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Funerals Change In The Wake Of The Coronavirus

On a recent weekday, the Pensacola News Journal published 19 death notices. When people die, final arrangements must be made, but things are different now because of COVID-19 . “Well, right now, it’s kind of put the funeral homes in a bit of a juggling match,” said Richard Trahan, one of the owners of Trahan Family Funeral Home , which has locations in Pensacola and Milton. “We are trying to honor the loved one, while at the same time trying to keep everybody safe and protected.” These days,...

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On a recent weekday, the Pensacola News Journal published 19 death notices. When people die, final arrangements must be made, but things are different now because of COVID-19.

Why It Takes So Long To Get Most COVID-19 Test Results

Mar 28, 2020

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has begun to ramp up in recent weeks. Giant commercial labs have jumped into the effort, drive-up testing sites have been established in some places, and new types of tests have been approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, whose inflexible support of conservative policies placed him at the heart of many major congressional battles, has died at the age of 72. His former communications director, John Hart, confirmed that Coburn died Saturday morning "after a long battle with prostate cancer."

Coburn's former colleague, fellow Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, remembered the senator as a "friend and a leader."

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Comedian Marc Maron: We Need 'Groupthink Empathy' During COVID-19 Outbreak: "We [have] to do the right thing to protect those who are vulnerable," Maron says. His new Netflix stand-up special, End Times Fun, was named before the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated at 9:14 p.m. ET

The United States marked another grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus on Saturday, when the number of deaths from the virus topped 2,000.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 2,010 Americans have now died from the coronavirus. The majority of deaths have been in New York City.

As COVID-19 cases in the remote Pacific climb, it turns out that even natural isolation is no match against this pandemic.

Let us all have a moment of sympathy – and perhaps even understanding — for Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky.

Massie was the guy who caught hell from all sides Friday when he tried to force a roll call vote on the coronavirus relief bill in the House of Representatives. He said he wanted every individual member to record his or her vote on the gargantuan $2 trillion package, which he called the biggest relief bill in the history of mankind.

In recent weeks doctors and nurses have reported dire shortages of protective gear; on the Cape Cod peninsula in Massachusetts, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, hospital workers say they're being forced to reuse N-95 masks. In New York, the current epicenter of the U.S.

Predictions

Mar 28, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what did we learn about you on video meetings this week? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: Well, no one teleconferences with me, so I just prerecord a bunch of videos of me in different costumes. So they would learn that I don't really work well as a team.

SAGAL: Negin Farsad.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 28, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to go onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

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