State of Affairs
Governor Newsom tells California to stay home, issuing a dire prediction if people fail to act. Meanwhile, as thousands face economic uncertainty here, Senate Republicans pitch a trillion-dollar Coronavirus package. We’re going to get into those developments and more with Zach Courser, co-director of the Policy Lab at Claremont McKenna College and Christina Bellantoni, is a professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
- Zach Courser, co-director of the Policy Lab at Claremont McKenna College
- Christina Bellantoni, Professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
Safer at Home
The L.A. County Department of Public Health announced 64 new coronavirus cases in a press conference this afternoon. If that number seems small, director Barbara Ferrer said her department is preparing for many more in the days to come. Though that seems grave, its important to understand the potential risk. Especially give the news we received Thursday night. LA leaders announced orders that officially close certain businesses along with providing instructions on where and how residents can move and gather thru the area. Since then the twitter hashtag #losangeleslockdown has been trending, which may lead to some confusion about what's allowed and what's not. LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger explains what this all means for you.
- Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor
The 'Chinese Virus'
Yesterday during a press briefing, President Trump doubled down on calling the Coronavirus the “Chinese virus.” He has defended the use of the label … by saying that the virus comes from China, however the only thing that’s generally agreed on by experts so far is that the first reported cases of COVID-19 were from the city of Wuhan in the Eastern part of the country. The president insisting on the name largely ignores criticism from the Asian American community and others that the term is racist and anti-Chinese.
- Stewart Kwoh, Founder of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Midshow Moment of Zen
Today's moment of zen in the midst of this crisis, Take Two brings you the sounds of the Chino Hills High School Chamber Choir. Quarantines meant they couldn't sing together, but video conferencing allowed them to get together in unison.
Even under quarantine, it's still okay to go outside to hike. Modern Hiker's Casey Schreiner shares some of the best trails where you're less likely to run into other people but still break that cabin fever.
- Casey Schreiner, Modern Hiker
Bean Supply Chain
Head to a store right now and odds are you'll have trouble finding beans. Which, honestly, kind of scares us, because it makes us think...hey maybe we're running out of beans altogether. KPCC's Jacob Margolis has been digging into the bean supply chain to tell us where the hangup is.
- Jacob Margolis, KPCC's Science Reporter
Weekend Preview Non-events Edition
Finally, another Friday, and another week of social distancing. But even though it’s best to avoid crowds you can still have fun this weekend in Southern California. In this non-event edition of Weekend Preview, Take Two's Leo Duran gets some expert advice about board games to play even remotely and great podcasts to binge.
- Leo Duran, KPCC's Take Two Reporter and Producer