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As your local community-owned station, WDSE•WRPT is committed to helping our community stay informed about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus.
We have created special programming in response to current events.

Doctors on Call

Where to Watch


PBS Video App

Past episodes can be found on WDSE·WRPT's webpage.

Almanac North

Where to Watch


PBS Video App

Past episodes can be found on WDSE·WRPT's webpage.

NAACP Disinfecting Misinformation Panel

Thursday, June 11 at 7pm on PBS North

On April 30, 2020, the Duluth NAACP convened a live Zoom panel of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Health Professionals about COVID-19. Discussion included racism and health disparities, cultural practices in the pandemic, keeping our communities safe, mental wellness and coping, myths and misinformation, and how we move forward as a community.

Coronavirus: An Almanac Special

“Coronavirus: An Almanac Special” is a new program from Twin Cities PBS focused solely on the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The 30-minute show will be broadcast live Fridays 8 p.m. on the Minnesota Channel. Hosted by Twin Cities PBS’s David Gillette, the program will also stream live on and on TPT’s Facebook page. 

The COVID-19 virus and the illness that it causes is dominating headlines around the world. Local and national health experts have already warned it is likely not a matter of if – but when – the virus will appear in communities across the country, and possibly in areas in Minnesota. Many residents are understandably concerned.  To help, “Coronavirus: An Almanac Special” will provide trusted, useful information with the goal of not overstating nor minimizing the situation. Instead, this program will focus on sharing important, factual information to help people who have questions about the virus and its potential spread. Gillette will interview trusted medical experts from local health organizations and policy and health officials from the State of Minnesota. The program will answer questions submitted directly from users to help everyone prepare and protect themselves and the people around them. 

As this story is developing, the current plans are to offer this new program on a weekly basis at 8 p.m. on Friday nights on the Minnesota Channel and other online spaces. Plans are subject to change based on how the story progresses and on community feedback.

Where to Watch

Fridays at 8pm

Minnesota Channel (8.4/31.4)

Facebook Live Stream Live Stream

Past episodes can be found on Twin Cities PBS’s webpage.

Minnesota Coronavirus Press Briefings

MN Channel will carry LIVE coverage of Governor Tim Walz daily Coronavirus press briefing at 2pm during the week. WDSE WRPT will also LIVE STREAM coverage on our Facebook page, when available.

Note that this is subject to change based on the scheduling of the press briefings.

Where to Watch

Minnesota Channel (8.4/31.4) at 2pm
WDSE Facebook page

PBS Digital Content and Resources

PBS NewsHour Novel Coronavirus Web Portal This website contains breaking news coverage on the novel coronavirus.

PBS’s What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus. Visit this web portal for evolving coverage and important background information.

What We Know and Don’t Know about the Coronavirus Video. A short video from NOVA examines what medical experts know—and don't know—about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, called COVID-19.

PBS Digital Studios remains a leading destination for educational resources on YouTube with a number of scientific videos on the human body and viruses. Episodes also offer financial insight and emotional support during these uncertain times. Topics currently available include “Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?,” “How to Make an Emergency Budget,” “Economic Lessons from Past Pandemics,” and “Why Soap is Still Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus?” See the full playlist of videos here.

CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL This special will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic's economic impact in both the United States and globally. Anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, it will include interviews with officials, reporting from NEWSHOUR's bench of special correspondents throughout the world and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America, to be moderated by NEWSHOUR correspondents Amna Nawaz and William Brangham.

IN THIS TOGETHER: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY Shares how Americans are adapting during the coronavirus pandemic
through personal stories, photographs, and videos posted on the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website, people across America share firsthand accounts of how the global coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives and our nation and brought us all together.

NOVA “Decoding COVID-19” The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it is a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and find a treatment for the disease it causes—is underway. NOVA joins doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meets the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

FRONTLINE “Inside Italy’s COVID War” This special FRONTLINE report takes viewers inside a hospital battling COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy, as doctors are forced to make life and death decisions. Also this hour, a report on how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting US families already facing poverty.

PBS NEWSHOUR’s regular daily programming and clips are also available to stream on the PBS Video App and PBS Passport.