Study Estimates Nearly 100,000 'Excess' American COVID-19 Deaths Due To Federal Response
A new study, published Monday in the Journal of American Medical Association, estimates that nearly 100,000 Americans who died from COVID-19 would be alive today if the United States enacted a more coordinated federal response in the early months of the pandemic. The study compared coronavirus deaths in the United States to those in 18 other high-income countries. The comparisons showed that, for example, the U.S. has had 90,000 more COVID-19 deaths than Italy since May 10 — a date by which both countries knew the risks of the disease and at which point they began taking different federal approaches to it.

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by one of the study’s authors, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama White House policy adviser, and vice provost of Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Second Day Of SCOTUS Hearings, Amy Coney Barrett Plays Coy On Commitments
The second day of confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s pick for Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett, brought many questions — and several key non-answers — on issues ranging from abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act to potential disputes over next month’s presidential election. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Katie Barlow, social media editor for SCOTUSblog.

Salem Still Casts A Spell Over Halloween Tourists, Despite Pandemic
The town of Salem, Mass., draws more than a million visitors every year, and in October alone, the city sees half a million visitors from around the world who come to celebrate the Halloween season. This year, the big Halloween parade and nearly a dozen annual events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. But as Liz Neisloss reports, not everyone was scared away.