Researcher From Widely-Cited COVID-19 Model Says Stay-At-Home Mandate Would Save Lives
The outlook for the potential number of coronavirus deaths became more dire Wednesday as a highly-cited prediction model revised its numbers, forecasting that nearly 94,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 by August 4. Just yesterday, the model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington was predicting 10,000 fewer deaths by that date. The model also anticipated a continued shortage of hospital beds in the United States in future weeks. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by one of the researchers behind the numbers, Dr. Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

As The U.S. Confronts A Shortage of Face Masks, Volunteers Start Sewing Them
Recent reports have made clear the need for more personal protective equipment, or PPE, for doctors and nurses on the front line of the coronavirus fight — as well as the fact that there will soon be a shortage of such supplies in the federal stockpile. As a result, individuals and organizations around the country have been sewing handmade face masks, with the aim to donate them to local hospitals. But how effective are they, really? Stephanie Leydon reports.

Tufts Politics Professor: A 'Competent President' Would Have Handled Coronavirus Crisis 'An Order Of Magnitude Better' Than Trump
A recent CBS News/YouGov poll found that 86 percent of Democrats said they do not trust President Trump for accurate information on coronavirus, while 87 percent of Republicans said they don't trust the national media. A similar number of Republicans do trust Trump. On the other hand, there was rare bipartisan unanimity on a two-trillion dollar stimulus package. So which direction is the nation headed, political, in the time of coronavirus? To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by by Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a senior fellow at the Brookings institution, and a regular contributor to the Washington Post.

Boston Musician Will Dailey Performs From The Shower To Raise Funds For Venues Closed Over COVID-19
With bars and music venues closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many local performing artists — and the venues that host them — are out of work on short notice. Boston-based singer-songwriter Will Dailey is raising money through his online ‘Isolation Tour,’ broadcast from different parts of his home, to help support the staff at all the places around town where he normally plays. He joined Jim Braude to talk about the effort, which has raised more than $13,000 so far.