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Analyzing The COVID-19 Crisis And Its Global Impact

Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports.
Ng Han Guan
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A medical worker from China's Jilin Province reacts as she prepares to return home at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

For authoritarian leaders around the world, the pandemic offers a convenient way to silence critics and consolidate power.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Evan Renfro of the University of Northern Iowa. Moyer and Renfro offer their analysis of Sen. Bernie Sanders dropping out of the presidential race, President Donald Trump threatening to cut U.S. funding for the World Health Organization and the authentic virus count in China, and why it matters.


  • Evan Renfro, assistant professor for the department of political science at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor and professor of political science at Grinnell College

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa