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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti requested Thursday that all city residents wear makeshift masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The mayor says it’s an announcement he’s wanted to make for a few days, drawing inspiration from countries like Taiwan and the Czech Republic where a culture of mask-wearing has coincided with lower COVID-19 case numbers.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Patrick Payton, mayor of Midland, Texas, about how his town is dealing with the collapse of oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak.

As a former pastor, he’s worried unemployment and isolation could lead to more deaths than the coronavirus in his town.

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Some people are fleeing from big cities to find social distancing refuge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But officials in vacation hotspots like Hawaii and the Hamptons are warning them to stay away.

Emily Niehaus, the mayor of Moab, Utah, explains the reasons behind the city’s closure of all lodging and camping sites, and how it will financially impact them.

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Many immigrant communities in the U.S. are using social media to find out about the coronavirus pandemic. There are some challenges, including getting translations to accurate sources of information in a timely fashion. Advocacy groups are trying to figure out ways to help.

Terence Lester decided to place portable sinks throughout Atlanta, so the city’s homeless population could wash their hands.

The global coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on major sporting events. All England Club officials said on Wednesday that Wimbledon, the famous tennis tournament, will not be played this year, the first time it’s been canceled since World War II.

Host Robin Young speaks with Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami). He hosts the daily podcast The Gist.

A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British national for the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl 18 years ago.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh had been facing a death sentence. The Karachi court instead reduced his sentence to seven years, after hearing an appeal last month.

For more than two decades, trauma surgeon David Nott spent several weeks each year volunteering in some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, including Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Yemen and Sarajevo. Now he's in London, applying some of what he learned in war zones and disaster areas as he treats patients with COVID-19.

A train engineer told police in Los Angeles that he intentionally crashed his locomotive at high speed near the USNS Mercy hospital ship in what seems to be a bizarre attempt to expose a perceived conspiracy.

Eduardo Moreno said he doesn't believe "the ship is what they say it's for," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

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The number of new people claiming unemployment benefits totaled a staggering 6.648 million last week — doubling the record set a week earlier, the Labor Department said Thursday.

In the prior week, ending March 21, a revised 3.307 million initial claims were filed.

In just two weeks, nearly all of the jobs gained in the last five years have been lost.

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Fernanda Melchor's Hurricane Season is so strange, wild, and foul-mouthed that I almost missed the sharp critiques embedded in the story. A mix of drugs, sex, mythology, small-town desperation, poverty, and superstition, this novel spreads like a fungus from the dark center of the literary space where crime fiction and horror meet.

In her new graphic memoir That Can Be Arranged, cartoonist Huda Fahmy recounts how she met and married her husband. The subtitle is A Muslim Love Story — and Fahmy says it's exactly that.

"Muslims are not a monolith ... This is not The Muslim love story, it's A Muslim love story," she says.

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Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died. His music students included Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Harry Connick, Jr., and 4 of his sons.

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In this report, we incorrectly refer to Ellis Marsalis III as Ellis Marsalis Jr.

This new world of social distancing has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard — and some of the biggest names in that world are scrambling for solutions.

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In describing steps the military is taking to confront the coronavirus pandemic within its ranks, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that some are calling for the U.S. military to cease operations.

"There seems to be this narrative out there that we should just shut down the entire United States military and address the problem that way. That's not feasible," said Esper during the White House's coronavirus task force briefing.

President Trump was asked Wednesday why his administration hasn't reopened the exchanges to help bridge the insurance coverage gap for those who do not have private insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid.

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the economy, face masks, pregnancy during the pandemic and the U.S. Census.

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Mobile carrier T-Mobile announced today that it's officially completed a merger with Sprint. The deal, which was announced in 2018, means that the previously third and fourth largest wireless companies in the United States have now become the third — rivaling AT&T and Verizon. The new company, just called T-Mobile, is hoping to use its new pool of resources to expand its 5G capabilities, aiming to provide faster internet speeds to 99% of the population within the next six years.

If you're stocking up on fever reducers and cough medicine as the coronavirus spreads around the country, you may want to hang on to those receipts.

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Two years ago, science writer Ed Yong wrote an article for The Atlantic in which he warned that a new global pandemic was inevitable — and that the world would be unprepared for it when it arrived.