Children’s Book On The Universe, Being A Virtual Sports Fan, What To Know About Masks

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Shoppers walk by storefronts while wearing masks to protect against coronavirus, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Bath, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo

A wide variety of masks have become available to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they’re not all alike. We talk with a textile chemist and a doctor about what to know. We also hear what it’s like to be a virtual fan at an NBA game. Plus, a children’s book helping kids explore the universe.

Featured in this Show

  • A Children’s Book About Our Connection With The Universe Offers Lessons For Adults, Too

    A new children’s book is teaching kids and adults about our intricate relationship with the universe. Our guest is an astrophysicist, author, and professor. He explains why it’s important that people know our bodies are made of the same materials that compose the Earth and everything else.

  • What It's Like To Be A Virtual Face In The NBA Crowd

    Sports fandom is going digital during the COVID-19 pandemic. At NBA games, faces in the crowd are actually live feeds from fans’ homes. We talk with a technology reporter who got to attend a recent game about how the experience worked and how it compared to being with a crowd in person.

  • Masks 101: How To Choose And Care For Them

    There are many types and styles of masks available, and it can hard to know which to choose, and how to care for them. A textile chemist working on mask materials and an epidemiologist share their expertise.

Episode Credits

  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Kealey Bultena Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Kealey Bultena Interviewer
  • Ray Jayawardhana Guest
  • Kate Knibbs Guest
  • Amanda Simanek Guest
  • Majid Sarmadi Guest

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