The Long Beach Post will be hosting a series of live, 30-minute discussions with experts and others to gain perspective on the  coronavirus health crisis.

The Q&A discussions will be hosted on various days during the week by members of the Post staff at 1 p.m., and broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The first discussion will be held today, and moderated by Publisher David Sommers, with guest Dr. Mario Molina, former chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare who formerly worked as a medical researcher.

Other confirmed discussions include:

  • On Thursday, March 26, Hi-Lo Editor Steve Lowery will moderate a discussion with Musica Angelica Director Martin Haselbock, who will join us live from Austria.
  • On Friday, March 27, the discussion will be moderated by Managing Editor Melissa Evans, with guest Marcelle Epley, president and CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation, who will discuss the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund and other ways the public and foundations can help struggling nonprofits.
  • On Tuesday, March 31, Reporter Stephanie Rivera will host a discussion in Spanish with Long Beach Unified School Board Member Juan Benitez.
  • On Thursday, April 2, Managing Editor Melissa Evans will host a discussion with Lou Anne Bynum, the newly-appointed interim superintendent-president of Long Beach City College.

We welcome your questions ahead of the discussions, as well as during the live event. Write your questions in the comment thread of our social media channels.

If you’d also like to suggest a guest, please email Melissa Evans at [email protected].

We’ll announce additional chats as we book them.