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The Accidental Anchor

By James Zipadelli
I am a former news reporter and public servant who lives in Washington DC. I don't have all the answers but I have a lot of questions. Let's talk about it.
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Special Edition: With Guests Julia Scotti and Susan Sandler
Julia Scotti is a comedian who has previously performed on America's Got Talent (2016) and with Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. She's back with an all-new documentary, Julia Scotti: Funny that Way. Of all the people she could have sat down with, she chose to sit down with me. We also have the director of the documentary, Susan Sandler. I hope you enjoy the discussion.  For more information on the documentary, please visit:  Julia Scotti: Funny That Way | Film by Susan Sandler (juliascottifilm.com)
25:59
July 1, 2021
Senate acquits Trump; Ted Cruz escapes to Mexico while Texas suffer; Dems advance covid bill
The US senate has acquitted former president trump, 57-43 on the charge of inciting an insurrection; Democrats move forward on a $1.9 trillion relief package for covid; Sen. Burr, one of the Republican Senators voting for impeachment, is censured; Senator Ted Cruz is today's Asshole of the Day for fleeing Texas and going to Cancun while Texas has no power or safe drinking water; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; Plus Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins claims she was providing security on 1/6; and a special comment on caring for Dad in the age of covid.
41:33
February 21, 2021
It's the Super Bowl, Coronavirus package, and Trump's impeachment trial next week
Who Ya Got? I got the Chiefs and the Baby Greatest of All Time, Patrick Mahomes, besting the original Greatest of All Time, Thomas Patrick Brady Jr, in Super Bowl 55, 30-27. This week starts former President Trump's second impeachment trial in the US Senate, even though Senate Republicans have signaled they're going to acquit him anyway. Senator Lindsey Graham says that "I'm ready to move on" and that "President Trump remains the most popular figure in the Republican party but he will have his own place in history for the Jan. 6 riots." I have something to say about that. Then I'll talk about my walk to the fortified Capitol complex yesterday, 4 weeks after the attacks. Of course we're going to talk about the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; RIP Shawn Fisher; and more on the latest round of stimulus checks. Thanks for tuning in 
32:22
February 7, 2021
President Trump's impeachment trial to start Feb 9th; wanted to replace acting AG and decertify Biden's win in GA
Former President Trump's trial to start on Feb. 9th; The New York Times reports that President Trump is alleged to have wanted to replace the acting AG with someone sympathetic to his claims of voter fraud in GA so they could decertify Biden's win;  a special comment on his supporters "following orders" from President Trump on January 6th; Retired 4-star general Lloyd Austin has been confirmed as the 28th Secretary of Defense, the first African-American to hold the position; Biden's Treasury Department has not yet decided to turn over Trump's tax returns to House Democrats; Rep. McCarthy has "concerns" with Rep. Cheney's impeachment vote; Plus the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. 
44:48
January 23, 2021
President Biden sworn in as 46th President. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman to serve as VP.
Today was a historic day as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in today.
18:13
January 21, 2021
Man stopped at Capitol checkpoint with gun and 500 rounds of ammunition
A man was stopped with a gun and 500 rounds of ammunition in DC; A former US solider was arrested by the FBI in FL after saying he would engage protesters with firearms; Biden's plan includes raising the Federal minimum wage to $15; A special comment on how the Capitol and democracy is behind a 7 foot wall; and the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
33:07
January 17, 2021
Continued fallout from the Capitol insurrection; The Trumps are moving!!!!; Extremists going to dark corners of Web
Federal watchdogs have launched an investigation into the Capitol attack; The Trumps are moving!!!; Biden to unveil a massive vaccine program; Extremists, under scrutiny, are heading to the dark corners of the Web; Trump will submit two batches of pardons, one tonight, and one on Wednesday before President elect Biden is inaugurated; Trump is said to weigh pardoning former cheif White House strategist Steve Bannon, who is scheduled to stand trial in May over a failed crowdfunding scheme called "Build the Wall." Plus the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. 
35:05
January 16, 2021
Washington Post: People on FBI watch list may have been at attack on Capitol; A special comment for Lindsay Graham; Bumble dating app becomes help to FBI
In this episode: People on FBI watch list may be on the Capitol attack; 10 brave Republicans voted to impeach President Trump;  Ali Alexander says that Reps Mo Brooks, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs may have "planned something big on the Capitol" Latest statistics on Coronavirus from Johns Hopkins University; Women on Bumble dating app assist FBI in arresting folks from Capitol attack.
31:48
January 15, 2021
Trump impeached a second time
Daily news roundup
07:08
January 14, 2021
VP Pence rejects call to invoke 25th Amendment; House set to impeach Trump tomorrow morning
A roundup of today's latest developments following the insurrection on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6th; House #3 GOP chair Liz Cheney says she will vote to impeach Trump; 3 House members tested positive for COVID; McConnell said to be "pleased" at Trump impeachment; plus the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
31:12
January 13, 2021
House Democrats to introduce article of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday morning
House Democrats to introduce article of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday morning; Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf resigns, the third Cabinet Secretary to do so; 2 Capitol Police Officers have been suspended and 10-15 are under investigation for their role in the Capitol insurrection on Wednesday; New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick declines to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump; GOP lawmaker Mary Miller apologizes for invoking Hitler at a January 5th rally, "Moms Save the Republic;" US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman saved lives by leading a mob away from Senate chambers; and distinguished pols of the week: GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and Gabriel Sterling. Plus, the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks for tuning in. 
34:07
January 12, 2021
Democrats to introduce resolution impeaching President Trump a second time; Continued fallout from Capitol insurrection
Democrats have drafted a single article of impeachment called "incitement for insurrection" against President Trump; Continued fallout from the Capitol insurrection on Wednesday; Lawmakers were exposed to COVID while at the Capitol on Wednesday, and several Members of Congress did not wear masks; Meet William Belknap, Secretary of War in the Grant Administration. He was impeached by the House and put on trial in 1876 after he resigned; A second Capitol Police Officer has passed this week; What do we do about the lawmakers who supported Trump's lie about a false election and the coronavirus rages on. Thanks for tuning in.
44:34
January 10, 2021
Pelosi, Schumer, 100 Dems call for Trump's removal; 25th Amendment discussed; possible impeachment
Fallout from the insurrection on the US Capitol. Democratic leaders call on VP Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, or they will impeach Trump. Capitol Police chief resigns. Secretaries DeVos and Chao resign too. 4 dead and 8 injured so far. FBI is investigating. Coronavirus continues to rage.
17:31
January 8, 2021
Insurrection at US Capitol today. Congress and Senate buildings have been evacuated.
Congress' duty to uphold and protect the Constitution and count the Electoral College vote was halted after an insurrection at the US Capitol today. The country will prevail but we have to take stock of what happened and hold people accountable. In GA, it looks like the Democrats picked up two Senate seats with the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. And, the coronavirus rages on.
26:05
January 6, 2021
US adds 245k jobs in Nov; and a conversation with John Hudak from Brookings on marijuana policy.
The US had a weaker than expected month of November with 245,000 added; House passes the MORE Act which decriminalizes marijuana; McConnell and Pelosi restart covid stimulus talks; in Memoriam, Caitlyn Kaufman, a nurse, was killed on her way to work; the latest covid statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and a covid positive little boy is found by MD state police.
01:01:59
December 4, 2020
Happy Veterans Day! The US has 10.2m coronavirus cases; Trump loyalists at the Pentagon are elevated; a special comment for President-Elect Biden
Happy Veterans Day! We still have a raging coronavirus pandemic with over 10.2M cases and counting in this country. President Trump just fired the Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, in a tweet on Monday. Several people that are loyal to the President have been promoted afterwards. We will also take a look at the President's Proclamation on World Freedom Day which talks about the fall of the Berlin Wall and how important Germany's relationship is with the US. Vogue reports that German Chancelor Angela Merkel is ready to get to work with US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Speaking of which, I will have a special comment about their win and what it means for the country. Oh, and GA's Secretary of State announced a hand recount of the ballots for the Presidental Election. President-elect Biden leads in the state by 14, 711 votes at the time of the recount. Hopefully he's not caving to the GOP Senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who have called on him to resign.  Thanks for tuning in. 
38:49
November 13, 2020
Election Eve episode: Go out and VOTE!!
This is a special edition of the Accidental Anchor: Election Eve!!
06:34
November 9, 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the Presidency; Biden to be inaugurated January 20, 2021
After four days, former Vice President Joe Biden is declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Biden has more than 74.5 million votes, the highest in US history. Senator Kamala Harris of California is the first Black and Indian-American to serve as Vice President. In a speech this evening, Biden called for unity and a time to heal this country. He pledged to work as hard for those who didn't support him as those who did. President Donald Trump has vowed to continue legal challenges, and at least one state, GA, will involve a recount. We'll talk about the latest coronavirus cases from Johns Hopkins University; White House Cheif of Staff Mark Meadows and 4 aides tested positive for coronavirus. Thanks for tuning in. 
28:47
November 8, 2020
Election update
Biden has 253 EVs and Trump has 214. Waiting on PA, NC, GA, AZ and NV. The counting continues.
13:26
November 6, 2020
President Trump to leave Walter Reed by 6:30 pm this evening even though he's "not out of the woods"
President Trump to return to the White House; Washington Post says Judge Barrett had COVID this summer but has since recovered. But Judge Barrett was unmasked and at the 9/26 event where 11 people tested positive; Latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University and don't forget to vote!
21:58
October 5, 2020
President Trump, First Lady, officials test positive for COVID-19
President Trump, First Lady, officials test positive for COVID-19; Gov. Abbott is sued over his proclamation to limit ballot drop boxes to 1 per county in Texas; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; a special comment on RBG; and Don't forget to register to vote!
34:52
October 3, 2020
Special Edition - West Coast perspectives: Casey Sparks
I was pleased to have a discussion with Casey Sparks, longtime friend from DC, volunteer, political junkie, on some of the important issues facing our country. We talked about climate change, the campaign season going on, and the quest for racial justice this summer. All opinions are his own and do not reflect his current employer. I hope you enjoy the discussion. 
01:16:13
October 2, 2020
Special Edition: Brandon Golden and Alexander Freeman discuss their new documentary Intominable.
Producer and director Alexander Freeman is the star of the new upcoming documentary Intominable. The documentary follows 6 individuals with disabilities. Alexander hopes the documentary inspires people to work with individuals with disabilities. Brandon Golden is a producer and graduate in film from Emerson College.
43:55
September 25, 2020
More COVID cases as we head into the fall.
All opinions are my own. 
25:24
August 22, 2020
Special Edition - Emily Wharton
In this episode, we will talk about COV19 with Emily Wharton, who is an emergency room nurse in Richmond, VA. We also will discuss the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; Kanye West ruled inelligible in five states; USPS CEO Louis DeJoy testifies on Capitol Hill about the changes to election mail; and Joe Biden formally accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States. Thanks for tuning in. 
47:10
August 22, 2020
Happy birthday Dad!
A special message for my father. 
08:52
August 11, 2020
Tiktok to sue Trump over executive order; Unemployment rate is 10.2% but 1.2M people still filed for unemployment
TikTok to sue Trump Administration following executive order to ban company in US after 45 days; still no deal on second stimulus package; Trump says he will issue Executive Orders on student loans, unemployment insurance and more; GA teen's suspension has been overturned after she posted photos and a video of students that were maskless in the hallway; latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks for tuning in.
26:49
August 8, 2020
Special comment: I did everything right, and still got coronavirus. I am an asymptomatic carrier. Learn from my experience.
In this episode, I will discuss my experience with COVID which I'm going through right now. I am an asymptomatic carrier. Learn from my experience. We will also talk about the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University and some news from around the country, assuming my computer decides to work. 
13:31
August 2, 2020
Special comment: John Lewis's 1963 speech at the March on Washington
In this episode, a special comment: John Lewis's 1963 speech at the March on Washington; overnight police declare riots in several major cities; Supreme Court denies a Nevada church ability to hold in person service for 90 people; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and the Senate Republicans plan to introduce a package Monday which includes $1200 stimulus check and reduction in UI benefits.
24:14
July 26, 2020
US Rep. John Lewis, veteran of the Civil Rights movement, dies at 80; Trump cancels Jacksonville rally; Federal judge denies Oregon's request to stop Federal agents in Portland
US Rep. John Lewis, veteran of the Civil Rights movement, dies at 80; Trump cancels Jacksonville rally; Federal judge denies Oregon's request to stop Federal agents in Portland. Plus, the latest statistics from the corona virus map from Johns Hopkins University; Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney is released from prison after two weeks in solitary confinement; and finally a special comment on being complacent. Vice President Biden hasn't won anything yet, even though he's leading big in the polls right now. Thanks for tuning in.
34:10
July 25, 2020
Special edition: Michelle Johnson, journalism prof, Boston University; former editor, Boston Globe
The Accidental Anchor welcomes Michelle Johnson to discuss BU reopening in the COVID pandemic; and what advice she has for young journalists. Plus, the latest coronavirus statistics from John's Hopkins University; and 15 women accuse Redskins coaches of sexual misconduct. Thanks for tuning in.
40:58
July 17, 2020
Special comment: Fredrick Douglass Speech - What does the 4th of July mean to a Negro? - July 5, 1852
In this episode, I will do a reading of abolitionist Fredick Douglass' Speech, "What Does the 4th of July mean to a Negro?" Let's contrast that with President Trump's remarks in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, on land the US Supreme Court acknowledged in 1980 was promised to the Sioux Indians and then stolen from them by the US Government. We are also going to talk about how far the Commonwealth of Virginia has come since 1861 when it seceded, and Richmond was the Capital of the Confederacy. We're still dealing with a worldwide pandemic, and 11 states including Florida have shattered daily records; we'll talk about that. MD is debating options for November's election. And the Trump administration is supposed to release data, maybe, next week on the Paycheck Protection Program, which helps small businesses dealing with COVID-19. We will see if they come through. Stay safe everyone.  
54:26
July 4, 2020
Free food giveaway until 5 pm.
1508 E. Capitol st se. While supplies last
01:13
July 3, 2020
What did the President know about Russian "bounties" paid by Russia, to target, and kill, US and coalition forces in Afghanistan?
What did the President know about Russian "bounties" paid by Russia, to target, and kill, US and coalition forces in Afghanistan? I have a special comment on this topic along with the latest reporting from the Associated Press about it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Taliban's spokesman, but we don't know whether this topic was mentioned in their conference, either.  We also have the latest coronavirus cases from Johns Hopkins University; and the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts, invalidates a La. law which attempted to restrict abortion access.  Using stare decisis (let the decision stand) - Roberts put his own personal opinions about abortion aside here. It's been quite a week for him. Thanks for tuning in. 
34:37
July 1, 2020
The Supreme Court denies a petition to have Texas voters get mail in ballots before Nov. Election
The Supreme Court denies a petition to have Texas voters get mail in ballots before Nov. Election; The Trump administration is arguing, again to invalidate the Affordable Care Act; the Asshole of the Day is a man, James Brown who is accused of burning a cross in the yard of an African American neighbor who organized a protest; latest coronavirus statistics.
24:17
June 28, 2020
CDC Director says that total number of COVID-19 cases could be 10 times higher than reported
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, says that the total number of COVID-19 cases could be 10 times higher than reported - over 23 million - because for every positive case, there are 10 people with known antibodies; a Special Comment on the coronavirus cases in prisons and jails; Fox reports that federal funding is ending on June 13th for 13 testing sites - which includes Texas - and they are seeing a record high number of cases. The IRS gave $1.4 billion in coronavirus assistance to dead people. And finally, the latest coronavirus numbers from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks for tuning in. 
30:28
June 26, 2020
Manhattan US Attorney Geoffery Baufman refuses to step down; Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of DACA recipients; a special comment on John Bolton
In this episode, the Manhattan US Attorney Geoffery Bauman refuses to step down, even though US AG William Barr thanks Bauman in a statement, and Trump appears to want to nominate SEC Chair Jay Clayton to the post; Supreme Court rules 5-4 that the Government violated the Administrative Procedures Act on winding down the DACA program; a special comment on John Bolton and his new book, "The Room Where It Happened" - and a short history lesson on Jefferson Davis. Also, we have the latest statistics on coronavirus from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks for tuning in. 
34:55
June 20, 2020
In historic ruling, the Supreme Court says firing individuals based on being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act
The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, says that firing individuals for being gay or transgender violates the Civil Rights Act, with Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, writing the majority opinion; SCOTUS also denied petitions for hearing cases on the Second Amendment or reconsidering "qualified immunity," the FDA pulls its emergency authorization of hydrocloriquine, so President Trump, if you're still taking the drug, please don't because scientists are saying there are more risks than benefits to COV-19 patients. We will have the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University - over 8 million cases and counting worldwide. Finally, a special comment on the shooting of Rashad Brooks in Atlanta. Thanks for tuning in. 
33:17
June 16, 2020
Special edition: With Joshua Long for a conversation on George Floyd and where we go from here.
Joshua Long is Director of Musical Ensembles for the UU Church at Annapolis; a seminarian at Wesley Theological Seminary and a professional musician. You can listen to his music at jlongmusic.com.
01:06:45
June 10, 2020
Special Edition: George Floyd
I'm angry too. Enough is enough.
30:29
June 5, 2020
CDC extends order barring illegal immigrants from entering US; Trump golfs; Free grocery giveaway; Patrick Ewing out of hospital; latest coronavirus statistics
Today is Memorial Day: Please take a moment to remember those who died protecting our freedom today. There is a free grocery giveaway, while supplies last, in the Baptist Church parking lot until 4 pm. The address is 3000 Pennsyvania Avenue SE. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the order suspending illegal immigrants from entering the US through Canada and Mexico because of the coronavirus; A Federal judge guts a Florida law which requires felons who completed their sentences to pay fines and fees before they register to vote; President Trump golfs; Dr. Birx urges Americans to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing; Metro is suspending Silver Line service and closing 9 VA stations this summer; and Patrick Ewing is home from the hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Thanks for tuning in.
27:11
May 25, 2020
Trump declares religious institutions essential, wants them to re-open this weekend
President Trump declares that religious services are essential and wants them to reopen this weekend; President Trump's Executive Order on cutting regulations to support the Economic Recovery is released today; I want to make one correction on a previous Executive Order that was released; regarding Iraq's National Emergency; DC area has the highest rate of positive tests (20 percent). Plus, the latest coronavirus statistics and VP Biden sticks his foot in his mouth again, saying those blacks who support Trump "ain't black." I have a special comment on that too. Thanks for tuning in.  
28:52
May 23, 2020
Trump to sign Executive Order tomorrow extending National Emergency; latest coronavirus statistics; plus a special comment: How should pandemics end?
In this episode: President Trump to sign an Executive Order extending the National Emergency; the Supreme Court temporarily blocks House Democrats access to Mueller grand jury evidence; Demand for coronavirus testing in Loudoun Country is so high that they ran out of tests hours before it was supposed to have been completed; plus a special comment on pandemics. Thanks for listening. 
26:24
May 21, 2020
CDC predicts 100k deaths by June 1 from coronavirus; the first COV19 patient to be treated with plasma, Officer Patrick Bright, is home; special comment from me
In this episode, the CDC is predicting 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, based on 12 forecasting models from around the country; the first patient to be tested with plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient, Officer Patrick Bright, is now home. Plus you'll find the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; Trump fires the Inspector General from the State Department, and Democrats want an investigation into the matter; and finally, a special comment from me about how I have been feeling. Thanks for reaching out and for listening. 
28:57
May 16, 2020
Unemployment rises to record 14.7 percent in April; special comment on Ahmaud Aubrey; VP Pence's spokesman, Ivanka assistant, test positive for coronavirus
In this episode, unemployment in April rose to 14.7 percent, highest since 1932; A special comment on the murder of Ahmaud Aubrey in Georgia; VP Pence's spokesman Katie Miller (wife of Stephen Miller) tests positive for coronavirus; the President's butler and Ivanka's assistant also test positive; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. 
39:17
May 9, 2020
Coronavirus task force to wind down late May or early June; Potential Assholes of the Day are charged with scamming the Small Business program 500k; latest statistics from coronavirus task force
It's the 100th episode of the Accidental Anchor (I have 52 episodes in my first iteration of this podcast). Thanks for tuning in. 
19:40
May 5, 2020
Michigan security guard shot to death after asking customer to wear mask inside Dollar Store; latest coronavirus statistics; Biden/Bernie II; and thanks to good friends.
A Michigan security guard is shot to death after asking customer to wear a mask; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University and the Washington Post; special comment on Bernie and VP Biden; President Trump's recent Executive Orders; and finally, thanks to some good friends for helping me out today. Thanks for tuning in. 
40:53
May 5, 2020
3.8 million people filed for jobless benefits; 30 million unemployed over the last 6 weeks
More dismal numbers from the Labor Department as over 30m people out of work during the last six weeks; Dr Fauci hoping a vaccine will be available by January 2021; and Capt. Brett Crozier, who warned of COV19 on his ship the USS Theodore Roosevelt, could be reinstated after the Navy concludes its investigation
13:39
April 30, 2020
Labor Department says the economy contracted 4.8% in the first quarter of this year
The Department of Labor says the economy contracted 4.8% in the first 4 months of 2020; a promising new drug gets emergency approval by FDA to stop covid in severely ill patients: plus a special comment on the promising drug and whether we are safe taking it.
18:45
April 30, 2020
Trump to sign Executive Order making meatpacking plants essential; despite the fact that many employees have been sick and died from COVID
President Trump will sign an Executive Order and invoke the Defense Production Act to make meatpacking plants essential and stay open; VP Pence visits the Mayo Clinc and doesn't wear a mask; House Foreign Affairs commitee investigating Trump's withholding of funds from UN-backed World Health Organization; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University and finally, go see some comedy!
16:00
April 29, 2020
A special comment on VP Biden; Lakers return small business loan; VA gets PPE. MD to provide checks
All opinions are my own. Stories are credited by title.
23:31
April 27, 2020
MD Gov. Larry Hogan says the state has gotten hundreds of calls about ingesting disinfectants: CNN
The latest statistics from the coronavirus map from Johns Hopkins University; and UK PM Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday.
10:56
April 26, 2020
WHO says recovered patients may get COV19 a second time; MD prepares to reopen; and I went outside.
The world health organization says that there is no evidence patients who got cov 19 can't get it a second time. Plus MD prepares to open in phases starting early May; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and I went outside this morning.
18:37
April 25, 2020
Please do not drink bleach. Or take the anti malaria drugs outside of approved uses. Plus, a special comment on the USPS.
The FDA warns against people taking anti malaria drugs after deaths and abormal heart rhythms were reported; Please, do not drink bleach, it will kill you, not COV-19; A special comment on the importance of the US Postal Service; and local antibody testing is now available in DC, NBC4 reports. Plus, the latest statistics from the coronavirus map from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks for tuning in. 
17:35
April 25, 2020
House passed $484 billion bill to help small business in COV-19 pandemic; a special comment on states opening way too early, plus a 99 year old grandma and her granddaughter both beat COV-19
The House passes a $484 billion bill to help small businesses; a special comment on states opening up way too early; plus a 99 year old grandma and her granddaughter in Detroit beat coronavirus. Thanks for tuning in. 
32:16
April 24, 2020
Special Edition: With Shawn Fisher
In this episode, my friend Shawn Fisher discusses her recent experience having coronavirus and her recent improv projects. Thank you Shawn. You're going to want to hear what she has to say.
28:55
April 23, 2020
Closing WERA
WERA revised 4-22-2020
00:27
April 22, 2020
Revised WERA open 4-22-2020
Wera
00:11
April 22, 2020
Trump says he will sign an executive order "temporarily suspending" immigration to US; latest coronavirus statistics; VP Biden wins Wyoming caucuses
In this episode, I have a special comment for President Trump's planned Executive Order "temporarily suspending" immigration in the US, reportedly because of COV-19; the latest statistics on coronavirus from Johns Hopkins University; and VP Biden wins the Wyoming caucuses on April 17th, with about 38% of caucusgoers returning mail in ballots. Thanks for tuning in. 
16:41
April 21, 2020
Latest Coronavirus Statistics; Gov. Hogan is doing a good job taking coronavirus seriously, while Gov. Brian Kemp is putting his residents at risk, plus our person of the day: Amy!
In this episode, I have a special comment about two very different GOP Governors and how they are handling the coronavirus crisis in our area. First, Maryland's GOP Governor, Larry Hogan, is taking this coronavirus seriously and should be commended. He worked with his wife, who speaks Korean, and secured enough test kits for up to 500,000 tests for the state's needs -- and they got them from South Korea -- not from our government. Good job, Governor Hogan! That's an example of responsible leadership.   On the other hand, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is not taking coronavirus seriously. Although the state of Georgia is under a stay at home order until April 30th, he had the bright idea to open up restaurants, massage therapists, and amusement parks by April 27th. He says the businesses will rigorously enforce social distancing guidelines. Yeah, right. When you do someone's hair you are standing right over them... cutting their hair. Yet bars and nightclubs will remain closed. He says that the Georgia National Guard will help with testing up to 1,500 people per day. I'm grateful for their service but that makes no sense either. He doesn't know how much testing is needed for the state and what's there is woefully inadequate. But the best part? He wants to open houses of worship back up. That's right, he wants people to congregate in church. Which would be great, except people over 65 which can get sick from the virus and die, also go to church too. For these reasons, Gov. Kemp is drawing the wrong lessons from the coronavirus pandemic. 
22:05
April 20, 2020
Illinois Gov JB Pritzer chartered 2 secret flights to China to get PPE for cov19; VP Biden thoughts
In this episode, the Governor of Illinois chartered 2 secret flights to China to get PPE for the state's cov19 needs; The latest Coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and finally I'm going to ask my Democratic friends some hard questions about VP Biden and Tara Reade's allegation of sexual assault.
23:51
April 19, 2020
CDC has a breakdown in testing for COV-19 cases; latest coronavirus statistics; USA Today timeline on Trump's golfing, and please buy my friend Nathan Leigh's album. It's out now.
The Washington Post is reporting that the CDC had a breakdown in the tests they were able to provide to states for COV-19; USA Today has a timeline of Trump's golfing trips and rallies during the early days of the pandemic; latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and a conversation with my friend Nathan Leigh, who has an album out now: It's called Myths, Conspiracy Theories, and Other Stuff I Made Up To Sound Interesting. To order, go to nathanleigh.bandcamp.com. He's much more talented than I am. Let's help him and his friends because we're all in this together. Thanks for tuning in. 
34:41
April 18, 2020
Special Edition: A man recovering from coronavirus has some advice; plus latest news developments
Meet Mr. Daniel Lloyd. He's recovering from the coronavirus and has some advice. Plus, the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University; Texas aims to start opening its economy slowly by April 27th even though they won't hit their peak until April 29th; Romney left off of coronavirus task force.
22:09
April 18, 2020
White House to open economy in phases after May 1; latest coronavirus numbers; giving to charities
The White House wants to open economy in phases after May 1; latest coronavirus numbers from John's Hopkins University; small business program is out of money; MD sees drop in unemployment claims from last week; plus if you want to give to worthy charities during the pandemic, go to www.nbcwashington.com/giving.
19:29
April 17, 2020
DC and VA extend order for non essential businesses to close; Trump threatens to adjourn Congress
DC and VA extend order for non essential businesses to close; Trump threatens to adjourn Congress if he doesn't get his judicial nominees through; and despite the coronavirus, South Korea voter turnout is the highest since 1992.
11:18
April 16, 2020
Your stimulus check may be delayed several days because President Trump wants his signature on it
President Trump halts funding to the World Health Organization and criticizes its response to the coronavirus pandemic, while taking absolutely no responsibility for his own response; Your stimulus checks may be delayed several days because President Trump's name will be affixed to them; The administration has a draft plan to re-open parts of the country after May 1st. Plus, check out the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University. And finally, in a future episode of the Accidental Anchor, a person who has had coronavirus, and recovered, is answering questions. Thanks for tuning in. 
23:13
April 15, 2020
DC thank you 2
Thank you
01:37
April 13, 2020
Pope Francis homily
This episode contains a summary of the Pope's homily.
05:32
April 12, 2020
Trump wants to reopen the country by May 1 despite coronavirus fears; latest statistics; Great Apes
President Trump wants to reopen the country by May 1st even though Dr Fauci, Dr Adams and Fed Chair Jerome Powell warn it could be longer; Great Apes also at risk for infection by coronavirus; the latest coronavirus statistics from Johns Hopkins University; and DC and VA seeking to release inmates from local jails because of coronavirus.
17:51
April 11, 2020
UK PM Johnson out of intensive care; 6.6 million people file jobless claims last week; c19check.com
In this episode, UK PM Boris Johnson is out of intensive care; 6.6 million people filed unemployment claims last week; Fed Chair Powell says we may not open economy up until July; plus the latest coronavirus numbers from Johns Hopkins University.
13:53
April 9, 2020
Sen Sanders suspends his campaign; British PM still in the ICU; President Trump criticizes vote by mail, even though he voted by mail
In this episode, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee; the UK's PM is still in the ICU; President Trump criticizes the World Health Organization and voting by mail, even though he voted by mail in Florida's primary; plus Ryan helps a 98-year-old woman out. in the middle of a pandemic. Way to go Ryan! And of course, the latest coronavirus updates from Johns Hopkins University. 
15:03
April 9, 2020
President Bush's early pandemic playbook in 2005 helping today's coronavirus crisis; the latest numbers
President George W. Bush's blueprint for a response to a pandemic in 2005 wasn't fully realized because of funding constraints and other crises. But it's helping now in the fight against the coronavirus. Plus, the latest coronavirus numbers; and the Washington Post says that the deaths from the virus may be higher than previously thought. 
17:14
April 5, 2020
President Trump fires the Inspector General for the Intelligence community; latest numbers from coronavirus crisis; and the OurStreets Supplies app
In this episode, the President fires the Inspector General from the Intelligence Community in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. You'll hear the latest numbers from the Coronavirus map from Johns Hopkins University;  Plus, download the OurStreets Supplies app from the App store or Play store and you may just get toilet paper. Seriously. 
14:46
April 4, 2020
6.6 million people file for unemployment; Asshole of the Day; 104-year old Veteran beats coronavirus
In this episode, 6.6 million people have file for unemployment last week, a record. A Georgia mayor lifted social distancing guidelines, making him the Asshole of the Day; and a 104 year old Veteran beat coronavirus.
13:29
April 3, 2020
Special Edition with Sean Sullivan; plus the latest updates on coronavirus
Sean Sullivan is a recent graduate from the Catholic University of America where he received his Master's degree in International Affairs. I was pleased to talk to Sean about some good news as we're all managing the coronavirus from home.
21:58
April 2, 2020
Automated message from Mayor Bowser?
I agree with staying home and practicing social distancing. I hope the message was genuine.
01:08
April 1, 2020
Potential Asshole of the Day: Man in NYC is arrested for coughing on FBI agents and hoards medical supplies including N95 respirators and gowns
In  this episode, I'm going to become hysterical on a story from ABC7 in New York: A man was arrested after coughing on FBI agents. He claimed to have coronavirus but was actually hoarding medical supplies including N95 respirators, masks, and gowns and selling them to doctors and nurses at a 700 percent markup ($12,000). Please try to contain your laughter as I'm attempting not to break my computer screen. I hope that guy doesn't have coronavirus but one day, this is not going to be funny. There are cops in NYC that have already tested positive. Plus, the latest updates from Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus map. 
12:36
April 1, 2020
FDA approves 2 malaria drugs for coronavirus crisis; Plus, 2 companies making medical masks for first responders; and the latest numbers
In this episode: The FDA provides emergency approval for 2 anti malaria drugs to combat COV-19; although they haven't recommended long term use; DC, MD and VA issue stay at home orders; 2 good news stories; plus, a special thought on the media's role during the coronavirus crisis. Layoffs appear to be in the very near future. When Americans need reliable information, layoffs of dedicated news professionals mean that everyone else loses. 
23:14
March 30, 2020
Staying connected as a community while social distancing; book recommendations; plus, the latest coronavirus updates
In this episode, I will discuss the latest coronavirus cases from Johns Hopkins University; discuss the news and latest developments; and NY has moved its primary to June, making it the 13th state to move a primary because of coronavirus. Plus, how do we share a sense of community during COV-19? Many churchs are virtually meeting with their congregations including the church I visit, Universalist National Memorial Church, here in DC. You are welcome to join us each week and for more information please go to universalist.org. Just the sense of staying connected might lift up people's spirits. Book recommendation: The Soul of America by Jon Meacham. Turn off the cable and read a book like this instead. I care about each and every one of you. Stay safe everyone. 
20:20
March 29, 2020
Latest Coronavirus updates; Trump sends off the USNS Comfort to NYC; How will you spend your time at home?
In this episode, I will provide the latest on the coronavirus crisis from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus map; Trump is thinking of a 14-day quarantine for NY, NJ and CT; and the question: How will you spend this time at home?  Plus resources if you need them: The National Suicide LifeLine and the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-273-8255  1-800-779-7233 Someone is available to take your call. 
10:54
March 28, 2020
I read the Family First Coronavirus Response Act so you didn't have to
In this episode, you will listen to me read actual sections of the law President Trump just signed. I'm confident that not a single person read what's actually in the bill. You will also get the latest coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins University.  Thanks for tuning in. 
22:48
March 28, 2020
The US is #1 in confirmed coronavirus cases; a grim milestone
Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus map. 
13:43
March 26, 2020
Latest on the coronavirus crisis; and a letter from a social worker in MD
In this episode, I will discuss the latest developments in the Coronavirus crisis and share a very important letter from a social worker, Reese, who works in Maryland. You're going to want to hear his perspective. 
17:34
March 26, 2020
President Trump hopes the country will open by Easter. Is this a good idea?
In this episode I discuss whether President Trump's idea of reopening the country by Easter is a good idea. He says he will be guided by medical experts, facts and hard data but I'm skeptical. His decision making couldn't possibly be guided by his business with his name on it, right?
09:11
March 24, 2020
Special Edition of The Accidental Anchor: With Chance Dorland
I've known Chance Dorland for nearly 15 years since we were students at Emerson College. Chance is at Arizona State University finishing up a Master's degree in Journalism. He's been a Peace Corps volunteer; a producer and reporter for Korea.FM, CBS Radio and other media outlets. We discussed the Coronavirus, his current projects and the future.
39:24
March 24, 2020
Harvey Weinstein tests postive for Coronavirus; also Senator Rand Paul tests positive too; Romney, Lee, Cruz in self-isolation
Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape and sexual assualt, has tested positive for Coronavirus. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Also, US Senator Rand Paul becomes the first sitting US Senator to test positive for Coronavirus. He is being isolated and other Senators are wondering if they are going to be found positive too. Stay inside and wash your hands! I'm glad Paul was tested, but the AP notes that Paul was asymptomatic and tested "out of an abundance of caution" due to his travel schedule.  Americans are told to stay home unless they have clear symptoms of cov-19 and testing shortages. But apparently Paul was able to secure a test fairly quickly.  https://apnews.com/c3db22a242e9577126052dece8285d2f
04:01
March 23, 2020
First Federal inmate tests positive for Coronavirus: What's the impact on the prison population?
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has released some prisoners. Also, they have banned social visits and family members to stop Coronavirus. 22 inmates, 12 corrections officers are 5 health officials have reportedly tested positive.
12:53
March 22, 2020
Special Edition of the Accidental Anchor: With Allison Alt
Allison Alt is the Executive Director of Social Impact 360. Based in New York, she's an attorney who advocates for change. She develops future leaders and young (under 40) CEOs. In this episode we talk about the coronavirus, the effect on the economy, money in politics and projects she's working on.
34:41
March 21, 2020
Special Edition of The Accidental Anchor with Ryan
Ryan and I discuss coronavirus, self isolation and empathy in this episode. Ryan shares his experience in DC getting tested for coronavirus and he's also beaten cancer. You're going to want to hear his perspective.
20:48
March 21, 2020
Vulnerable populations
Let's not forget the most vulnerable in the coronavirus crisis: Immigrants, people in prison, the homeless and our brave health care workers.
11:36
March 21, 2020
The Accidental Anchor, social distancing edition
All opinions are my own. Stay safe everyone!
10:17
March 21, 2020
Welcome to my podcast!
I don't have all the answers but I have a lot of questions. Let's talk about it.
01:02
March 20, 2020