New Disinformation Tactics, The Case For Trust In Government To Beat The Pandemic, Distancing Etiquette

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Thu Huynx and Trang Ngyen walk along a park trail while wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Thu Huynx, left, and Trang Ngyen walk along a park trail while wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Monday, April 27, 2020, in Houston. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s mask order requiring residents to cover their faces in public at all times except when eating, drinking or exercising, went into effect Monday. David J. Phillip/AP Photo

A disinformation expert joins us to talk about a Chinese campaign to sew coronavirus fear in the U.S. via text messages. And we talk to a political scientist about the importance of people being able to trust government for getting through a pandemic. And an etiquette expert tackles questions of behavior around other people during social distancing guidelines.

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    Disinformation about a fake nationwide lockdown was shared widely in March, and officials now say Chinese actors helped to spread it. We talk to a disinformation expert about the story, and the emerging tactic of sending disinformation directly to Americans’ cell phones as text messages.

  • The Role Of Trust In The Fight Against Coronavirus

    Many countries are responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but with varying levels of success. Our guest compares the responses by various nations, and how trust in government, and in fellow citizens, can impact the results.

  • Good Etiquette During Coronavirus

    When someone around you isn’t social distancing, should you say something or let it go? We ask an etiquette expert about all of your questions around some uncomfortable moments the pandemic has presented.

Episode Credits

  • Kealey Bultena Host
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Kristine Lee Guest
  • Mark Schrad Guest
  • Elaine Swann Guest

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