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QVC, HSN Viewership Rises; Missing Sounds Of New York

Retail sales have dropped significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewership has gone up for QVC and HSN. Mike George, president and CEO of the networks' parent company Qurate, joins us to discuss how the retail landscape has changed. And, Carrie Welch of the New York Public Library joins us to discuss the library's new release, "Missing Sounds of New York: An Auditory Love Letter to New Yorkers."


3 Recipes To Make Multiple Meals; The Politics Of Face Masks

If you're getting bored in the kitchen, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares ideas about stretching one dish over several meals without having it taste like leftovers. Also, Fox News analyst Brit Hume tweeted a photo mocking Joe Biden for wearing a face mask. President Trump retweeted it. Host Robin Young speaks with NPR senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro about the political benefit of mocking face masks.


Remembering A Husband, Father On Memorial Day; Grand Canyon Geology

Army Maj. Paul Voelke was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. His wife Traci Voelke's and their son Ben Voelke join us to remember him. Also, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is among the world's most amazing natural wonders. We talk with geologist and author Wayne Ranney about the geology of the Grand Canyon, how it formed and how it's changing.


Rising Voices Of Black And Latino Boys; COVID-19 Toll On 'Death Care' Industry

Scholastic's Rising Voices Library is a collection of fiction and nonfiction books dedicated to black and Latino boys. We speak to the curators about the new collection. Also, the pandemic has strained the capacity of funeral homes and cemeteries. In New Jersey, which has the second-highest rate of COVID-19 deaths, it's having a big impact on workers in the so-called "death care" industry. Nick Pugliese of WHYY reports.


Global COVID-19 Cases Surpass 5 Million; Poet's Advice For Graduates

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 5 million this week, with most of the new cases coming from just four countries: the U.S., Russia, Brazil and India. Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor at Columbia University, joins us to discuss the state of the coronavirus pandemic. And, commencement speeches this year have taken on additional weight as graduates try to imagine what the future holds. Poet and author Sonya Renee Taylor joins us with some inspiring words for the graduating class of...


Telemedicine During Pandemic; 3rd Grader Says Online Learning Is Technological Disaster

Addiction experts are turning to telemedicine to offer their services to patients amid the pandemic. We speak to Stephen Loyd, Chief Medical Officer of Cedar Recovery in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, about the role of telemedicine in addiction treatment. Also, we've heard a lot from adults about the struggles of online learning, but how are kids feeling? Well, New York third-grader Ginger Lidskey thinks homeschooling desperately needs a redesign. She tells us what she's thinking.


Dentists Begin Reopening; Animal Habitat Destruction

Dentist offices in some states are beginning to reopen for non-emergency services this week. Dr. Romesh Nalliah, clinical professor of dentistry at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss the challenges dentists and hygienists are facing in the era of coronavirus. And, there's growing consensus that human destruction of pristine habitats is driving animals into new environments where they can spread viruses and incubate new ones.


Disney Issues Warning To Visitors; Newspaper Unions Push Back On Tribune

Disney is putting rules in place like requiring visitors to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks. The company has also issued a warning — saying come at your own risk. Martin Lewison, known as Professor Roller Coaster, joins us. Also, newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing have been forced to accept furloughs and pay cuts that will last beyond the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Newsroom unions are pushing back, fearful of the investment firm about to take over the company....


Hydroxycholoroquine Shortages; Reopening Offices

Nearly 1.5 million lupus patients depend on hydroxycholoroquine, but since the coronavirus pandemic caught fire in March, the drug has been hard to come by. Lupus patient Stacie Beland joins us to discuss how she has been affected by the shortages. And, SalesForce executive Elizabeth Pinkham joins us to discuss the ways that offices and office culture at the software and cloud computing company are being reshaped by the coronavirus.


Science Teachers Get Creative; Air Conditioning During COVID-19

As students of all ages adjust to online classes during the pandemic, one course that can be hard to teach virtually is science. But for some teachers, where there's a will, there's a way. WBEZ's Kate McGee reports. Also, some increasingly popular air conditioning systems don't bring in enough fresh air. University of Maryland environmental health professor Donald Milton joins host Robin Young to discuss one type of ultraviolent light system that disinfects inside air called upper-room UV.


Lifeguard On Beaches Reopening; Nursing Home Staff Live In On-Site RVs

In mid-March, nursing home owner Tyson Belanger decided to take a unique approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19: offering staff up to $20,000 a month to move into RVs he rented and placed on site. Belanger talks to host Robin Young about his plan and how other facilities could make it work. Also, beaches in Los Angeles reopened after closing to the public for social distancing. As Memorial Day draws closer, beaches are looking at how to reopen. We talk with retired lifeguard Gus Avila,...


Mother On Pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome; Rats Adapt To New Reality

At least 150 children in the U.S. are now believed to have contracted pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, a new illness thought to be connected to COVID-19. Amber Dean, a Hornell, New York, mother of three joins us to discuss her 9-year-old son Bobby who is recovering from the illness. And, we hear from an exterminator about how rats have adapted to life during the pandemic.


WHO Warns Coronavirus 'May Never Go Away;' How Much Salt Is Too Much?

The World Health Organization warned this week that the coronavirus "may never go away," even after there is a vaccine. We analyze this and other news with Lawrence Gostin, professor of law at Georgetown University and director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. And, most Americans eat far more salt that they should and it's in all kinds of food products. But how much is too much? Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian, a cardiologist at Tufts, joins us to discuss how people can...


Kirk Franklin's Message Of Hope; EU Official Promises Summer Travel Season

Grammy award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin is flooding social media with at home concerts and entertaining videos to uplift people in these difficult times. We chat with him about his message of hope, expansive career and activism. Also, an official from the European Union is proposing a gradual lifting of border restrictions to kick start summer tourism after the industry's been hit hard by the pandemic.


Americans Report Mental Health Concerns; Social Justice In A Pandemic

A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found more than 4 in 10 Americans say stress from the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Ken Duckworth of the National Alliance on Mental Illness joins us to discuss growing concerns over the nation's mental health. And, social justice organizations are assessing how to mobilize while adhering to the constraints of the pandemic in the wake of Ahmaud Arbery's death. Opal Tometi, one of the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, joins...


'80s Music Made For Quarantine; Housing Market Stalls

From "U Can't Touch This" to "Don't Stand So Close To Me," husband and wife DJ duo John and Heidi Small from South Dakota share the perfect '80s songs for the moment. Also, spring is supposed to be a busy time for the U.S. housing market. But the coronavirus has upended plans for buyers and sellers across the country. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports.


Gaming In Isolation; Coronavirus Antibody Drugs

Several pharmaceutical companies hope to harness the power of antibodies in a drug that could help treat and prevent COVID-19 in the general population. We hear about one such possible treatment from the drug maker Regeneron. And, while much of the real world remains shut down, the virtual world is thriving. Ben Brock Johnson, who covers tech for Here & Now, reports that video gaming companies are releasing more immersive features that go beyond your typical virtual adventure.


Uber In Talks To Buy Grubhub; South Korea Sees New Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Uber is in talks to acquire rival Grubhub. The consolidation of the two food delivery operations would give the company a 55% market share at a time when demand for food delivery is exploding. Also, authorities in South Korea say they have no immediate plans to revive strict social distancing rules despite a spike in cases linked to nightclubs in Seoul.


Gender And Coronavirus; Photojournalist Documents COVID-19 Patients

Globally, women who contracted COVID-19 have been less likely than infected men to get really sick or die. Researchers in Los Angeles have begun giving male patients the hormone progesterone, mainly found in women, to see if that helps them recover. One of those researchers joins us to discuss the study. And, photojournalist Jeff Rhode takes us inside Holy Name Medical Center, an independent hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he is documenting the coronavirus pandemic.


New Flavors for Spring Cooking; Elon Musk Defies COVID-19 Shutdown Order

Chef Kathy Gunt joins us to talk about ways to liven up the menu with new flavors and repurposed ingredients. Also, Tesla is making cars at its California factory again in defiance of a shutdown order from local public health officials. CEO Elon Musk sued Alameda County, where the plant is located, and even threatened to move Tesla out of California in light of the coronavirus restrictions