Special Coverage: Coronavirus And Primary Elections

Mar 14, 2020

As part of our continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, KOSU will offer multiple special coverage programs this week.

We're presenting facts over fear with an NPR special on what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a two-day call-in special, where listeners can ask medical and public health professionals their questions about the pandemic.

We'll also air live coverage of the St. Patrick's Day primaries, which includes Arizona, Florida, and Illinois. Ohio was scheduled to hold their primary on March 17, but has since postponed it. The night's coverage will include a live call-in show and live results and analysis from NPR.

Here are the details:

Sunday, March 15

2 p.m. – NPR Special Report: COVID-19 — What You Need To Know

Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report will feature some of NPR’s strongest reporting on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The focus is on what we have learned about the virus and its implications for individuals and the American public as a whole, rather than the latest infection numbers and news updates.

We’ll hear about the science of the virus itself and what is known about how it spreads. Then, we’ll turn to institutional action and how schools, workplaces, and the health care industry are responding. Finally, we’ll hear more about how people can prepare for the virus themselves, with a focus on personal safety measures and household readiness.

Tuesday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day primaries will take place throughout the country in four states: Arizona, Florida and Illinois. Ohio was scheduled to hold their primary on March 17, but has since postponed it. The Northern Mariana Islands also hold a Republican Caucus on the same day.

6 p.m. – America, Are We Ready?

Special coverage starts on KOSU at 6 p.m., with America, Are We Ready?. As we're halfway through this primary season, join Brian Lehrer of WNYC for a national call-in special on the campaigns and the state of our country, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Call in with your questions and thoughts:

844-745-8255 or 844-745-TALK

Marketplace and The Daily will be preempted on Tuesday night.

7 p.m. - NPR special election coverage

At 7 p.m., special election coverage begins from NPR and is expected to run until at least 9 p.m. NPR’s Susan Davis and Scott Simon will host, with members of the NPR Politics team, newsmakers and other guests joining the broadcast for live results, discussion and analysis.

The Spy will be preempted on KOSU on Tuesday night until special coverage is over, but can always be heard at thespyfm.com.

Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19

Minnesota Public Radio News host Kerri Miller hosts the live call-in special, COVID-19: Hard Questions, Real Answers. The two-day special invites audiences across the nation to call in and ask medical and public health professionals their hard questions.

Each of the call-in shows will shine a spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis:

Wednesday, March 18 at 1 p.m.: Kerri is joined by guests from the Mayo Clinic to talk about the science of treating COVID-19 — the challenges medical professionals are facing, what they know about the spread, and their plans for stopping it.

Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m.: MPR will partner with WABE in Atlanta, GA (home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for the second hour of the special, centered around public health.

Call in with your questions and thoughts:


The Takeaway will be preempted both Wednesday and Thursday.