM

Moscow's spike in COVID-19 infections has forced an economic shutdown in far-flung territories where the coronavirus has so far shown minimal bite.

Growing Costs And Shrinking Revenues Squeeze Hospitals As They Brace For Coronavirus

Health | | April 06 2020, 2:40 PM

In places like Los Angeles, hospitals are prepping for anticipated waves of COVID-19 patients. But they're having to ramp up while facing shrinking cash reserves.

Some Auto Insurers Are Sending Refunds To Customers As Crash Rate Falls | | April 06 2020, 2:20 PM

The pandemic is keeping cars parked, which means fewer crashes — and big savings for auto insurers. Allstate and American Family Insurance have decided to return that extra cash to customers.

Already Under Strain, Election Offices Falter As Pandemic Worsens | | April 06 2020, 1:00 PM

Full-time election workers in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC have fallen will with COVID-19 all while trying to make plans for carrying out upcoming elections under challenging conditions.

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine | | April 06 2020, 1:00 PM

"Especially during a pandemic, it is insanity for Russian-led forces and Ukrainians to be killing each other," write former U.S. envoys to Ukraine William B. Taylor, Steven Pifer and John E. Herbst.

Supreme Court Hands Federal Worker Partial Win In Age Discrimination Case

Crime & Justice | | April 06 2020, 12:40 PM

In a separate case, the court upheld a warrantless traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy in Kansas.

More Than 10,000 People Have Now Died From COVID-19 In The U.S.

US & World | | April 06 2020, 12:40 PM

The U.S. trails only Italy (16,523 dead) and Spain (13,055 dead) in the number of people lost to the pandemic.

Congressional Leaders Divided On Next Steps To Confront Coronavirus Threat

Politics | | April 06 2020, 12:20 PM

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agree that Congress will have to pass more legislation to combat the pandemic, but they disagree on what to do next, and when.

Hospitals Are Sourcing Masks from Auto Body Shops, HHS Inspector General Finds

Health | | April 06 2020, 9:40 AM

An office of the Department of Health and Human Services surveyed 323 U.S. hospitals and found shortages of "intravenous therapy poles, medical gas, linens and food." Many are still scrambling.

NPR Names Poynter's Kelly McBride As 6th Public Editor | | April 06 2020, 9:20 AM

Media ethicist Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute has been named NPR's public editor, an in-house advocate for listeners and newsroom watchdog.

In A Pandemic, The Paupers Of Professional Baseball Are Getting Help | | April 06 2020, 9:20 AM

With sports leagues on hiatus due to the coronavirus, most athletes are still getting paid. But not all. Minor League Baseball players have no guaranteed pay when they're not playing regular season.

Short Attention Span Theater: A Quick Look At Quibi's Launch Titles | | April 06 2020, 4:20 AM

The streaming service "designed specifically for your phone" launches with 50 shows — and over a 100 more on the way. Here's our highlights from the opening batch.

Fed Goes All Out To Keep Economy Alive During Coronavirus Shutdown | | April 06 2020, 4:00 AM

The Federal Reserve has moved quickly and creatively to pump money into the rapidly shrinking U.S. economy in hopes of keeping it afloat long enough to outlast the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Lockdowns Resulting In 'Horrifying Surge' In Domestic Violence, U.N. Warns

Health | | April 06 2020, 3:40 AM

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that reported cases had doubled in some countries "as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown."

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A Fifth Question For Passover: Should This Year’s Seder Be Virtual?

| April 06 2020, 10:33 AM

With Passover starting Wednesday, many Jewish families are grappling with how and whether to celebrate the holiday in the time of COVID-19.

Checking In On The Ports of Los Angeles And Long Beach: Hospital Ship ‘Mercy’ Docks, Cargo Volumes Are Down And More

| April 06 2020, 9:13 AM

The Navy hospital ship Mercy, sent to relieve pressure from local hospitals, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles and started receiving patients on Sunday.

Week In Politics: White House Clashes With States, A Virtual Presidential Convention? And More

| April 06 2020, 9:12 AM

AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the major headlines you might’ve missed in politics news over the weekend and looks ahead to the week to come.

Triple Play: When Sports Resume, Will Fans Feel Safe At Large Venues And Events?

| April 06 2020, 9:10 AM

We know you miss sports. We do too. Being cooped up in your house is bad enough, to say nothing of having to do so without the option of turning on your TV to catch a midday baseball game or follow the NBA or NHL seasons down their playoff stretches, all of which would be going on right now were it not for COVID-19.

Graduations Are Canceled Or Going Virtual. Seniors, How Are You Feeling?

| April 06 2020, 9:05 AM

The global coronavirus pandemic is impacting seniors everywhere. Yes, elderly seniors, who are at higher risk when it comes to the virus. But high school and college seniors are now missing out on what’s typically an extremely memorable time.

COVID-19: The Week Ahead, Antibody Test, Furloughs Of Medical Staff And More

| April 06 2020, 9:02 AM

The United States is bracing for a painful week, with a wave of coronavirus deaths expected across the nation.