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It has been less than a week since, along with 60 million Italians, I was put under a government-ordered quarantine to try to curb the spread of Italy's coronavirus outbreak, the worst outside Asia. The new slogan is #iostoacasa — I'm staying home.

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.

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2020 presidential election, KOSU will offer special coverage of the South Carolina primary this Saturday, February 29 and the Super Tuesday primaries, which includes Oklahoma, on Tuesday, March 3.

Here are the details:

Saturday, February 29

5 p.m. – America, Are We Ready? South Carolina Edition

Late last year, many listeners and readers rightly objected when NPR released statistics tracking the diversity of its on-air sources and didn't include a category for Native or Indigenous sources, because the numbers were so low.

Tonight at 6 p.m., KOSU presents “America, Are We Ready? The New Hampshire Primary,” a special live national call-in program hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and New Hamphire Public Radio's Laura Knoy.

As everyone awaits the night’s results for the New Hampshire Primary, Brian and Laura will talk with callers from around the country about this night and the process for electing our presidents.

This program will preempt Marketplace and The Daily for the day.

This is National News Literacy Week. In that spirit, here are some thoughts on the journalistic ethics surrounding the interview that NPR's Mary Louise Kelly conducted last week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the aftermath, prompted by questions to my office.

Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET

NPR is asking the State Department to explain its decision to deny an NPR reporter press credentials to travel with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on an upcoming trip to Europe, NPR President and CEO John Lansing announced Tuesday.

"We have sought clarification from the State Department regarding Michele Kelemen being dropped" from the trip, Lansing wrote in an email to employees. He added, "We have also asked what it means for future trips."

One day after a contentious interview that was followed by an expletive-filled verbal lashing of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is publicly accusing her of lying to him — "twice."

In a statement released by the State Department on Saturday, Pompeo says Kelly first lied "in setting up our interview."

The ninth episode of Star Wars blasts into theaters this weekend, more than 40 years since the release of George Lucas' original hit movie. Back then, NPR got in on Star Wars saga action, creating a radio drama of that original episode.

Morning Edition turns 40 on Tuesday. Over the years, NPR's morning newsmagazine program has covered seven presidents, two Persian Gulf wars, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and nine Star Wars movies.

But the show was almost canceled before it even started — and there were obstacles to just keeping it on the air.

"They did this pilot with the original staff, and it was awful," said Bob Edwards, who hosted Morning Edition from 1979 to 2004.