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Tested is a hard look at how North Carolina and its neighbors face the day's challenges.

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  • Unvaccinated Covid-19 patients have flooded hospitals around North Carolina. Because of the surge, many vaccinated patients who go to the hospital needing treatment for non-Covid-19 illnesses feel they aren't getting the same level of care they would normally get. Host Jason deBruyn looks at the ethics of triaging vaccinated and unvaccinated patients - something health providers and health ethicists are having to hash out in real time.
  • As COVID continues to inundate Robeson County, health officials and local leaders are working tirelessly to get more Lumbee tribal members vaccinated.
  • As of Sept. 14, Robeson County had the lowest vaccination rate in North Carolina with less than one-third of the population fully vaccinated.
  • On this episode of Tested, we’re featuring a special from the podcast "Me and My Muslim Friends." It’s a show produced in partnership with WUNC that tells nuanced stories about the Muslim American experience.
  • In their last two weeks in the country, U.S. troops evacuated more than 123,000 people out of Afghanistan. The process has been called “two weeks of chaos and 20 years of war.”
  • Dr. Whitney Robinson, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology/UNC Gillings School of Public Health, speaks about how she is personally and professional navigating the pandemic.
  • Now that classes are back in session in North Carolina schools, how do they respond to a new phase of the global pandemic in which we know a lot more about the virus, including the fact that it can still spread so quickly especially among children?
  • Reporters from WUNC's Youth Reporting Institute share their experience in the program this summer.
  • For many small business owners, PPP loans from the federal government were a lifesaver. That Paycheck Protection Program money was right on time and picture perfect for a lot of people... a lot of white people. Many Black and Hispanic businesses didn’t get paid that way.
  • Health care is notoriously expensive in the United States. And it’s often the patient’s responsibility not just to pay, but to make sure they aren’t paying too much. But where do those numbers come from? And how would you know if you’re paying too much?