The Fragile Balancing Act: How Healthcare Fails America feat. Bethany McLean

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 January 2024 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book The Big Fail: What the Pandemic Revealed About Who America Protects and Who It Leaves Behind, co-authored with Joe Nocera. Discusses the paradox of America’s healthcare system – immense spending that does not equate to superior care, a disparity made glaringly obvious during the global COVID crisis. Dissects the financial interventions of recent administrations and biases that tip the scales in favor of the affluent, leaving small enterprises and the vulnerable in the lurch. Examines the swift mobilization that birthed vaccines under Operation Warp Speed, an emblem of successful government-industry collaboration amidst a turbulent political backdrop.

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The Man Who Talked Back: Jay Bhattacharya On the Fight Against Covid Lockdowns

Uncommon Knowledge | 18 May 2023 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jay Bhattacharya discussing his Santa Clara Study – a seroprevalance covid study assessing how the disease spread and impacted populations; his involvement with the Great Barrington Declaration, one of the first public declarations questioning the lockdown policies then being instituted worldwide; and his subsequent targeting and censoring by public health authorities. Reflects on those battles, the need for free speech and proper scientific debate, and how we might better manage future pandemics.

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Kyle Harper on Plagues and Covid

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 2 December 2022 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Discusses the role of the bubonic plague in the fall of the Roman Empire, the Black Death, flagellants and anti-Semitism, the plague in 17C London, the Spanish flu, the AIDS crisis, Thucydides, and the uprising over China’s covid policy.

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Vinay Prasad on the Pandemic

EconTalk | 18 July 2022 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Vinay Prasad about what we learned and didn’t learn from covid so far and how we should handle a future pandemic. Considers whether the risk of myocarditis is greater than the vaccination benefit for a healthy male teen; whether natural immunity is better than vaccination; and whether we were right to mask children.

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David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

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Gregory Zuckerman on the Crazy Race to Create the COVID Vaccine

EconTalk | 10 January 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Describes how a couple of companies that had never produced a successful vaccine developed a covid vaccine so quickly. Captures the daring, deranged, and damaged visionaries who drove one of science and medicine’s great success stories.

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Purely By Coincidence

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg | 16 November 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the evidence that covid-19 could have emerged from a lab, the implications for virological research, how to prepare for future pandemics, science more generally, and climate change.

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COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.

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