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The Navajo Nation has seen a significant spike in coronavirus cases. Tribal leaders say they desperately need more supplies, but the biggest problem may be the reservation's lack of running water.

Because we can not hug or stand close, the coronavirus has changed how we mourn those we've lost. Funeral director Norman J. Williams of Unity Funeral Parlors offers his thoughts about the living.

NPR's Scott Simon remembers those beyond of the front lines of hospital rooms, but those who're cleaning up after us, making sure we're fed, and kept safe in the midst of a global pandemic.

Julia Alvarez returns to adult fiction with <em>Afterlife</em>, which she calls her first novel as an "elder." It's about a newly retired woman whose comfortable life is upended when her husband dies.

We often think of fatality rates as statistics — numbers on a chart. But each one represents a real person. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on some of those who have been lost so far in the pandemic.

Irby's new essay collection is <em>Wow, No Thank You</em>. She says it was inspired by moving from Chicago to Kalamazoo and feeling like a fish out of water, with no friends and a strange house.

Some doctors are sending their children to live elsewhere and rearranging their personal lives as they fight the epidemic.

Lowery got his start as an activist organizing bus boycotts in 1950s Alabama. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades and prayed at Barack Obama's first inauguration.

"Case fatality rates have been very confusing," says Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease expert. Here's why.

NPR's Scott Simon looks back on the joys of working in an office as he — and millions of Americans — are consigned to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first woman to receive the experimental treatment says she was driven to volunteer for the Phase 1 trial out of a sense of helplessness.

In her first novel since the hit pandemic tale <em>Station Eleven</em>, Mandel introduces a troubled brother and sister who get involved with a crooked hotel magnate, changing their lives in unexpected ways.

More from KCRW

Generations of listeners have celebrated the signature songs of the artist who died this week at 81. But Withers' greater catalog reveals a man who stuck to his beliefs in the face of the pop machine.

from NPR

An employee of the Union Rescue became the first person on Skid Row to be diagnosed with COVID-19. He was picking up and delivering basic supplies like food and first aid equipment.

from Greater LA

Health care workers are now dealing with higher levels of depression and anxiety. They’re suffering panic attacks. Some are contemplating suicide.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Latest

Governor Gavin Newsom rolled out a new program called the California Health Corps this week.

To fight COVID-19 surge, California Health Corps recruits retired, international doctors

Governor Gavin Newsom rolled out a new program called the California Health Corps this week.

from KCRW Features

AT&T has appointed former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar as the new head of WarnerMedia. That means he’ll oversee HBO, HBO Max, CNN, Warner Bros. and other WarnerMedia properties.

Hollywood news banter: New WarnerMedia CEO; virtual SXSW

AT&T has appointed former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar as the new head of WarnerMedia. That means he’ll oversee HBO, HBO Max, CNN, Warner Bros. and other WarnerMedia properties.

from The Business

Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom's security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.

A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning

Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom's security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.

from NPR

Are the president’s daily coronavirus briefings standing in for his high-energy rallies?

Front row at the Trump show

Are the president’s daily coronavirus briefings standing in for his high-energy rallies?

from Left, Right & Center

In the land of gridlock, car accidents are down and the mayor has ordered more red lights to slow traffic.

A Coronavirus Plus: Wide-Open Highways In Los Angeles

In the land of gridlock, car accidents are down and the mayor has ordered more red lights to slow traffic.

from NPR

The crowded, unsanitary conditions on Skid Row are a breeding ground for disease.  Now the area has its first confirmed case.

Skid Row’s first COVID-19 case

The crowded, unsanitary conditions on Skid Row are a breeding ground for disease.  Now the area has its first confirmed case.

from Greater LA

For people sheltering in place, our critics recommend movies that might be falling under the radar: “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire” (Hulu), set in 1770 France, in which a painter observes…

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is one of the best movies of the decade, critic says

For people sheltering in place, our critics recommend movies that might be falling under the radar: “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire” (Hulu), set in 1770 France, in which a painter observes…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Despite record-breaking unemployment numbers in March, thousands of people are still working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Undocumented farm laborers are essential during COVID-19 pandemic, face safety risks

Despite record-breaking unemployment numbers in March, thousands of people are still working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand