Calming Music Suggestions, The Problem With Being Optimistic During A Pandemic, Why COVID-19 May Hit Rural Areas Hard

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A WPR music host talks about some of her department’s suggestions for music to listen to during uncertain times. Then a psychologist explains one connection between people’s optimism and their disobeying social distancing restrictions. And we look at why rural areas could be hit hard by COVID-19.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lori Skelton Guest
  • John Eich Guest
  • Marie Helweg-Larsen Guest

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