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A daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Hosted by Kelly McEvers from Embedded. Approximately 10 minutes in length. Publishing weekday afternoons. Includes stories and interviews from NPR's Science, International, National, Business and Washington reporting teams, as well as station reporters, and the crews at Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
13 Episodes
6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, doubling the record-setting numbers from the week before. The rapid increase has overwhelmed state offices. Ventilators are a scare resource right now. While they are lifesaving for some, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports when it comes to COVID-19, they do not guarantee survival.Plus, how to protect essential workers when ordering delivery and going to the grocery store.Links:The Indicator's episode on scarcity in the emergency room on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Camila Domonoske's reporting on grocery store worker safety.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
Officials on the White House coronavirus task force have a goal: to limit the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 to 100,000 people. But they say preventing more clusters the size of New York and New Jersey is key. And with conflicting opinions about who should be wearing masks, NPR's Allison Aubrey reports new guidance may be coming soon.Plus, what a 1995 heat wave can teach us about fighting today's pandemic — and the scientific debate over what could be early symptoms of COVID-19 — a loss of taste and smell.Links:Short Wave's episode, 'Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, messages from President Trump and state governors have been mixed. Meanwhile, New York City has over 40,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, making it the epicenter of the pandemic in America. WNYC reporter Gwynne Hogan visits a Brooklyn hospital on the front lines of the pandemic, and the owner of a restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown explains why he closed three weeks ago. Also, tips to help you pay your mortgage or rent if you've lost your job.Links:Find and support your local public radio stationRachel Martin's conversation with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Life Kit's guide to receiving financial help during the pandemic on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
Two weeks ago, President Trump told Americans to stay home for 15 days. On Sunday, he extended that guidance for another month, as the U.S. trails behind other countries on per-capita testing. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports on a new test expected this week that promises quicker results.Plus, tips on how to grocery shop safely.Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station
The $2 trillion economic recovery package is now law, as the number of COVID-19 cases in America approaches 100,000 and deaths near 1,500. A Johns Hopkins scientist weighs in on the idea of relaxing social distancing in select locations and the importance of more testing for coronavirus. And we explain when Americans could expect to receive federal stimulus money. More links: Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour's episode, 'Family Friendly Crowd Pleasers: Three Things To Stream Your Whole Family Can Enjoy' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on the NPR One App. Check out Tarriona 'Tank' Ball's Tiny Desk (Home) ConcertSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station
Weekly unemployment claims soared last week to nearly 3.3 million and Congress works to finalize a coronavirus relief package. Plus Anthony Fauci talks about the state of testing for Covid-19 in the US, and NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on why more testing is critical. Also, a grocer in Maine reflects on the boredom and anxiety of working through the pandemic. More links: Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Contact 'Embedded' with your story from the front lines of the crisis at Dr Anthony Fauci's interview on 'Morning Edition'Find and support your local public radio station
It would be the largest such stimulus package in American history. The Governor of New York says it's not nearly enough. Plus, NPR's Ayesha Rascoe reports on the confusion about the Trump administration's use of the Federal Defense Production Act, and how one ER doctor in Seattle is coping on the front lines of the pandemic. More links: Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station Chef Amanda Freitag's pandemic cooking tips and recipes
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the pandemic could peak in New York in the next 14-21 days — around the same time President Trump said he'd love to "open" the economy. Plus why the aviation and other transportation industries are lining up for federal bailout money, and a theory about why the virus might be so good at spreading. More links: Find and support your local public radio station here. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports on how to clean surfaces inside your home.Listen to Atlantic journalist Ed Yong on 'Short Wave' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at Listen to 'Wow In The World' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at
How do officials weigh the economic cost against the public health benefit? Plus a report from the hardest-hit area of Italy, and a sampling of free things that you had to pay for before the coronavirus. Planet Money's episode 'How To Save The Economy Now' is here. Here's a list of things that weren't free before the coronavirus from NPR's Brakkton Booker. Email the show at
Two of the hardest-hit states order residents to stay home in an effort to fight the pandemic. Plus what the World Health Organization has learned about the coronavirus in the months since it began to spread. And how homeowners could have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. More links: Life Kit's episode on how to spot fake news. Find and support your local public radio station. Follow host Kelly McEvers on Twitter. Email the show at
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in a private luncheon, compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu. NPR's Tim Mak obtained a secret recording — more of his reporting is here. Plus how nurses are coping in the Seattle region, and why schools are struggling to make informed decisions about keeping kids home from school. Check out Life Kit's episode '8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You' here. Find and support your local public radio station here. Email the show at
White House officials expect a spike tied to increased testing. Plus a guide to social distancing, a look at the grocery store supply chain, and a suggestion from NPR Music to take the edge off feelings of isolation and stress. You can hear Life Kit's episode on social distancing, "Disrupted and Distanced," here on Apple podcasts or at can stream NPR Music's 'Isle Of Calm' playlist via Spotify or Apple Music. Find and support your local public radio station here. Email the show at
The coronavirus pandemic is changing everything, and fast. Here's a way to follow the latest news on the virus, the public health fight against it, and how the world is coping. Each weekday we'll bring you stories and conversations from NPR journalists. Hosted by Kelly McEvers.
Comments (7)

George Evans

"saying that we have done more tests than any other country is just wrong" <- paraphrasing something said by the show that is itself just wrong. Trump said nothing about per capita, so don't say he was wrong when he wasn't. That's all. Otherwise a great episode.

Apr 3rd

Daniel Miladinovich

Testing would save our country. I can't believe that we, as a nation, have not prioritized it. That quote from Trump really worries me.

Apr 1st

Marty Stanley

pretty crazy how in the last 4 days the number of known active cases in the US have doubled!!

Mar 31st


thank you for this

Mar 27th
Reply (1)

Shawn Jones

it's not necessarily "fast moving" as the confirmed numbers increase, it's because testing has increased. There's obviously more people infected than we currently know, or will likely ever know. Your statement just spreads excessive panic.

Mar 24th

Jane Martin

Kelly McEvers, thank you for some sanity and clarity within this chaos.

Mar 24th
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