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The COVID-19 Curve, Low Wage Workers, Corona Comedy: Amy Silverberg

Published March 31, 2020 at 2:40 PM PDT
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People stand in line to get tested for the coronavirus at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y. Thursday.

The COVID-19 Curve

Today, Californians woke up to some hopeful news. Our efforts to stay six feet apart from one another may have helped the state slow the spread of the coronavirus.If you look at the chart we have up on our website, California is trending better than New York or New Jersey in terms of the increase in cases. It’s a positive, but it is only one snapshot of this particular moment in time. We dig into how to read this data now and what it means for the future we have.


  • Jeremy Greene, Professor of Medicine and History at Johns Hopkins University

Check out the data here.

Physical Distancing 

Just when we’ve gotten used to the term “social distancing,” the World Health Organization and public officials like Governor Gavin Newsom, want us to change that to “Physical Distancing.”Well, there’s one professor whose life story and area of expertise explains why that distinction is so important. 


  • Professor Daniel Aldrich, Director of the “Security and Resilience Program” at Northeastern University 

Coronavirus Paid Family Leave Explainer 

The COVID-19 crisis has left many families struggling to still work while caring for their young children, many of whom are home because schools are closed. State Senator Ling Ling Chang wants to extend the benefits that parents get through the Paid Family Leave program, Take Two spoke to her about it.


  • State Senator Ling Ling Chang

Low Wage Workers 

Not everyone can work from home. Our columnist Erick Galindo spoke with one warehouse worker risking his health to maintain supply lines for hospitals, grocery stores and everyone else. Galindo chronicles life in Los Angeles for LAist in his column, Mis Angeles.

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Midshow Moment of Zen with Rabbi Goldberg

With so much going on these days, it can be hard to find a little peace of mind. So - as often as possible - we're going to bring you encouraging words from members of our community to help you slow down, take a breath, and find peace. Today, we bring you Rabbi Susan Goldberg of Nefesh Shabbat in East LA reading a reflection on disappointment written by poet David Whyte.

Becerra on Emissions Rollback 

The Trump administration has announced its rolling back on Obama-era regulations that force auto companies to produce fuel-efficient vehicles. Experts say the weakening of these rules will allow cars to emit about 1 billion more tons of carbon dioxide.


  • CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra

Coronavirus Online Community College 

California community college leaders say it's been a massive task in the last few weeks to prepare their faculty for online instruction. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez explains how one college did it and how staff are helping students who've put education on the back burner because of the current crisis.

Corona Comedy: Amy Silverberg

There is an old saying that goes, "If I can laugh at any mortal thing, 'tis that I am not weep." That's Byron by the way, from about 200 years ago, but it always applies, especially in time like we are going through right now. So with that...we've been aiming to make you smile over the last few weeks by bringing on some comedians to talk about what we are all going through. Today: Amy Silverberg. She does stand up and is a post-doctoral student at USC.


  • Amy Silverberg, Stand-Up Comedian and Post-doctoral student at USC
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