Top Stories From Washington, Remembering A UW Scientist Whose Discovery Gave Us PCR Tests

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A leadership battle is brewing in the GOP, and President Biden says he wants to vaccinate 70 percent of adult Americans in the next two months. We break down these, and other top stories in national politics. Then, we remember the life of a UW scientist whose discovery made way for the gold standard in coronavirus testing: the PCR test.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lisa Mascaro Guest
  • Jo Handelsman Guest
  • Hudson Freeze Guest