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This week on Petrie Dish we talk with experts about why you feel how you feel, and what happens inside your body when you start to feel overwhelmed. 

Visitors walk along the River Walk in San Antonio, Monday, June 15, 2020, in San Antonio. Many restaurants and business that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are reopened.
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In mid-April — about a month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbot declared a statewide disaster in response to COVID-19 — frustration was growing in Austin.

Outside of the state capitol building, protesters complained about stay-at-home orders.

“I’m sick of being told if I go outside and gather in a group of 10 or more that I’m gonna kill somebody or get killed,” one protester told KVUE News.

Soon after, Abbott made the decision to reopen. 

Roberto Martinez

Almost overnight, "flatten the curve" became a national motto. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly podcast about the coronavirus, we unpack the origins of that phrase with a public health expert who helped popularize it. And, we hear from reporters across Texas about some of the negative consequences of quarantine, from a spike in domestic violence reports to the relocation of migrants in camps along the U.S.-Mexico border. 


Roberto Martinez

In the span of a few weeks, a medical device most of us have never seen or used became a national concern, the signature shortage in our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, we explore how the coronavirus affects the lungs and how our government, our hospitals, and industrious YouTubers are responding to the vast shortage of ventilators.  


Roberto Martinez

The virus sweeping across the planet right now is frightening, in part, because there is so much we don't know about it. In the first episode of Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, Bonnie Petrie talks to a virologist about what exactly the coronavirus is and how scientists are studying it.