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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

    What New York City Did Wrong

    What New York City Did Wrong

    Just a few weeks ago, officials were saying the coronavirus outbreak posed a relatively low risk for people living in New York City. How did health experts and government officials misread the threat so completely? And what can the rest of the country learn from what’s happening in New York now?
    Guest: Elizabeth Kim, senior editor for Gothamist and WNYC. 
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    • 25 min
    TBD | Where Are All the Tests?

    TBD | Where Are All the Tests?

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    The United States failed to roll out widespread testing in the early days of the pandemic. Now it faces critical shortages of supplies as it scrambles to track the disease around the country.

    Until testing is available at scale, Americans won’t be able to return to their normal lives. So: what will it take to solve the country’s testing shortage?

    Guest: Robert P. Baird, contributor to the New Yorker
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    • 26 min
    When Your Doctor Gets COVID-19

    When Your Doctor Gets COVID-19

    What happens when the people on the frontlines get sick? An ER doctor shares her experience with coronavirus as doctor and patient.
    Guest: Dara Kass, Emergency medicine physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center
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    • 28 min
    Does 1918 Even Apply Here?

    Does 1918 Even Apply Here?

    There’s plenty to be learned from past pandemics. They tend to follow a dramatic arc: denial, blame, and mass mobilization. So far, the coronavirus tracks with some contagions of the past—but can history tell anything about where we’re headed?
    Guest: David S. Jones, professor of the culture of medicine at Harvard University.
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    • 22 min
    How to Hold an Election During a Pandemic

    How to Hold an Election During a Pandemic

    As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, the United States might have to figure out how to hold an election in a time of social distancing. Will local, state and federal officials be able coordinate in time to transform our election infrastructure?
    Guest: Nate Persily, Stanford University Law Professor

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    • 27 min
    Can Congress Save the Economy?

    Can Congress Save the Economy?

    To understand where the country is right now in battling this pandemic you have to confront some pretty grim statistics. Roughly one in three Americans are under some kind of orders to stay at home. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 33,000. And a nearly $2 trillion dollar coronavirus rescue package is hanging in the Senate’s balance. With many Americans and health care workers needing immediate assistance, will lawmakers respond?
    Guest: Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer.
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    • 21 min

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