What Next

Florida’s Fight for COVID Data

Ron DeSantis appears to be in denial about the extent of the pandemic and what his administration could do to minimize viral spread.


Episode Notes

All year, we’ve seen how COVID-19 surges can persuade state officials to take the pandemic seriously. But the resistance in Florida is something special: There, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been particularly opposed to sharing case data or imposing measures to minimize viral spread.

Guest: Mary Ellen Klas, reporter for the Miami Herald.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Davis Land, with help from Frannie Kelley.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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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.