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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Hard Questions, Real Answers: COVID-19 and the Economy


MPR News Host Kerri Miller returns with a call-in economic special on COVID-19. The special will occur over two days.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
COVID-19 has brought a deluge of troubling economic news even as many Americans have only a small "rainy day" fund to see them through. We'll host a national show with Marketplace Correspondent and Host Kimberly Adams and Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Kimberly is based in D.C. at the heart of the political decision making around COVID-19, and can discuss the resources at people’s disposal and the impacts on local economies. Alongside Kimberly, Michelle can tackle questions about how to pay your student loans, make your mortgage payments and manage your money in a time like this.

Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
As hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs and companies face an uncertain future, we'll focus on the big-picture: the economy. Our guests, Marketplace Correspondent and Host Sabri Ben-Achour and Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari, and will talk about what this downturn means for average American families, whether Congress is doing enough, and what the economy will look like on the other side.