The origins of the seven-day week, Going from pandemic to endemic

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In this May 21, 2021 file photo, a person holds a mask while walking outside. Matt Rourke/AP Photos

First, we speak with a historian from UC Berkeley about why our week is structured the way it is. Then, a health reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel delves into how we may adapt to live with COVID-19.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Christine Hatfield Producer
  • Steven Potter Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Lee Rayburn Interviewer
  • David Henkin Guest
  • Mark Johnson Guest

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