Testing The Theory The Coronavirus Is Manmade, Contact Tracing In Wisconsin, This Week In Washington

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A pharmacist shows a bottle of the drug hydroxychloroquine on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. President Donald Trump and his administration kept up their out-sized promotion Monday of a malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19. Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro championed hydroxychloroquine in television interviews a day after the president publicly put his faith in the medication to lessen the toll of the coronavirus pandemic. Ben Margot/AP Photo

We talk through the evidence related to a theory the coronavirus was created in a Wuhan, China lab. Then we learn about the strategy for contract tracing cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. And we discuss some of the week’s top Washington stories, including President Trump claiming he’s been taking a controversial anti-malaria drug as protection from the coronavirus.

Featured in this Show

  • A Look At The Theory COVID-19 Was Created In A Wuhan Lab

    After insisting that COVID-19 was created in a Wuhan, China lab, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the origins of the virus remain unknown. We look at the theory that the coronavirus was manmade, and why scientists are dubious about it.

  • Contact Tracing For COVID-19 Prevention, Detection

    Contact tracing is becoming increasingly important as Wisconsin starts to reopen, but what does the process actually look like? We talk to the associate editor of WisContext about his new reporting taking a closer look.

  • This Week In Washington – May 20, 2020

    President Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine to protect himself against coronavirus, despite the FDA recommending against using the drug as a preventative measure. We find out about his reasoning. We also look at the uptick in personal attacks in the presidential campaign.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Eliza Barclay Guest
  • Will Cushman Guest
  • Lauren Gambino Guest

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