The National Conversation with All Things Considered


Beginning Monday, March 23rd, NPR will launch a nightly hour of special programming about the global pandemic weekdays (Monday - Friday) at 8pm CT. The National Conversation with All things Considered will be hosted by NPR's Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin. During that hour NPR will present a live national conversation to engage with listeners and answer questions focused on the coronavirus crisis, using a combination of social media sourcing and audience call-outs, in addition to expert interviews.

NPR will gather questions from listeners and readers about the coronavirus and stories of how people are coping, surviving, and thriving in the new reality from around the country on social media and through this link. Listeners can also share their questions for NPR's reporters and outside experts using the hashtag #nprconversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Special guests will be featured to answer questions on everything from epidemiology to economics to exercising at home. 

"In times of crisis, Americans need a trusted, impartial source of news," said Sarah Gilbert, NPR's vice president for news programming. "We believe public radio is uniquely positioned to convene these types of national conversations across communities. With over 1000 Member station signals reaching nearly the entire U.S. population, NPR has served a lifeline - providing local and national news to even the most underserved areas."

The National Conversation is part of a suite of special programming from NPR designed to engage, inform and support audiences through this pandemic, including the Coronavirus Daily podcast hosted by Kelly McEvers, an hour-long weekly report hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, and the live blog.

Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now available in Amarillo. 

According to a press release from the City of Amarillo, individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can call the Amarillo Public Health Department at 806-378-6300. If those symptoms warrant a test, you will be directed to the drive-thru facility for testing.

Oklahoma has seen a dramatic uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 377 reported cases as of Saturday and 15 deaths. The counties of Le Flore and Nowata are now required to come into compliance with Gov. Kevin Stitt's Safer at Home order issued Monday.

Baca County, Colorado, along with several other Colorado counties, are reporting their first cases of COVID-19.  As of Friday, eastern Colorado counties reporting COVID-19 cases, and their respective number of cases, are as follows: Baca (1), Logan (3), Morgan (4), Washington (1), Yuma (2), Lincoln (1), Kit Carson (2), Crowley (1), Otero (2).

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” That is certainly true in 2020. At High Plains Public Radio this year, I expected that the presidential election would be the big story of the year. And we had been planning for a big membership drive in March to help sustain the station through the typically lean summer months.

Special Programming Changes On HPPR Connect

Mar 21, 2020

High Plains Public Radio and HPPR Connect will run a special NPR program on COVID-19 Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, on Connect at 6 p.m. CT; and in place of City Arts and Lectures on HPPR, Sunday night at 7 p.m. CT. Starting Monday night at 8 p.m. CT, Connect will begin carrying a new program from NPR, called The National Conversation with All Things Considered.