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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

    Countries are spending big to stop economic losses

    Countries are spending big to stop economic losses

    The US is rolling out its largest economic stimulus package in history. Other countries are also spending big to stop losses caused by the coronavirus crisis, but there are some differences in how they do it and who benefits. And, Iran is one of the countries worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than a month, health authorities have struggled to contain the outbreak. Also, after much early success, South Korea is taking steps to prevent a secondary coronavirus outbreak.

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    Number in The News: 71 — Spotify creates a podcast to save your pup from loneliness

    Number in The News: 71 — Spotify creates a podcast to save your pup from loneliness

    From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 71. Swedish audio streaming site Spotify surveyed 5,000 pet owners from Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy and the United States and found that 71% of pet owners play music for their pets when they leave the house. Your pup might be getting extra attention as the world hunkers down amid the pandemic. But if you need some pet-free time as you work from home, Spotify has teamed up with British actor Ralph Ineson — best known for his roles in Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Office — to create five-hour-long podcasts that serve as a companion to your canine while you’re not around.

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    Privacy concerns amid government coronavirus tracking tools

    Privacy concerns amid government coronavirus tracking tools

    Governments around the world are using digital tracking tools to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In Europe, where privacy and data protections are among the strongest in the world, there’s an effort to come up with effective digital tracking tools that are also privacy-friendly. And, the US armed forces are juggling contradictory goals — troop readiness and troop protection. Tensions around these goals are playing out in Guam and elsewhere, as military leaders prepare troops to fight, while trying to shield them from the coronavirus outbreak. Also, pretty much everything seems to have come to a complete halt. But what about romance, relationships and dating?

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    The USS Theodore Roosevelt faces an outbreak of the coronavirus

    The USS Theodore Roosevelt faces an outbreak of the coronavirus

    The US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked off the island of Guam, a US territory. Onboard, an unknown number of sailors are sick with COVID-19. But Guam itself has its own coronavirus outbreak. And, the government of India has shut down the entire country, to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, millions of Indians have lost their jobs, which has triggered unprecedented mass migration as poor migrant workers return home. Also, a herd of wild goats has taken over the seaside town of Llandudno in Wales, munching on hedges and flowers from gardens. 

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    China steps up support as US and Europe struggle to contain COVID-19

    China steps up support as US and Europe struggle to contain COVID-19

    As the US and Europe struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak, China is sending aid and medical supplies around the world. And, over 70 million displaced people around the world are stuck in overcrowded refugee camps. The coronavirus outbreak is putting a strain on already poor living conditions. Also, archaeologists have discovered the remains of 3,400-year-old ball court in the mountains of Oaxaca in Mexico. The discovery may shed light on how Mesoamerican societies developed.

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    Deciding how to allocate scarce medical resources

    Deciding how to allocate scarce medical resources

    With masks and ventilators in short supply, how health care providers around the world deciding to allocate scarce resources? And, Moscow residents got a four-hour notice Sunday before the city went under a sweeping quarantine. The order from the mayor of Moscow came just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a week-long, paid, stay-at-home holiday. Also, the new Social Distancing Festival was created as an online space for artists to showcase their work if a performance or exhibition has been impacted by COVID-19.

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