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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

In the Bubble: From the Frontline‪s‬ Lemonada Media

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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

    Andy Slavitt from Inside the White House

    Andy Slavitt from Inside the White House

    Dr. Bob catches up with Andy ahead of one of his White House COVID-19 press conferences to chat about what he’s been up to since temporarily leaving the show for a role in the Biden administration. They talk about the variants, the vaccines, and the administration's commitment to equity. Plus, a reflection on the U.S. passing 500,000 deaths, and how that’s pushing Andy to work even harder to bring an end to the pandemic.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. And be sure to check out his new Twitter handle @aslavitt46.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Watch President Biden’s full address at the vigil marking 500,000 COVID deaths in the United States:  https://youtu.be/yCqua2rE0LA 
    Read more about the FDA’s new guidelines for vaccine developers addressing virus variants: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-issues-policies-guide-medical-product-developers-addressing-virus 
    Listen to Andy on The Hugh Hewitt Show talking about the vaccine rollout: https://hughhewitt.com/video/wh-covid-response-teams-andy-slavitt-and-hoovers-lanhee-chen-on-vaccine-rollout-variant-risk/ 
    Check out the CDC’s updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 49 min
    Toolkit: Safe Or Not Safe

    Toolkit: Safe Or Not Safe

    Can I hug Grandma after her vaccine? It's time for Dr. Bob's first Safe or Not Safe with Drs. Caitlin Rivers and Farzad Mostashari. This time, they cover post-vaccine activities. Can you go to the gym? Hang out with friends? Have Grandpa over? Go to Burning Man? All that and more on this toolkit episode of Safe or Not Safe. 

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Caitlin Rivers @cmyeaton and Farzad Mostashari @Farzad_MD on Twitter.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Check out the CDC’s answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html 
    Read more about the CDC’s updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html
    Learn more about UC Berkeley’s ban on outdoor exercise: https://www.today.com/health/uc-berkeley-bans-outdoor-exercise-amid-covid-19-outbreak-t208900 
    Check out this Washington Post op-ed calling for clearer guidelines on what’s safe to do after vaccination: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/16/vaccinated-need-know-whats-safe-them-do/ 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 46 min
    Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons from the Pandemic (with Don Berwick)

    Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons from the Pandemic (with Don Berwick)

    Dr. Bob dials up Dr. Donald Berwick for a big-picture discussion about improving healthcare – generally, and as it relates to COVID. Don talks about the origins of the patient safety movement, his time running the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and what lessons he's taking away from the pandemic. Plus, how to tackle the longstanding inequities in health care – and beyond – in America.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Don Berwick on Twitter @donberwick. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Keep up with all the work being done at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) at their website: http://www.ihi.org/ 
    Check out the book Don mentioned, The Health Gap by Michael Marmot: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-health-gap-9781632860781/
    Learn more about the Swiss Cheese Model of pandemic defense: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/05/health/coronavirus-swiss-cheese-infection-mackay.html 
    Read the 1999 Institute of Medicine report on medical mistakes that Bob mentions in today’s episode: https://www.nap.edu/resource/9728/To-Err-is-Human-1999--report-brief.pdf 
    Watch Don’s full 2012 Harvard Medical School commencement speech: https://youtu.be/wmEbO58chac 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 40 min
    The Case For Reopening Schools (with Emily Oster)

    The Case For Reopening Schools (with Emily Oster)

    Dr. Bob calls up Brown economist Emily Oster to discuss one of the most complicated and controversial issues of the pandemic: what to do about schools. Emily created the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, a database that indicates that schools aren't a significant source of COVID-19 spread. She also talks about how the school debate ended up getting politicized, what it's like doing real-time data analysis, what elements need to be in place for successful school reopening, and how she’s managed her own kids during the pandemic.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Emily Oster on Twitter @ProfEmilyOster. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Find a link to the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard here: https://covidschooldashboard.com/ 
    Read the CDC’s new guidelines for reopening schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/K-12-Operational-Strategy-2021-2-12.pdf
    Pre-order Emily’s latest book, The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/639450/the-family-firm-by-emily-oster/ 
    Keep up with all of Emily’s work at her website: https://emilyoster.net/ 
    Read more about those advocating to make 3 feet the default distance between people in schools: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/12/three-feet-social-distancing-schools-coronavirus/ 
    Check out the CDC report that Bob mentions in today’s episode on the NFL’s response to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004e2.htm 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 48 min
    How to Lead During a Crisis (with Sully Sullenberger)

    How to Lead During a Crisis (with Sully Sullenberger)

    Dr. Bob talks about the importance of leadership, whether it's during a pandemic or a flight that's lost all engine power, with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The parallels between the two might not seem obvious, but Sully points out that the basic elements of good leadership can be applied in any situation. He also talks about how he and the crew landed Flight 1549 safely in the Hudson River, what lessons he took from that famous flight, and what caused him to speak out against what he calls a "vacuum of leadership" during the pandemic. Plus, what it's like to have Tom Hanks play you in a movie.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Sully Sullenberger on Twitter @Captsully. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Listen to the full audio from inside the cockpit of Flight 1549 as it was going down in the Hudson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdHW8_1Svc4 
    Check out Sully’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, urging Americans to vote for leaders who will “protect us all:” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-saved-155-lives-on-the-hudson-now-lets-vote-for-leaders-wholl-protect-us-all/2018/10/29/554fd0e6-d87c-11e8-a10f-b51546b10756_story.html 
    Learn more about the Biden administration’s new COVID-19 travel safety measures, requiring face coverings on planes: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/21/959398694/no-mask-no-fly-biden-signs-order-requiring-face-coverings-on-planes 
    Keep up with all of Sully’s work, including recent blog posts on leadership during COVID-19, at his website: http://www.sullysullenberger.com/ 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 54 min
    Inside Trump's FDA (with Stephen Hahn)

    Inside Trump's FDA (with Stephen Hahn)

    Dr. Bob gets the inside scoop of what went down inside Trump's FDA from the former commissioner himself, Dr. Stephen Hahn. In his first interview since stepping down on January 20th, Steve recounts his dizzying year heading the agency, including his decisions to grant Emergency Use Authorizations to hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma, how he ultimately defended a science-based vaccine approval process, and the unprecedented political pressure he felt throughout. Plus, how he's processing everything that happened now that he's been out of D.C. for a few weeks.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Keep up to date on everything the FDA is doing with COVID-19: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/counterterrorism-and-emerging-threats/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 
    Learn about the FDA's recent decision to update their EUA for convalescent plasma: https://www.wsj.com/articles/fda-limits-use-of-convalescent-plasma-as-covid-19-treatment-11612537239 
    Read more about the political pressure Steve says he faced while leading the FDA under President Trump: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/19/fda-trump-pressure-coronavirus-vaccine-460402 
    Check out this article on the politicized vaccine approval process: https://abcnews.go.com/US/sigh-relief-fda-chief-stephen-hahn-held-ground/story?id=74739442 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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