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On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks for the second time with Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath. Serving District 3, in Franklin County, Maharath is the top Democrat on Financial Institutions & Technology and the Local Government & Elections committees. She is also the first Asian-American woman elected to the Ohio Senate.

Dan Skinner talks with Mike Corey, Executive Director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County about how Ohio's non-profits have been doing through the pandemic, the consequences of the dreadful federal response to COVID19, and how you can can help support organizations doing important work in the community. Presented with lots of hope for 2021, utter disdain for 2020, and a few mostly unnecessary references to Sophocles and Wu-Tang Clan.

Rick Hodges, Executive in Residence at Ohio University and former Director of the Ohio Department of Health talks with Dan Skinner (Twitter) about Ohio's response to the COVID19 pandemic. Topics include differences between the current moment with COVID19 and Ohio's experience with ebola during Hodges' time at ODH; the frustrating politics of the current moment; and the federal response (or lack thereof) to COVID19.

Dan Skinner talks with Washington Post reporters Anne Gearan and Brittany Shammas about reporting they have done at the nexus of Ohio and the national response to COVID-19. Topics include Gov. DeWine's false positive test for COVID-19, efforts to push back against misinformation about COVID-19 testing and vaccines, and school reopening discussions. 

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The Justice Department announced charges Tuesday against two suspected Chinese hackers who allegedly targeted U.S. companies conducting COVID-19 research, part of what the government called long-running efforts to steal American trade secrets and intellectual property.

The 11-count indictment accuses the defendants, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, of conducting a hacking campaign that has targeted companies, nongovernmental organizations as well as Chinese dissidents and clergy in the United States and around the world.

Dan Skinner talks with Loren Anthes, who is the William C. and Elizabeth M. Troyhaft Chair in Health Planning at the Center for Community Solutions, and leads Community Solutions’ Center for Medicaid Policy. He's also a lecturer at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the Cleveland campus.

Dan Skinner talks with John Barker, President of the Ohio Restaurant Association about how the trade association, which represents the state's more than 23,000 restaurants is preparing for a safe reopening of Ohio's restaurants.

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