Cyber Defense, Space Lettuce Deemed Safe, Health Insurance And COVID-19

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A bipartisan commission says the country’s cyber defenses are lagging. We talk with two lawmakers about their recommendations. We also look at how the health insurance industry is reacting to the spread of COVID-19. Plus, we find out how space grown lettuce was deemed safe to eat.

Featured in this Show

  • Bipartisan Commission Recommends New Strategies for US Cyber Defense

    A bipartisan commission of lawmakers and cybersecurity experts is out with 75 recommendations for what the United States should do to build up its cyber defenses. We talk with the commission’s co-chairs about their findings and whether they foresee them being put into practice.

  • Space Lettuce Deemed Safe For Consumption

    Recently published research has found that a variety of red romaine lettuce grown on the International Space Station is safe for consumption, opening the doors to more fresh food possibilities for astronauts. We talk with a Wisconsin researcher and astrobotanist about the significance of this finding.

  • The Health Insurance Industry's Approach To COVID-19

    President Trump says health insurance companies have agreed to waive some costs related to testing for the novel coronavirus, but there is some uncertainty about exactly what will be covered. We talk with an expert on the politics of health insurance about how the industry is reacting.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Representative Mike Gallagher Guest
  • Senator Angus King Guest
  • Richard Barker Guest
  • Philip Rocco Guest

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