Impact Of Political News On Kids, Contact Tracing, Boiling Brats

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Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it’s also been the subject of conspiracy theories. A public expert shares what contact tracers actually do. We also talk with a psychologist about the impact so much political news has on kids and teenagers. And to boil or not to boil your brat. That’s the question, and we have an answer.

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  • How Contact Tracing Works

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Kealey Bultena Producer
  • Benjamin Oosterhoff Guest
  • Dr. Crystal Watson Guest
  • Daniel Higgins Guest
  • Kealey Bultena Interviewer

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