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How Much Trouble Is Senator Richard Burr In?

He told the public not to worry about the coronavirus. Then he sold his stock.

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Episode Notes

A lot happened in February for Senator Ricard Burr (R-NC). He told his constituents that the country was “ready to face the coronavirus.” He told a members-only club that they should expect school closures, canceled travel, and overwhelmed hospitals. And he sold a bunch of his stock. Now, Burr is under a federal investigation for possible insider trading.

Guest: Tim Mak, Washington investigative correspondent for NPR.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.