How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Challenging Cultures This week on Rough Translation, we check in with NPR international correspondents in China, Germany and Greece about the ways that culture shapes—and is reshaped by—responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

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How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

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To the left: an empty subway car in Beijing, China. To the right: a crowded park in Berlin, Germany. Amy Xiaomeng Cheng/NPR and Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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To the left: an empty subway car in Beijing, China. To the right: a crowded park in Berlin, Germany.

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Are authoritarian systems of government like China's better equipped to contain the COVID-19 pandemic? Why did Germany wait so long to impose restrictions on public spaces? How is Greece balancing public health concerns and faith in the lead-up to Greek Orthodox Easter?

On this episode of Rough Translation, we're checking in with NPR international correspondents to discuss the interplay between culture, history and nations' responses to COVID-19. And, how correspondents are also questioning the best way to keep reporting when they're also being warned to keep their distance.

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