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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

    Passover, Plagues, and Coronavirus

    Passover, Plagues, and Coronavirus

    To mark the start of Passover, Idan Dershowitz, a biblical scholar and junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, discusses the ten plagues of Egypt in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 21 min
    What Happens If We Run out of Ventilators?

    What Happens If We Run out of Ventilators?

    Lydia Dugdale, the Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia University, discusses how medical supplies will likely be allocated if there are shortages.
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    • 29 min
    The Search for a Treatment

    The Search for a Treatment

    Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, discusses what treatments for COVID-19 are currently being researched, and why rushing the scientific process can be risky.
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    • 32 min
    A Nobel Prize Winner’s Suggestion for Fixing the Economy

    A Nobel Prize Winner’s Suggestion for Fixing the Economy

    Paul Romer, a Nobel Prize-winning economist at New York University, argues that we can keep the economy from tanking during the coronavirus pandemic without risking people's health. We just need many, many more tests.
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    • 29 min
    How to Stay Sane During a Pandemic

    How to Stay Sane During a Pandemic

    Laurie Santos, a Professor of Psychology at Yale, shares tips for dealing with coronavirus-induced anxiety. For further listening, check out Laurie’s podcast “The Happiness Lab,” also from Pushkin Industries.
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    • 33 min
    Fighting Coronavirus with Data

    Fighting Coronavirus with Data

    Farzad Mostashari, the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, says we need to collect better data to effectively fight the spread of the virus.
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    • 31 min

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