11 episodes

Driven by a pandemic unprecedented in our lifetimes —a virus that has killed our neighbors, our friends, our families—we are witnesses to the massive international effort to create COVID-19 vaccines and get shots in arms. The vaccines were developed in record time, but they evolved from centuries of experimentation and science. “LONG SHOT: THE 250-YEAR JOURNEY TO THE COVID-19 VACCINES” travels back in time to the long-forgotten first inoculators and connects them to the research, methods, and people behind today's vaccines.

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    • 3.9 • 173 Ratings

Driven by a pandemic unprecedented in our lifetimes —a virus that has killed our neighbors, our friends, our families—we are witnesses to the massive international effort to create COVID-19 vaccines and get shots in arms. The vaccines were developed in record time, but they evolved from centuries of experimentation and science. “LONG SHOT: THE 250-YEAR JOURNEY TO THE COVID-19 VACCINES” travels back in time to the long-forgotten first inoculators and connects them to the research, methods, and people behind today's vaccines.

    The Super Episode

    The Super Episode

    The final episode of Long Shot travels millions of years into the past to when coronaviruses first appeared, and brings us back to the future of COVID vaccines. With a hell of a lot of vaccine milestones in between. 

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    • 37 min
    Frankenvirus

    Frankenvirus

    The future of coronavirus vaccines may be an engineered spike protein called HexaPro. And it's carried into the human body by a bird disease. We'll learn how it works, and ask why one of this vaccine's creators brought the 1918 flu back from the dead. 

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    • 21 min
    Puke Worms

    Puke Worms

    Marina wanted companionship during the loneliness of quarantine, so she got a COVID pet. But nothing went as planned.  


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    • 29 min
    A Human Challenge

    A Human Challenge

    Meet Jacob Hopkins, one of the first people to contract COVID-19 on purpose. He's part of the first human challenge trial for coronavirus. 

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    • 32 min
    Long COVID

    Long COVID

    Some coronavirus patients have never recovered. They suffer vivid dreams, insomnia, and a host of other weird symptoms that are nothing like the respiratory illness we think of as COVID-19. They have long COVID, and they’ve had it since the beginning of the pandemic.  

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    • 33 min
    Immature Cells

    Immature Cells

    Moderna started with essentially zero employees before becoming one of the biggest names in COVID-19 vaccines. We'll speak with the company's founders. And we'll find out what role Jennifer Aniston played in that origin story.  

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

Tendtocreate ,

Great Listen!

Easy listen, and informative. However, as others have said, skip Puke Worms. They try and give you a content warning and basically anticipate that you’ll be mad about the outcome, and you will be, but it’s also annoying that it’s just not as relevant as everything they cover leading up to this. It’s the odd one out, and I still recommend listening to the episodes leading up to Puke Worms.

msmandylynn10 ,

Great pod until Puke Worms

It was a great pod until the puke worms episode. It wasn’t pertinent to the story and seemed to have been used for shock value. It was completely unnecessary. I’m sorry that this owner wasn’t properly prepared for a puppy. Maybe it would have been a good idea to research puppy owning (especially a pure breed). She seems to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about the dog not being house broken. The worm problem would have been eliminated with the dewormer, so I’m unclear as to why there would have been a problem wth crating her dog while she was away at work like so many of us have to do. I am sorry that she herself was ill, but unfortunately that is always a risk when you own dogs. I’ve worked in vet med for 20+ years and have never considered myself one of the bleeding hearts like some others, but I’ve heard all of the excuses and that is what this was, excuses. Shame on the creators of this pod for even including it.

Adman87 ,

Remove the episode puke worms

Good podcast. Skip the episode puke worms.

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