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BONUS: How One Woman Inspired The Design For The N95 Mask

The N95 respirator has become one of the most coveted items in the world, especially by medical professionals. But how did this seemingly simple mask become the lifesaving tool it is today? In this bonus episode of NPR's history podcast, Throughline, we follow the curious history of one of the most important defenses in our fight against COVID-19.

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Alabama Re-opens, Value of Antibody Tests, Hong Kong Braces For Crackdown

Alabama is reopening despite a shortage of intensive care beds in Montgomery. A surge in demand for antibody tests runs the risk of giving people and employers a false sense of security. As Beijing tightens its grip, Hong Kong reacts.

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Hong Kong Security Law, Re-Opening Colleges, Coronavirus And Guantánamo Bay

Beijing has signaled it will push through sweeping national security legislation for Hong Kong, its most aggressive effort yet to exert its control over the semi-autonomous city. Also, the Centers for Disease Control has new recommendations for colleges and universities preparing to welcome back students during the coronavirus pandemic. And, legal proceedings have come to a virtual standstill at the U.S. military court and prison at Guantánamo Bay due to the pandemic. So what happens now?

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Social Distancing Study, Coronavirus Plateaus In Some Cities, Syrian War Crimes Trial

A Columbia University analysis estimates that tens of thousands of U.S. deaths could have been prevented with earlier lockdowns. Also, new coronavirus data shows declines in new cases of the virus, hospitalizations and deaths across all but a few areas of the United States. So what about the cities where cases have merely plateaued? And, Syrian officials who fled the nation's civil war are on trial in Germany, charged with war crimes.

Social Distancing Study, Coronavirus Plateaus In Some Cities, Syrian War Crimes Trial

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Measuring An Economic Rebound, Air Pollution During Pandemic, Cyclone Amphan

How quickly can the U.S. economy rebound from the coronavirus shutdown? And, with traffic dramatically down in recent months, the U.S. is in the middle of an accidental experiment showing what happens to air pollution when millions of people stop driving. Also, a massive cyclone in the Bay of Bengal poses deadly risks in a vulnerable part of the world.

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U.S. Criticizes WHO, Trump And Hydroxychloroquine, Senate Hearing On Coronavirus Aid

President Trump and his health secretary say the World Health Organization failed in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and threatened to permanently end U.S. funding. Also, the president says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc to protect against the coronavirus. And, a Senate committee will question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the first wave of coronavirus aid.

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WHO Annual Meeting, Automakers Back To Work, Florida Re-Opens Businesses

The World Health Organization annual oversight meeting kicks off today amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe. Also, some of the biggest automakers are starting up their assembly lines again. What safety measures are they taking? And, Florida's two biggest counties are re-opening non-essential businesses even as the state is seeing new coronavirus cases trending up.

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BONUS: Hotel Corona

As Israelis were in isolation, under lockdown, 180 patients in one COVID-19 ward were eating, dancing and laughing together across religious lines. Welcome to the Hotel Corona. In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR's international podcast Rough Translation, host Gregory Warner takes you to Jerusalem to tell a story that follows familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory.

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Trump Fires State Dept. IG, Federal Testing Lab List Unhelpful, Italy Re-Opens

President Trump fired Inspector General State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, some states find a list of COVID testing labs provided by the White House largely unhelpful, and after a nine week lock down, Italy re-opens.

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States Reopening Chaos, FDA Test Warning, Burr Stepping Down

The Trump administration put the onus on reopening to states, but city and county governments aren't always willing to abide by state rules. The Food and Drug Administration raises concerns about the reliability of a speedy coronavirus test touted by President Trump. And, Sen. Richard Burr will step aside from his role as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, pending an FBI investigation into possible insider trading.

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