Immigrant asylum policy, COVID-19 origins

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Nicaraguan migrants walk near the US-Mexico border, in Algodones, Baja California, Mexico.
Nicaraguan migrants Emanuel Mendoza, Edgar Sequeira, Benjamin Villalta, Aura Berrios and Juana Orozco, walk near the US-Mexico border, in Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. The group walked to the US border, turned themselves in to the border patrol and asked for asylum. Felix Marquez/AP Photo

We learn more about how President Biden’s proposed immigration policy changes would affect asylum seekers from South and Central America. Then, a journalist and a pathologist bring us up to date on what we know about where COVID-19 came from.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Producer
  • Dara Lind Guest
  • Daniel Engber Guest
  • David O'Connor Guest