Special Programming: Coronavirus Pandemic | New Hampshire Public Radio

Special Programming: Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, NHPR will bring listeners some special news and children's programming, affecting our broadcast schedule for Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. 

Friday, March 27 – 9 to 10 a.m. (in the time slot usually occupied by The Weekly N.H. News Roundup. The Roundup will instead air from 10 to 11 a.m live, followed by one hour of 1A from 11 a.m. to noon) 

America Amplified – Coronavirus Special

America Amplified is a national audience engagement effort funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the New England News Collaborative (NENC). NHPR is a member of NENC – a partnership of 10 public media companies in six states. Together, member stations are working on a series of one-hour, call-in specials on the coronavirus pandemic in our region. Topics will explore the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on communities throughout New England, including the effects on our schools, small businesses, and most vulnerable citizens.

The first special will be broadcast from Connecticut Public Radio, with plans for the next special – on Friday, April 3 – to originate from New Hampshire Public Radio.

Friday’s broadcast will touch on school closures throughout the region. What are the educational and social impacts of having students learning from home? How are students with special needs faring in this new world, and how might that widen inequities that already exist in our educational system? Join Lucy Nalpathanchil of Connecticut Public Radio for this America Amplified Call-in Special from the New England News Collaborative.  

Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m. (replacing the TED Radio Hour)

But Why? – Special on Coronavirus

But Why? is a podcast for curious kids from Vermont Public Radio. In this hour-long special, But Why? answers questions about coronavirus with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics. Chemistry professor Palli Thordarson, from the University of South Wales, explains the science of why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs. The second half provides a lesson in how to bake bread with one of the baker/teachers from King Arthur Flour in the Upper Valley; you can follow along with the recipe here.

Saturday, March 28, 10 p.m. – Best of Public Radio

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 from WHYY's The Pulse

The Pulse, from public media partner WHYY in Philadelphia, is a weekly health and science show, exploring stories about the people and places at the heart of health and science.

For this special episode, host Maiken Scott will oversee an hour looking at different measures to stop the virus, and how those measures – from closing businesses, to canceling gatherings, to limiting social interactions – are impacting people. Reporting will look at the impact of medical quarantine; how more aggressive testing could slow the spread; and why some ER doctors think they’re not doing enough to keep the virus in check – plus an update on COVID-19 vaccine research.