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    New Jersey’s Patient Zero

    New Jersey’s Patient Zero

    Across the United States, many hospitals are confronting their first confirmed cases of coronavirus. Today, we speak to New Jersey’s patient zero, a medical professional, about what having the virus was like for him, what he learned from the experience and why he thinks, “America is not ready.”

    Guests: Susan Dominus, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, spoke with James Cai, a physician’s assistant who was the first person in New Jersey to contract the coronavirus. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

    Background reading: James Cai was told his test for coronavirus had not been completed. Then he heard from the governor on the news that he was the first confirmed case in New Jersey. Why states must ask knotty questions about how much to tell the public — and when.President Trump, listening to his health advisers, has said that the country should be practicing social distancing until at least the end of April. Here are the latest updates.

    • 31 min
    Special Episode: What I Learned When My Husband Got Coronavirus

    Special Episode: What I Learned When My Husband Got Coronavirus

    After weeks of caring for her sick husband, our colleague wanted to write an essay about her family’s battle against the coronavirus — a warning to those in isolation who haven’t experienced the ravages of the virus intimately. Today, we read her letter from the future aloud.

    This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

    • 24 min
    Special Episode: Jody's Playlist

    Special Episode: Jody's Playlist

    Jody Rosen, a writer for The Times Magazine, transports us into his current soundtrack. From Alberta Hunter's “voice of longevity” to the “transfixing performance” of Missy Elliott, Jody shares the music that’s helping him find new rhythms — during these days stuck inside.




    Music discussed:“My Castle’s Rockin’” by Alberta Hunter“I’ll Get By” by Nick Lucas“Lick Shots” by Missy Elliott“Simply Beautiful” by Al Green

    • 16 min
    A Kids’ Guide to Coronavirus

    A Kids’ Guide to Coronavirus

    Over the last few weeks, children have called into “The Daily” with a lot of questions about the coronavirus: How did the virus get on earth? What color is coronavirus? And can dogs get it? Today, we try to answer them. Guest: Carl Zimmer, science reporter and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

    Background reading: Do your children still have more questions? Here’s a guide on how to talk to them about the coronavirus.With many kids home from school, we have some tips for creating structure around your children’s school days, and some recommendations for podcasts to help keep little ones occupied — and learning.

    • 29 min
    A Historic Stimulus Bill

    A Historic Stimulus Bill

    To rescue the American economy in the coronavirus crisis, Congress is on the verge of adopting the most expensive stimulus bill in U.S. history. But how much is the battle over this measure being influenced by the last financial crisis? Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, the congressional editor of The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

    Background reading: The bill promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans, increased jobless aid and grants to save small businesses from permanent closure. Here’s what it means for you.

    • 30 min
    ‘Raring to Go by Easter’

    ‘Raring to Go by Easter’

    Last week, President Trump called himself a “wartime president” as he faced up to the threat caused by the coronavirus. But only days later — and with the crisis escalating — he has abandoned that message. What changed?

    Guest: Maggie Haberman, who covers the White House for The New York Times For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

    Background reading: Despite the warnings, President Trump said he believed a crippled economy and forced social isolation would inflict more harm than the spread of the virus.Mr. Trump is now facing a personal dilemma as he responds to the crisis: How can he save his campaign for re-election when so much is suddenly going so wrong?The White House and Congress have reached a $2 trillion stimulus deal, the biggest such package in modern American history. The plan would offer jobless benefits to individuals and direct cash payments to taxpayers.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

P713 ,

Living with the Virus

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are shelter in place and taking it seriously. My children are beyond frustrated with people who are not (like my 78 year old father) My thirteen year old said last night “Why do people have to watch someone die to take it seriously?”
I don’t know why-I’m so sorry for what you are going through. Please update us on your husbands condition and your own health. God Speed.

unhappyM ,

The Daily and especially today’s episode

The Daily is SO good: in its choice of and mix of stories, the quality of the reporting, and (in those stories about things I knew a lot about before, its “spot-Inness”
Re today’s episode about Jody and her husband T: it brought tears to my eyes. But I disagree with the concluding line. My husband just died a peaceful but too early death (of the flu, not COVID 19) and I’m not sure being the caregiver/ survivor is the lucky part

NHSTAD ,

Sunday Special Episode

Thank you for today’s wonderful episode. This real view of this wicked virus was very touching. I pray for improved health and safety for your family.

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