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Jul 13, 2020
Our Deadliest Pandemic Mistake
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Over 40 percent of all coronavirus deaths in America have been linked to nursing homes. How did it happen, and how bad could it get? Staff writer Olga Khazan joins to explain.

Read her piece on nursing homes here, and Jim's piece on herd immunity here.

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MPR News with Kerri Miller
MPR News with Kerri Miller
Minnesota Public Radio
Minn.’s top public health officials answer your questions about the initial vaccine rollout
A pool of COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be added to the state’s vaccination portal Tuesday at noon. The web and telephone queues opened up last week to a widening pool of candidates. Minnesotans ages 65 and over, child care providers and teachers are now eligible to get vaccinated alongside frontline health care workers and people who live or work at long-term care facilities. Even though eligibility is growing, the number of doses available remains limited. * Minnesota's expanded COVID vaccination rollout Here's what you need to know * First day of pilot program Thousands of vaccine slots for older Minnesotans fill quickly, demand swamps phone lines, website The slow rollout is a source of contention among Minnesota lawmakers, but state officials point to bottlenecks within the federal government which doles out vaccines to each state. Right now, Minnesota’s share is about 60,000 doses per week. Minnesota's top public health officials spoke with MPR News host Kerri Miller about the state’s initial vaccine rollout and when Minnesotans can expect vaccination rates to ramp up. Guests: * Jan Malcolm is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. * Kris Ehresmann is the director of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS
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The Munk Debates Podcast
The Munk Debates Podcast
Antica Productions and iHeartRadio
Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 3
This is a sample of the Munk Members-Only Podcast. To access the full length episode consider becoming a Munk Member. Membership is free. Simply log on to to register. Under your membership profile page you will find a link to listen to the full length editions of Munk Members Podcast. The Munk Members Podcast provides a focused, half-hour masterclass on current events with Janice Gross Stein, the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and bestselling author. Rudyard Griffiths, Chair of the Munk Debates, is the podcast moderator. Janice and Rudyard unpack the big issues in the news and drill down into the people, events and trends that are shaping our lives in this extraordinary moment. The full length episode digs into three big stories in the news this week — President Biden’s Inauguration address; will his calls for national unity have any effect on America’s polarized political institutions and discourse? — Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline cancellation; what are the implications for Canada’s energy dependent economy? Is a new national unity crisis in the making? — Canada’s Governor General resigns; are governments appointing people for their own communications proposes as opposed what important institutions actually need in terms of executive leadership? We debate. If you like what the Munk Debates is all about consider becoming a Supporting Member. For as little as $9.99 monthly you receive unlimited access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, monthly newsletter, ticketing privileges at our live events and a charitable tax receipt (for Canadian residents). To explore you Munk Membership options visit This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue. More information at
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