The U.S. health department made a wish list of more than 30 celebrities including Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and Billy Joel to appear in their ad campaign to "inspire hope" about coronavirus, but they ended up with only Dennis Quaid, CeCe Winans and Hasidic singer Shulem Lemmer. Host Dan Diamond talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about HHS' latest PR blunder. But first, yep, Dan did call Garth Brooks' home phone for this story.
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