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Vol. 1, No. 1

Coronavirus Daily

Kelly McEvers is the host of Coronavirus Daily from NPR. This podcast offers short daily episodes that round up news reports, feature stories, and conversations about the latest information on the spread and impact of the pandemic. The focus is on current events, including public health recommendations, political developments, and ideas about how to cope, taking a journalistic approach to the emergency to provide information that is intended “to help you process it all.” 

As might be expected from a major radio network, the podcast is well-produced. At a time when listeners may feel bombarded by news, this podcast does a good job of reporting on the day’s events as a news digest with an emphasis on what’s happened in the past 24 hours. News junkies may not discover anything new here, but for those who are holding back from news overload, it can provide a one-stop summary of all things Coronavirus.

Fact-based: 4 of 5. Because the focus is so much on news (with some lighter material mixed in) this podcast works with what we know at the moment—it’s the first draft of history, so the “facts” may require revision or more context at times. 

Host: 5 of 5.

Production: 5 of 5.

Storytelling: 5 of 5.

Perspective: 3 of 5.

Action-Oriented: 3 of 5. There are parts of this podcast aimed at individuals and how they can cope, but much of the purpose of the podcast is to inform the public about the latest news. 

Overall Rating: 4 of 5.