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Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson — who was fired last week by the president months after raising concerns that eventually led to Trump's impeachment — issued a statement late Sunday insisting that his actions were not partisan and defending the federal whistleblower law.

Scientists are currently carrying out a trial to see whether a drug that's currently used to treat lupus and to prevent malaria might also help treat COVID-19.

Their interest is based on laboratory studies showing that the drug, hydroxychloroquine, blocked the coronavirus from entering cells. There's no solid evidence, as yet though, that the drug actually is an effective COVID-19 treatment.

In fact, medical experts have warned against buying it for that purpose, because that might exhaust supplies for people who actually need it.

Imagine a version of the NBC hit comedy The Office where everyone's working from home. Irritating boss Michael can't stop sending vaguely inappropriate gifs, lumpish Kevin can't quite master the mute button and workplace wiseguy Jim is always looking directly at the camera, because, well, he has no other choice. He's stuck in meetings on Zoom.

It seems like such an obvious and powerful idea: airlines that laid off thousands of workers over the past few weeks are retraining some employees to assist in hospitals and nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Flight attendants, after all, are already skilled in handling minor medical emergencies and by the very nature of their job, know how to remain coolly capable amid chaos.

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the ways you can give back during the pandemic, the latest from Mexico, online dating and an epidemiologist tackles all aspects of the virus.

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A powerful Senate Democrat is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Zoom for deceptive practices, adding to the growing chorus of concerns over the popular video chat software's privacy and security flaws.

Several state attorneys general are also probing Zoom, after users, including government officials, reported harassment, known as "Zoombombing," on the platform.

Widespread cancellations of commercial flights are creating problems for meteorologists around the world. That's because weather forecasting models rely on temperature and wind data gathered by thousands of planes flying overhead.

The National Weather Service uses more than 250 million measurements from aircraft every year, which are fed into complex weather computer models. As of the end of March, meteorological data provided by U.S. aircraft had dropped by half.

The coronavirus pandemic is heightening interest in raising young chickens for a reliable supply of eggs, with hatcheries saying they're seeing a flood of new customers.

"We are swamped with orders," says Nancy Smith, owner of the Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Mo. "We can't answer all the phone calls, and we are booked out several weeks on most breeds."

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Jason Hargrove was behind the wheel of a bus in Detroit when he said a passenger began to cough. The middle-aged woman let loose four or five times without covering her mouth, he said, and watching her do this — at the same time Michigan was under a state of emergency for the coronavirus — got him so upset, he felt compelled to vent his frustrations in a video afterward.


Apr 3, 2020

Comedian couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman host Couples Therapy, a podcast where they invite comedians and performers to talk about their relationships. In this audio quiz, Naomi and Andy hear the blues a-callin' in this quiz on fictional television therapists.

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

The Ask Me Another Hotline

Apr 3, 2020

Listeners call in to tell us how their behavior has changed since social distancing began.

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

Debra Messing: Show Yourself Some Grace

Apr 3, 2020

Actor and activist Debra Messing was already a recognizable performer by the time Will & Grace premiered. She starred as Stacey Colbert in the Fox comedy Ned & Stacey for two seasons and had the lead role in the short-lived ABC drama, Prey.

Love Is A Four-Letter Word

Apr 3, 2020

Stay F. Homekins hosts Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins join Jonathan Coulton for a music parody where the word "love" in song titles is replaced with another four-letter word beginning with "L."

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

Stay F. Homekins hosts (and real-life married couple!) Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins go head-to-head in a guessing game where every answer is either a big cat, a famous witch or an Ikea wardrobe.

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

After journeying through worlds unknown to humankind, a bearded and weathered Fact Bag has returned with a brand new set of facts. Facts about interstellar crimes. Facts about Chicken McNugget shapes. Now, Fact Bag can rest. Thank you, Fact Bag. For everything. Featuring Stay F. Homekins hosts Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins.

Patently Obvious

Apr 3, 2020

Comedians Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman, hosts of the podcast Couples Therapy, name everyday items as described by the item's patent.

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

Comedian Dana Jay Bein never thought a little ditty that popped into his head after a cough and a throat tickle would catch on.

Bein, a native of western Massachusetts and longtime stand-up comedy instructor at ImprovBoston, says he was sitting on his sofa when he thought up the lyrics to what became "Coronavirus Rhapsody," a riff off the Queen hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Economist Mohamed El-Erian says “no one knows” how long the current economic crisis will last.

But one thing is for sure: Restarting the economy is a lot more than just “flicking on a switch,” says the chief economic advisor at Allianz and president-elect of Queens College.

Even then, the post-coronavirus economy will look very different. For one, businesses are going to start prioritizing resilience over efficiency.

The Affordable Care Act And COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020

Julie Rovner (@jrovner), chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, discusses the Affordable Care Act and the coronavirus crisis, whether the federal government will open the ACA marketplaces so that unemployed people who’ve lost their insurance are able to enroll more easily.

When the coronavirus forced schools to turn to online learning, most students grabbed their backpacks and headed home. But there are some students — who through no fault of their own — can’t go home.

Alysia Abbott is from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her son, 12-year-old Finn, is one of them. He attends the New England Center for Children, a school that serves children with autism.

Restaurants across the country are closed to customers who want to dine in. But many are eager for hungry customers to order takeout or delivery to support their businesses.

People are obliging: Food delivery has doubled since the coronavirus outbreak, according to data from Yelp.

Bill Withers, the sweet-voiced baritone behind such classic songs as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Use Me" has died. Withers was 81 years old. According to a family statement given to the Associated Press, he died Monday in Los Angeles due to heart complications.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, the millions of mostly women of color, mostly immigrant and often undocumented domestic workers in the U.S. had little job security. But now the current health crisis has this workforce reeling.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Teaching For Better Humans 2.0.

About Jacqueline Woodson's TED Talk

Novelist Jacqueline Woodson is a slow reader. Taking her time lets her savor each word, brings her closer to each story, and it lets her pay respect to her ancestors who weren't allowed to read.

About Jacqueline Woodson