Epidemic

EPIDEMIC is a weekly series on the science, public health, and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We help you understand the latest science and the bigger context, bringing you diverse angles—from history to politics to virology—depth and texture you won’t get elsewhere. Hear from some of the world’s leading infectious disease, public health, and other experts.

Hosted by: Dr. Celine Gounder
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Episode 57

E57: Disrupting Restaurants Part II / Amanda Cohen, Saru Jayarmana and Pete Ternes

24min | Jan. 14th, 2021

“It’s my responsibility as an owner to figure out how to afford to pay ...

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Episode 56

E56: Flattening the Infodemic Curve / Claire Wardle, John Cook, Renee DiResta

22min | Jan. 7th, 2021

“That’s the challenge with infodemics: too much information and not kno...

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Episode 55

E55: Mask Up / Linsey Marr, Kim Prather and Delphine Wallis

19min | Dec. 18th, 2020

“Masks are absolutely essential because you can’t always control when s...

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Episode 54

E54: A Smarter Way to Quarantine / Roxanne Khamsi and Jeffrey Townsend

18min | Dec. 11th, 2020

“If you’re going to be traveling, if you’re going to be in a situatio...

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Episode 53

E53: The Vaccines are Coming / Kizzmekia Corbett, Sree Chaguturu, Julie Rosenberg

24min | Dec. 4th, 2020

This, quite frankly, is our generation’s Manhattan project.  –Sree Cha...

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Episode 52

E52: Love and Care in a Pandemic

23min | Nov. 21st, 2020

“I was watching the nurses and the doctors and everyone in the healthcare...

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Episode 51

E51: Disrupting Restaurants

25min | Nov. 14th, 2020

“Food is not going to solve the world’s problems because food is itself...

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Episode 50

E50: The Post-Pandemic College Experience

21min | Nov. 6th, 2020

“There’s this toxic cocktail of low endowment per student, high tuition...

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Episode 49

E49: Lessons from the Zombie Apocalypse

23min | Oct. 30th, 2020

“We have this long history of seeking personal and individual solutions t...

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Episode 48

E48: A False Promise: Herd Immunity and Herd Mentality

26min | Oct. 23rd, 2020

“I would put this in very plain English: The way to protect the vulnerabl...

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Episode 47

E47: A Very Important Patient

25min | Oct. 16th, 2020

“What could be more political [than] the determination of whether the pre...

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Episode 46

E46: Vote Like Your Health Depends on It

23min | Oct. 9th, 2020

Healthcare is political. There’s a difference between politics and partis...

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Episode 45

E45: In for the Long-haul

25min | Oct. 2nd, 2020

“It’s not like the straight trajectory towards recovery…It very feels...

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Episode 44

E44: Science & Public Health Under Attack

23min | Sep. 25th, 2020

“Public health is one of the few agencies locally that you can guarantee ...

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Episode 43

E43: What Sports Can Teach Us About Mass Testing

21min | Sep. 18th, 2020

“I think it’s a fascinating microcosm of the situation we’re in as a ...

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Episode 42

E42: One on One with Tony Fauci

21min | Sep. 11th, 2020

“Right now … we are in the middle of it, [a] very politicized situation...

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Episode 41

E41: Back to Campus

23min | Aug. 4th, 2020

“If we want to bring students back to college, we have to redefine what c...

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Episode 40

E40: Back to School / Arne Duncan, Allison Slater Tate, Stephanie Gounder

23min | Jul. 31st, 2020

“The goal is not to reopen schools; it’s to keep schools open. And if w...

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Episode 39

E39: Invisible Women / Ai-jen Poo, Susie Rivera, Glewna Joseph

23min | Jul. 28th, 2020

“Now that we see them, my hope is that our field of vision about who is w...

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Episode 38

E38: Shoe-Leather Epidemiology

22min | Jul. 24th, 2020

“I literally love my job… and being able to wake up and the end of the ...

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Episode 37

E37: Seeking Sanctuary / Julie Levey, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Pastor Jamal Bryant

27min | Jun. 21st, 2020

“I don’t have any plans on returning in the immediate future. I don’t...

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Episode 36

E36: Alone Together / Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Lucy Flamm, Jeff Howe, Jackie Jones

20min | Jul. 17th, 2020

“Loneliness is something we hear a lot from individuals in our community....

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Episode 35

E35: What’s Essential Health Care in a Pandemic? / Cecile Richards and Kersha Diebel

21min | Jul. 14th, 2020

“…the pandemic has simply highlighted for some people that hypocrisy, w...

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Episode 34

E34: Hands-On / Nicola Corl, Shannon Adams, Latia Curtis

22min | Jul. 10th, 2020

“They say, you need to keep a minimum of six feet distance between people...

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Episode 33

E33: The Privilege of Immunity / Kathryn Olivarius, Juanita Mora, Esha Bhandari

22min | Jul. 7th, 2020

“An immunity passport system would create a two-tier system because it wo...

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Episode 32

E32: Epidemics Change History / Josh Loomis, Frank Snowdon

26min | Jun. 30th, 2020

“Just like cholera exposed the weaknesses in European society, COVID is d...

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Episode 31

E31: A Patchwork Pandemic / Ed Yong, Howard Koh

26min | Jun. 26th, 2020

“We all believe that we need a national plan in the face of a national em...

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Episode 30

E30: A Second Wave? / Howard Markel

26min | Jun. 19th, 2020

“So when will it come back? You know, I’m a historian, so I’m uncomfo...

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Episode 29

E29: A Magic Bullet? Monoclonal Antibodies / James Crowe

29min | Jun. 16th, 2020

“In our case, we’re trying to transfer an antibody from one person to a...

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Episode 28

E28: The Political Psychology of Pandemics / Michele Gelfand, Howard Lavine

34min | Jun. 12th, 2020

“In the United States, we have a relatively low threat history. We’re s...

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Episode 27

E27: Convalescent Plasma / Arturo Casadevall, Michael Busch

28min | Jun. 9th, 2020

“With penicillin, for example, you needed a few days to begin to get bett...

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Episode 26

E26: Indigenous Peoples / Rebecca Nagle, Melissa Begay, Jamescita Peshlakai

30min | Jun. 5th, 2020

“I think there’s always sort of like Indian humor with everything and s...

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Episode 25

E25: A COVID Vaccine / Seth Berkeley, Peter Hotez

33min | Jun. 3rd, 2020

“Terrible diseases like smallpox, polio, yellow fever where, you know, th...

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Episode 24

E24: Is the CDC MIA? / Jim Curran, Mark Rosenberg

31min | May. 29th, 2020

“I think there are some people who are afraid that the truth will hurt th...

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Episode 23

E23: Our Immune System versus the Virus / Stanley Perlman, Jon Yewdell

21min | May. 26th, 2020

“Antibodies are the easiest part of the immune system to measure. It’s ...

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Episode 22

E22: A False Choice: The Economy versus Public Health / Rashad Robinson, Alicia Garza, Marshall Ganz

23min | May. 22nd, 2020

“Every night… we are literally cheering and clapping and beeping our ho...

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Episode 21

E21: Are Antibodies the Holy Grail? / Kaitlyn Sadtler, Matt Memoli

25min | May. 19th, 2020

“A lot of people don’t realize this, but there are other cold-inducing ...

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Episode 20

E20: Not Business as Usual / Geoff Baird, Celine Gounder

32min | May. 15th, 2020

“Still, like 90% of our patients are COVID patients. This is still not no...

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Episode 19

E19: A Return to Sports, a Return to “Normal” Life?

25min | May. 12th, 2020

“I can’t stress this enough. Rudy Gobert testing positive was the best ...

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Episode 18

E18: Without Shelter in a Storm / Rosanne Haggerty, Jake Maguire, Cindy Funkhouser

16min | May. 12th, 2020

“It’s scary for everybody, but imagine yourself being someone that can...

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Episode 17

E17: Getting Prepared / John Lynch, Syra Madad, Reid Wilson

21min | May. 5th, 2020

“We want to make sure everybody’s prepared because we know COVID 19 is ...

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Episode 16

E16: Good and Bad Bosses / Adam Grant, William Kassler, Katie McGrath

28min | May. 1st, 2020

“We’re not working from home because we want to. Many of us are working...

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Episode 15

E15: Health Coverage in a Pandemic / Donald Berwick, Karen Pollitz

38min | Apr. 28th, 2020

“COVID-19 is the great revealer. It’s showing every crack and fault in ...

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Episode 14

E14: Disability Shouldn’t Be A Liability / Maggie Hassan, Rebecca Cokley

27min | Apr. 24th, 2020

“Resources that we’ve been using as reasonable accommodations are now b...

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Episode 13

E13: A Black Plague / Helene Gayle, Aletha Maybank

22min | Apr. 21st, 2020

“As a nation, we’ve got to put in place a public health system that inc...

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Episode 12

E12: Covid and Punishment

24min | Apr. 17th, 2020

“There’s no social distancing in the prisons, almost no protective gear...

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Episode 11

E11: Surviving COVID / David Lat

29min | Apr. 14th, 2020

“The other point I made about ventilators is, they’re not a panacea. Ma...

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Episode 10

E10: Dr Tony Fauci: From One Pandemic to Another

24min | Apr. 10th, 2020

“I mean, many of us spent the whole ‘80’s in a state of terror, knowi...

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Episode 9

Ep 9: Did Anybody See This Coming? / Juliette Kayyem

25min | Apr. 6th, 2020

“It’s not an on/off switch. We are living with coronavirus until we get...

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Episode 8

Ep. 8: Unequal: Race, Status, and COVID-19

32min | Apr. 3rd, 2020

“People who don’t have access to medical care, people who don’t have ...

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Episode 7

Ep 7: The Destiny of Nations Depends on How They Feed Themselves

27min | Mar. 31st, 2020

“I think today we are going to be doing roughly 125,000 meals across Amer...

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Episode 6

Ep 6: We All Count: Civil Rights & Coronavirus

30min | Mar. 27th, 2020

“The nation is confronting this kind of social distancing and quarantine ...

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Episode 5

Ep 5: On the Frontlines and in People’s Minds / Adam Grant

32min | Mar. 24th, 2020

“I have to say it’s really weird to be at Bellevue right now. On the on...

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Episode 4

Ep 4: Our Health System’s in Trouble

34min | Mar. 20th, 2020

“I think as we get testing capability out, and we get the ability to trea...

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Episode 3

Ep 3: Flatten the Curve

34min | Mar. 13th, 2020

“The goal is to try to keep as many people from being infected for as lon...

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Episode 2

E2: The Test Kit Debacle

33min | Mar. 5th, 2020

Our special guest this week is Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the ...

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Episode 1

Ep 1: Do we need a coronavirus czar?

32min | Feb. 28th, 2020

“We cannot build a wall, a real wall, or a metaphorical wall to keep this...

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Bonus

Episode 3

Speaking Truth to COVID / Stacey Abrams

30min | Apr. 25th, 2020

“We are not ready to put at risk the lives of those who are going to be o...

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Episode 2

A False Dichotomy: Airborne versus Droplet, Roxanne Khamsi, Lydia Bourouiba

40min | Mar. 20th, 2020

On March 14, 2020, Roxanne Khamsi published an article in Wired magazine: T...

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Episode 1

Running Out of Time / Michael Donnelly

35min | Mar. 20th, 2020

Michael Donnelly is a professional data scientist, policy researcher, and e...

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