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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.

    How to Cancel Thanksgiving (Because You Should)

    How to Cancel Thanksgiving (Because You Should)

    The coronavirus, in addition to being dangerous and terrifying, also makes everything socially awkward. But now is a time to make hard decisions and have hard conversations. Jim and Katherine answer listener questions about the holidays, and explain how to say no.

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    • 36 min
    A 90% Effective Vaccine

    A 90% Effective Vaccine

    Jim and Katherine get sent to the principal (the lead principal investigator of the Pfizer vaccine trial).
    Dr. Stephen Thomas, now a key figure evaluating the Pfizer vaccine, returns to explain promising preliminary data that shows it to be 90% effective.
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    • 34 min
    ‘A Long Misunderstood Region’

    ‘A Long Misunderstood Region’

    America hit 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time today. Unlike the wave in the spring, this one is spread across the country and especially hitting rural communities.
    Carlos Sanchez, the head of public affairs for Hidalgo County in south Texas, talks about the fight that he and his home have had against COVID. Read his story in The Atlantic here. And read Adam Serwer on a Blue Texas here.

    • 26 min
    After the Vote

    After the Vote

    Could the election shape the course of the pandemic? Or is the ship too hard to turn by now? Staff writer Ed Yong joins the show to explain what a new administration can actually change—and what he worries may be built into our response now.
    Read Ed Yong’s writing about the election, how the pandemic defeated America, and why our “pandemic spiral” have led to the same repeated errors.
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    • 29 min
    People Need Help

    People Need Help

    Americans now face a third wave of the coronavirus. New lockdowns may soon follow—this time, without economic support. 
    Many provisions of the CARES Act ran out in July and Congress missed its deadline this week to pass new support before the election. We talk to Prof. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, an expert on the social safety net, about how dire the economic situation already is for many families.
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    • 36 min
    Is COVID-19 a Pre-Existing Condition?

    Is COVID-19 a Pre-Existing Condition?

    With worries about the Affordable Care Act looming over Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, an expert gives us a refresher on the landmark health law—and answers questions about what it would mean to lose the law during the pandemic. 

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    • 40 min

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