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Statewide Special: 'Our Pandemic Summer'


Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m.

As part of a look across North Carolina through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic and summer, Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins and WFAE political reporter and Inside Politics host Steve Harrison will discuss the status of this summer's scheduled RNC in Charlotte, which is up in the air due to COVID-19.

Summer for many families in North Carolina is filled with beach weekends, getaways to the mountains, bountiful produce and other fun in the sun.

But how much of that will be possible this season with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

Public radio stations from across North Carolina joined forces to look into summer 2020 for “Our Pandemic Summer: A Statewide Special.”

WUNC’s “The State of Things” host Frank Stasio interviews scientist Lisa Gralinski about how COVID-19 responds to heat, water and other facets of summer life. Gralinski is an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” host Mike Collins talks to WFAE political reporter Steve Harrison about how the pandemic may impact the Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in Charlotte in August.

And WUNC “The State of Things” host Anita Rao investigates how the coronavirus has changed things for our state’s migrant and seasonal farm workers with Aaron Sánchez-Guerra, a reporter for The News & Observer.

Plus, reporters from public radio stations WFDD in Winston-Salem, BPR in Asheville and WHQR in Wilmington share their reporting on the status of minor league baseball and summer camps in western North Carolina; summer festivals in the Triad and the restaurant industry in Wilmington.