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James Hamblin is a doctor. Katherine Wells is not. But she has a lot of questions. Listen in as Jim and Katherine keep in touch with other journalists, experts, and friends about the latest science and health news⁠—and, more important, what to do with it.
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James Hamblin is a doctor. Katherine Wells is not. But she has a lot of questions. Listen in as Jim and Katherine keep in touch with other journalists, experts, and friends about the latest science and health news⁠—and, more important, what to do with it.
Email us with questions, stories, or feedback at socialdistance@theatlantic.com.

    Who Gets The Next Shot?

    Who Gets The Next Shot?

    Dr. Ruth Faden, an expert in biomedical ethics with Johns Hopkins University, has helped vaccine drives answer some tough questions: Who should be ahead of who? Do we prioritize speed or equity? And once people are inoculated, should they get ‘vaccine passports’ allowing freer movement?
    She joins James Hamblin and guest host Maeve Higgins to assess how we’ve done — and what we could expect next.
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    • 36 min
    Mutations

    Mutations

    Last month, we learned about the “UK variant.” Now, more mutations from South Africa and Brazil have made headlines. How bad are they? And should you change anything you’re doing already?

    Dr. Vineet Menachery, a virologist at the Galveston National Laboratory who studies coronaviruses, joins to explain.

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    • 38 min
    How Badly Is Vaccination Going?

    How Badly Is Vaccination Going?

    We were supposed to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of the year. We’ve fallen well short of that. Should we be worried?
    Jim and Katherine are joined by Juliette Kayyem, a former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security who ran intergovernmental efforts like the one behind the vaccine rollout. She explains what’s going on, what the problems have been, and why we shouldn’t be too concerned (yet).
    They’re also joined by a listener named Craig seeking advice on a tough situation: when can you travel to see an ill family member?
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    • 38 min
    The Vaccine is Here! What Now?

    The Vaccine is Here! What Now?

    We're very relieved, but now entering the strange time of vaccine purgatory.
    Staff writer Sarah Zhang joins Jim and Katherine to answer your questions.
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    • 37 min
    Americans Are Going Hungry

    Americans Are Going Hungry

    The pandemic has brought unprecedented economic suffering and yet, Congress hasn’t passed new relief since March. As politicians attempt to negotiate a package before the holidays, Americans are going hungry. How could we have let it go on so long? What about our politics let it get so bad?
    Jim and Katherine talk with Atlantic staff writer David A. Graham and Luis Guardia, president of the Food Research and Action Center.
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    • 33 min
    Misinformation Mailbag

    Misinformation Mailbag

    Listeners have written in with questions on all kinds of pandemic misinformation about masks, supplements, vaccines, and more. So this week, Jim and Katherine talk about conspiracy theories, false remedies, and how to talk to the people that believe in them.
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    • 34 min

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