What we know and don’t know about the President’s COVID illness; Plus: Voices from the fire zone in Sonoma and Napa counties

Trump at a WH coronavirus briefing, March 2020 (Photo: Flikr)

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch

Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA. We discuss Trump’s COVID diagnosis, how it could effect the election, the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, 

0:30 – COVID science update

John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – Calfire update on Glass Fire

Lynn Tolmachoff is a Public Information Officer with Calfire (@CALFIRE_PIO). 

1:12 – Stories from the fire zone

Now on to the stories of some people who’ve had to flee the massive Glass Fire in Sonoma and Napa counties. Because of COVID, most evacuees are avoiding emergency shelters — instead, they’re staying with friends, or relatives, or in hotels, or in parking lots. Our producer Corinne Smith (@Cocoluces) went to interview to some of the people who are at the shelters, and filed this report.

1:18 – Why wildfires destroy some buildings and not others

Jack Cohen is a retired US Forest Service Research fire scientist. He just wrote an article for Wildfiretoday.com called Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem. 

1:34 – Who the Fed’s relief measures have benefitted, and who they could

Jesse Eisinger (@eisingerj) is a senior reporter and editor with ProPublica, and covering the Federal Reserve and how the US government is responding – or not – to the pandemic recession. 

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