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Friday morning news – April 3rd, 2020

6.6 more Americans apply for unemployment benefits » More than 6-and-a-half million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That doubled a record high set one week earlier amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Friday – Public health and religious liberty

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: It’s Friday the 3rd of April, 2020. Glad to have you along for today’s edition of The World and Everything in It. Good morning, I’m Megan Basham. NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. First up: Culture Friday. 

Kicker – Up in smoke

NICK EICHER, HOST: A tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire near Dallas this week. The driver is OK, but the truck was a loss, and that fire shut down interstate traffic for hours. 

Review – World on Fire

NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Friday, April 3rd. Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day. Good morning. I’m Nick Eicher. MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: And I’m Megan Basham. Coming next on The World and Everything in It: PBS Masterpiece is back with a stirring war series.

Significance and finishing well

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Today is Friday, April 3rd. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Megan Basham. NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. You may remember a story back in February: we introduced you to a couple who were preparing to celebrate their last Valentine’s Day together.

Teachers on parade

NICK EICHER, HOST: Up next on the World And Everything In It: Teacher Parades! They’re happening in communities all over the country. Teachers who haven’t seen their students in weeks because of coronavirus are hosting road trips and spreading love through their student’s neighborhoods. WORLD reporter Myrna Brown tagged along on one through her neighborhood.

Thursday morning news – April 2, 2020

W.H.O. director “deeply concerned about rapid escalation” of coronavirus » Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Wednesday that he is—quote—“deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread” of the coronavirus.

Senior living in lockdown

NICK EICHER, HOST: It’s Thursday, the 2nd of April, 2020. Glad to have you along for today’s edition of The World and Everything in It. Good morning, I’m Nick Eicher. MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. First up: the elderly and the coronavirus.