The World and Everything in It — March 9, 2020

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Good morning!

The Supreme Court considers whether abortionists who object to certain safety precautions can sue on behalf of women who seek abortion.

RIKELMAN: This case is about respect for the court’s precedent. Just four years ago, the court held in Whole Woman’s Health that the Texas admitting privileges law imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

NICK EICHER, HOST: That’s ahead on Legal Docket. 

Also the Monday Moneybeat: another white-knuckle ride on the stock market, as investors try to figure out where the bottom is.

Plus the WORLD History Book. Today a battle over access to Major League Baseball locker rooms.

And Trillia Newbell on faith in times of trouble.

REICHARD: It’s Monday, March 9th. This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.

EICHER: And I’m Nick Eicher. Good morning!

REICHARD: Now here’s Kent Covington with the news.

KENT COVINGTON, NEWS ANCHOR: Cruise ship hit by coronavirus to dock in Oakland » A cruise ship stranded off the coast of California because of the coronavirus is expected to dock in Oakland today. Though the captain told passengers they may have to stay on board for at least another day.

The Grand Princess is carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 countries—including Carrie Kolstoe. She told Fox News she has cancer and needs to get back to shore. 

KOLSTOE: I need to get back for treatment. We had a little gap to go for a cruise that got planned years ago, and the doctor said I could. Obviously in hindsight it didn’t work out so well, but we thought we were safe. 

The captain said the disembarkment process will take several days.

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said passengers who need medical treatment will go to health care facilities in California. Those who don’t require acute medical care will go to federal facilities for testing.  

The office said the crew would be quarantined and treated on the ship. 

Coronavirus continues to spread in U.S. » And the coronavirus continues to spread within the United States, as officials confirmed the first case in Washington, D.C. On the other side of the country, Oregon Governor Kate Brown made a Sunday announcement: 

BROWN: Nine days ago, I announced that we had Oregon’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus. Late yesterday evening, we learned of seven new cases in Oregon, bringing the total number of cases in our state to 14. 

Brown has declared a state of emergency to free up resources to fight the virus. 

The coronavirus now has a foothold in at least 30 states, and at least 19 people in the United States have died from the virus. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci with the National Institutes for Health said Sunday…

FAUCI: If we continue to see cases like this, particularly at the community level, there will be what we call mitigation, where you’ll have to do, essentially, social distancing; keep people out of crowded places, take a look at seriousness, do you really need to travel? 

Italy locks down roughly 16 million to curb virus spread » Meantime, in Italy, government officials took a page from China’s playbook on Sunday, locking down around 16 million people—more than a quarter of its population—for nearly a month. It is a drastic effort to halt the march of the virus across Europe.

Confusion reigned as residents and tourists tried to figure out when and how the new measures were coming into effect. Travelers crammed aboard standing-room only trains, tucking their faces into scarves and sharing sanitizing gel.

After Italy saw its biggest one-day jump in infections, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte signed a quarantine decree overnight for the country’s north. Areas under lockdown include Milan, Italy’s financial hub and the main city in Lombardy, and Venice. The extraordinary measures will be in place until April 3.

The fate of foreign visitors stuck in Italy’s new quarantine zones is still unclear.

Biden, Sanders take new endorsements to campaign trail » Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are hitting a reshaped presidential campaign trail this week. The Super Tuesday results effectively turned the fight for the Democratic nomination into a two-man race. And former candidates for that nomination are now campaigning for others. 

California Senator Kamala Harris is the latest to throw her support behind former Vice President Joe Biden. 

HARRIS: I believe in Joe. I really believe in him, and I have known him for a long time. One of the things that we need right now is we need a leader who really does care about the people and who can therefore unify the people. And I believe Joe can do that.

Most former candidates have lined up behind Biden, but Sanders did pick up one of those endorsements yesterday—just not from this year’s field. Democratic civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who twice ran for president in the 1980s, stumped for Sanders in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sunday. 

JACKSON: I stand with Bernie Sanders today because he stood with me. [SIC] He’s never lost his taste for justice of the people. 

Biden has secured 664 delegates thus far, 91 more than Sanders. Voters in six more states will head to the polls tomorrow. 

Nashville church worships amid rubble after deadly tornado » A Nashville church worshiped Sunday in the rubble from last week’s deadly tornado. 79-year-old Bobbie Harris lost her rental home, her job, and her church when a twister struck her community in North Nashville. 

But on Sunday she said—quote—“Through it all, God is good.”

Harris joined other members of Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday to worship just outside the ruins of the church. The roofs of their two church buildings are gone, ripped away by strong winds early Tuesday.

The church pitched a tent in the parking lot and the congregants gathered to sing, pray and hold hands in what the church called “worship in the rubble.” 

Pastor Jacques Boyd led the congregation in prayer on the sunny, windy morning. He said “We must trust in the Savior who does not deliver us from storms, but through storms,” he told the clapping congregation.

At least six tornadoes hit Tennessee during last week’s storms that killed 24 people and caused massive damage in parts of Middle Tennessee.

I’m Kent Covington. Straight ahead on Legal Docket: The Supreme Court hears the biggest abortion case of the term.

Plus, Trillia Newbell on choosing faith over fear.

This is The World and Everything in It.

NICK EICHER: It’s Monday morning and a brand new work week for The World and Everything in It. Today is the 9th of March, 2020. Good morning to you, I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD: And I’m Mary Reichard—feeling better than I sound. Had a bout with the flu, and if it had to happen, I’m glad it happened now, because…

EICHER: Right! Because 10 days from now is The World and Everything in It Live in Greenville, South Carolina! And then two days later in Atlanta, Georgia. So, the 19th and the 21st.

REICHARD: So looking forward to this! What happens is we put together parts of the podcast live in front of the audience. We’ll talk about why the kind of journalism we do matters.

You’ll hear about the man whose name is basically synonymous with freedom of the press. The kind of thing that makes you wonder why you didn’t learn about it in school!

EICHER: That’s right. It’s also a chance for us to meet you, lots of opportunities to get to know you in person. There’ll be time for Q and A. An all-around great time. So if you are in the Greenville, South Carolina, area on March 19th or in Atlanta, Georgia, March 21st, please come! 

You can sign up at And bring friends! 

The event is free, but you do need to sign up. And I should say it’s free because our friends at Samaritan Ministries have sponsored our live series for this year.

REICHARD: Now on to Legal Docket. 

Last Wednesday, crowds outside the Supreme Court faced off over abortion. They held signs that said “protect women, protect life” on one side and on the other, “thank God for abortion.”

And then there was the Democratic leader of the Senate: Chuck Schumer of New York, with words he’d later say he shouldn’t have used.

SCHUMER: I wanna tell you, Gorsuch!  I wanna tell you, Kavanaugh! You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.

EICHER: Schumer denied what he said there was a threat. But even the left-of-center American Bar Association wasn’t buying it. ABA president Judy Perry Martinez said she was deeply troubled by Schumer, her words, “threatening two sitting justices of the U.S. Supreme Court …”. She went on: “Whatever one thinks about the merits of an issue before a court, there is no place for threats—whether real or allegorical.”

REICHARD: What’s odd about the hysterics by Schumer and abortion activists at that rally is that the legal question before the justices last week wasn’t whether to overturn Roe v Wade. That’s the 1973 opinion that made abortion legal in all 50 states.

Rather, it’s a narrow question: Who has standing to challenge a state’s abortion regulations? “Standing,” meaning, does the person who wants to bring the lawsuit have sufficient connection to the challenged law to justify participating in the case?

That’s it.

EICHER: Here’s some background. 

When the atrocities of abortionist Kermit Gosnell came to light, many states looked for ways to curb those kinds of abuses.

In 2014, for example, Louisiana passed the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. The state law requires an abortionist to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the place where the abortion begins or ends. That’s consistent with state requirements on all other outpatient surgical centers in Louisiana.

REICHARD: But there’s a hitch. 

Texas had a similar law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016, with a five-justice majority and Justice Anthony Kennedy the tiebreaker. This case is known as Whole Woman’s Health. The high court ruled the Texas law erected an “undue burden” on a woman’s abortion right, by requiring abortionists to possess admitting privileges to rush patients to hospitals nearby. 

In the Louisiana case, the lawyer from The Center for Reproductive Rights right off the bat cited the Texas decision. Here’s Julie Rikelman for the interests of the abortion industry.

RIKELMAN: This case is about respect for the court’s precedent. Just four years ago, the court held in Whole Woman’s Health that the Texas admitting privileges law imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

Rikelman would go on to argue that the Supreme Court struck down the Texas law because the majority considered the rules medically unneeded and unduly burdensome to the abortion right. So, she argued, the same reasoning should apply to the Louisiana law.

What’s more, Rikelman said, her clients have clear standing to sue, because the law directly affects the abortionists.

Justice Samuel Alito sounded incredulous. Isn’t an obvious conflict of interest involved here? After all, abortionists get paid to abort.

ALITO: Really? That’s amazing. You think that if the plaintiff actually has interests that are directly contrary to those individuals on whose behalf the plaintiff is claiming to sue, nevertheless that plaintiff can have standing?

RIKELMAN: If the plaintiff is directly regulated by the law. This court has allowed an attorney to bring third-party claims against a statute that capped attorneys’ fees in  favor of clients. 

ALITO: Well, that’s amazing. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent a lifeline to help Rikelman make the standing-to-sue claim. What about an Oklahoma law that restricted sales of beer by sex and age of the buyer? Men had to wait longer than women to buy beer.

RIKELMAN: That’s correct, your honor, and the court allowed the saloon keeper to bring the third-party standing claim.

But still, Rikelman argued the justices need not get to that question. The state already waived its claim that the abortionists have no standing.

But Justice Alito wasn’t going along with that assertion.

ALITO: Well, I think that’s highly debatable that they waived it. They certainly didn’t raise it in the district court, but whether they affirmatively waived it is quite debatable.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh tried to get at a larger principle.

KAVANAUGH: Are you saying that admitting privileges laws are always unconstitutional, such that we don’t have to look at the facts state by state? Or are you saying that actually you do look at the facts state by state, and in some states, admitting privileges laws could be constitutional, if they impose no burdens?

RIKELMAN: Your honor, the burdens may vary, but a law that has no benefit and serves no valid state interest, which is what this court held in Whole Woman’s Health, is much more likely to be an undue burden.

Arguing for the other side, to uphold Louisiana’s regulations was the state’s solicitor general, Elizabeth Murrill. 

She encountered an aggressive Justice Ginsburg.

GINSBURG: What sense does the 30-mile limit make considering that certainly for medical abortions and for the overwhelming number of other abortions? If a woman has a problem, it will be her local hospital she will need to go to for the care. Not something 30 miles from the clinic which has no relationship to where she lives.

MURRILL: Justice Ginsburg, that regulation is consistent with the regulation that we have in our office surgery regulations and our ambulatory surgery regulations, so it is consistent with our regulatory structure. We also had evidence in the record of women who did require transfers.

“Ambulatory surgery,” meaning outpatient surgery centers, those that patients, when things go right, can walk into and out of. 

Court documents explained that in an obstetric emergency, though, a woman can bleed to death in less than 10 minutes. 

Murrill reminded the justices of the need for continuity of care and consistency within regulations governing ambulatory surgery. Why should abortion procedures be the exception, she wondered? 

But Justice Elena Kagan jumped in to say hospitals consider many factors when deciding whether to grant admissions privileges to doctors: The number of patients a doctor has, for example, because hospitals only make money from admissions. 

Another factor is whether a hospital needs more providers. And, Justice Kagan added, a general view that maybe they don’t want abortionists around. 

And that’s the problem.

KAGAN: So given that that’s all true, it was true in Texas and it’s true here, it seems that Whole Woman’s Health precludes you from making this credentialing argument, doesn’t it? 

MURRILL: No, I don’t think that it does at all. I mean, in our case it was  demonstrably different. They could and did get privileges. So all of the conjecture and the speculation about the reasons why they might be denied privileges were proved to be untrue.

Justice Kagan then jumped in to note that one Louisiana clinic served 70,000 women over 23 years, and yet transferred only four patients to a hospital.

Murrill was ready.

MURRILL: And there’s evidence in the record that they really don’t know that that’s an accurate rate because they don’t track their complications. They really don’t know what their numbers are.

KAGAN: Well, they know whether they have transferred women to a hospital? And it’s four. I mean, I don’t know of a medical procedure where it’s lower than that of any kind.

MURRILL: Four that they know of. They don’t track the numbers.

Also arguing in support of Louisiana’s admitting privileges law was the federal government, represented by Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall. 

Even if the numbers are low, Wall argued, that’s not the deciding factor:

WALL: I don’t think anybody knows the real rate. But the point is that it does happen. And when it does, it’s very serious.

The trick here has to do with Chief Justice John Roberts. He dissented in that 2016 Whole Woman’s Health case. Yet he might also be reluctant to overturn Supreme Court precedent that is only a few years old.

Ideological division is obvious in this case. So even though the legal question is quite narrow, the overall implications are not. 

I’ll note, too, that nobody brought up the perspective or standing of the individual in all this, the one who cannot speak yet but who also has the most to lose, her life.

And that’s this week’s Legal Docket.

MARY REICHARD: Coming up next on The World and Everything in It: The Monday Moneybeat.

NICK EICHER: Here’s a 10-word summary of the week on Wall Street: Two steps forward, one step back, two forward, two back. 

In several more words: The major stock indexes ended the week just a little bit better than they began. But at least it wasn’t worse. And after the previous week of jaw-dropping and record-setting declines, that can only be counted enormously positive.

The two good days were Monday, we’ll call that snapback day, and Wednesday, the day after a more business-friendly Democrat prospered on Super Tuesday, Joe Biden.

Thursday and Friday were downers, and technically we remain in a market correction. That’s defined as the major indexes falling 10 percent from their most recent high point. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 all still 12 to 12-1/2 percent below the February high.

Here’s just one more troubling economic marker and a sign of the coronavirus times: With investors selling off uncertain stocks in favor of more stable Treasury notes, the yield on a 10-year Treasury hit a record low level: at one point on Friday, they were yielding a return of just two-thirds of one percent. What that means is the yield has fallen 50 percent in just two weeks.

REICHARD: Industry sectors that cater to almost any activity where people have to gather have lost billions in value: movie theaters, business conference organizers, hotels, airlines, and amusement parks. The big German airline Lufthansa says it will cut up to half of its flights in the next few weeks. Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean have both lost more than 50 percent of their stock value since the start of the year. The cruise line that owns the ship currently stuck off the coast of California, Carnival Cruise Lines, has seen its stock drop 47 percent.

Shares of movie theater chains like AMC, Cinemark, and IMAX have slumped by about a third in the last three months. Executives pushed the release date of the newest James Bond film from April back to November, hoping that by then the outbreak’s under control.

EICHER: OK, everything we’ve reported so far is about legitimate market concerns. But at the end of the day, it’s as we said last week, pure panic selling. We’ll end with some hard data, pretty positive about the underlying economy.

The job market remains strong. Employers in February added more than 270,000 jobs and that dropped the headline unemployment rate back to 3.5 percent from 3.6 in January. Wage growth continues about 3 percent year-on-year. 

And the government also upgraded its estimate of job growth in December and January, and so now we can say that over the past three months, employers have added an average 240,000-plus new jobs. That’s the best quarterly pace in three-and-a-half years.

REICHARD: Even though that’s a glance in the rearview mirror, there is a more timely gauge of labor-market health, and that’s the government’s weekly report on applications for unemployment benefits. That number, too, is reassuring. The most recent data shows a drop in workers filing for unemployment, and the current level is about the same as the average over the past month, still historically very low, and a good sign.

EICHER: Remember I mentioned the low yield on 10-year Treasury notes: those levels tend to rise and fall in tandem with long-term home loans, and that’s good news on the housing front, because as Treasury yields fall, so do mortgage interest rates. The average rate on a 30-year fixed dropped below 3.3 percent. 

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac has been keeping track and publishing these rates since 1971, and the current 3.29 percent is the lowest rate recorded. So no surprise, home loan applications last week were more than 10 percent higher year-on-year, and refinance applications doubled.

And that’s this week’s Monday Moneybeat.

NICK EICHER: We know the capital city of New Mexico by the diminutive Santa Fe.

Of course, the name is Spanish for “Holy Faith,” and how that’s not been held unconstitutional by some court is beyond me.

What you may not know is the original full name. It’s not just holy faith. It’s the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi, and I won’t attempt the Spanish pronunciation. 

The city fathers probably shouldn’t have, either, because they misspelled it in the city seal. The Spanish version of Assisi has an accent over the “i,” but in the city seal, one of the s’s received the accent, and if you know Spanish, you know that’s wrong. 

A Spanish surnamed reporter for the local newspaper noticed it and let the mayor know. To his great credit, he was embarrassed by the error and said he’d get the city design team on it right away.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

NICK EICHER: Today is Monday, March 9th. Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day. Good morning. I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD: And I’m Mary Reichard. Next up on The World and Everything in It: the WORLD History Book.

Seventeen years ago, much like today, daily updates on a virus outbreak centered in China. Plus, 40 years ago, a policy change for Major League Baseball regarding reporters in the locker room.

EICHER: But first, 95 years ago this week, Tennessee made it illegal to teach human evolution. Here’s Paul Butler.

PAUL BUTLER, REPORTER: We begin today with March 13th, 1925. Tennessee House Bill number 185 becomes law. The legislation is by state Representative John Washington Butler. It reads:

AN ACT prohibiting the teaching of the Evolution Theory in all the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of Tennessee, which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, and to provide penalties for the violations thereof.

The Butler Act prohibits any teacher—or teachers college—from denying “the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible” as well as any theory that teaches man is descended from lower orders of animals. It goes on to set the fine for each offense as “not less than $100 nor more than $500.” Nearly twenty other states pass similar bills.

Not long after the Tennessee governor signs the act, the ACLU finds John Scopes, a substitute teacher and coach willing to challenge the law. Within months, the Scopes monkey trial is in full swing in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial ends with a guilty verdict and the Butler Act remains in place for 42 years in Tennessee before eventually being overturned in 1967.


Next, we move to the 1970s, and a battle over female reporters in Major League baseball locker rooms.

KUHN: It’s our view that it’s not a fair thing for our players. This is an area where they’re dressing and an area where we think they are entitled to some reasonable privacy. We don’t think it’s really fair to the rest of the press and we also don’t think it’s fair to many of our fans who would have great reservations about this. 

That’s baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn speaking with ABC’s Howard Cosell. A year earlier, Melissa Ludtke—a reporter with Sports Illustrated magazine—sued Major League baseball after the New York Yankees denied her access to the clubhouse during the 1977 World Series. 

At the time, both the NBA, and the NHL allowed women in the locker rooms to interview players and coaches after games. Baseball commissioner Kuhn was a devout Roman Catholic, and resisted following suit. 

A handful of players lobbied for Ludtke, including Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John—even though he wasn’t thrilled about it. 

JOHN: I think that she has a right to gain her story, and get her story, as a full fledged reporter for S.I. (Sports Illustrated). But I myself as Tommy John would feel a little uncomfortable or embarrassed about having her or having another woman or women in the clubhouse…

Major League Baseball argues for player privacy. Howard Cosell asks Melissa Ludtke about that concern:

COSELL: What’s your reaction to that? 

LUDTKE: If you can call a locker room where you have 30 men who didn’t have anything to do with the game walking around and talking to you, and still maintain that that’s a private situation, I don’t buy that. It’s a situation where they are a public figure at that point. They’re not a private individual in their home, And as many people have said, it’s a question that nothing short of towel won’t solve…

Melissa Ludtke wins her case, and on March 9th, 1979, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn mandates that players and management must give equal access to female reporters. 

And finally, March 12th, 2003. The World Health Organization issues a global warning over the dangers of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS. Dr. James Maguire:

MAGUIRE: And we all know that until this disease is eliminated or eradicated…it can spread.

SARS is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus strain. The first case occurred in southern China in late 2002. The flu-like symptoms include a high fever, muscle pain, cough, and sore throat. The virus eventually leads to shortness of breath and pneumonia.

NEWSCAST: This week saw the galloping rise of SARS…and as new cases emerge, and quarantines expand, and the disease spreads to North America, the consequences are multiplying… 

Audio from a 2003 PBS report. 

While the epicenter of the outbreak is mainland China and Hong Kong, from November 2002 to July 2003, doctors diagnose more than 8,000 people in 17 countries with the virus. About one in ten die. No cases of SARS have been reported worldwide since 2004.

That’s this week’s WORLD History Book, I’m Paul Butler.

MARY REICHARD: Today is Monday, March 9th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER: And I’m Nick Eicher. Natural disasters, disease, panic. These are facts of life on earth. And yet we have hope. Here’s WORLD’s Trillia Newbell.     

TRILLIA NEWBELL, COMMENTATOR: Last week my city of Nashville experienced deadly tornadoes that took the lives of at least 24 unsuspecting people. 

And if that wasn’t enough, two days later state officials announced Tennessee’s first coronavirus case in a county 20 minutes outside of Nashville. That happens to be my county. 

On the day of the announcement, I took my usual morning trip to the grocery store—when it’s typically empty. But not last Thursday! Customers were pouring in the store. Carts were filled to the brim with food and toiletries. 

I struck up a conversation with the cashier, and we agreed that the busyness was likely due to the coronavirus—which has already led to more than a dozen deaths around Seattle

As I walked outside and checked my phone, I discovered that our county schools would be closed for two days for deep cleaning. 

Whether it’s natural disasters, disease, or something else, there’s danger looming around every corner. We won’t run out of things to fear.

In many ways, perhaps, we’ve always been in a state of waiting for the next hard thing. I don’t mean that to sound melancholy or pessimistic. On the contrary, I’m hopeful!

But we live in a Genesis 3 world, where the curse has affected every aspect of our lives. Death and tragedies happen every single day. Some we know about, but most we don’t. 

The response to the current virus outbreak has ranged from people joking and mocking it to figuring out a way to politicize it. There’s been no shortage of fear.

So what do we do? How do we respond to the reality of terror as Christians?

Well, we can resist the temptation to fear by remembering the character and nature of our Lord—and the promises of His Word.

Isaiah 41:10 records God’s declaration to us: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God is our God. He is holy, set apart—and yet, He is personal. He told us we would experience suffering (John 16:33), but we also have the promise that He will be with us (2 Cor. 1:3)—and with all Christians throughout the world. 

If terror prevails for a time on this earth, the truth of His great care for us does not wane. In the midst of fearful things, He promises to be our strength. He promises to help us and to hold on to us with His righteous right hand. We serve a faithful and loving God who will not desert us.

My prayer for us today is this: Lord, you are awesome and mighty. You are holy and good. You are the great I AM. You gave Your son Jesus for us so we might approach Your throne of grace. It is for this reason we come before You and ask for mercy for our communities and the world. 

God gives us the grace we need to cast our fears onto Him. And we can rest assured the Lord will continue to work mightily, even when we can’t see it. 

I’m Trillia Newbell.

NICK EICHER: Tomorrow: Dementia patients and their caregivers wait for medical treatment but in the meantime, special programs are helping them to cope with the difficulties. We’ll tell you about those.

And, we’ll hear how the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle has changed daily life there. 

That and more tomorrow. 

I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD: And I’m Mary Reichard.

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