6 episodes

This is a detective story that’s unsolved. Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining the genome of the virus, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic.

Curious Coincidence MIT Technology Review

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    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

This is a detective story that’s unsolved. Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining the genome of the virus, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic.

    Origins

    Origins

    Why we need to find the truth, and the “curious coincidence” that set off a battle over covid-19’s origin.

    We Meet:
    Peter Ben Embarek, WHO program manager and covid-19 origins mission leader
    Jesse Bloom, virologist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Alina Chan, postdoc, Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard
    Natasha Loder, health policy editor with The Economist
     
    Links:
    On Finding Answers, by Natasha Loder on Substack
    They called it a conspiracy theory. But Alina Chan tweeted life into the idea that the virus came from a lab, MIT Technology Review
    No one can find the animal that gave people covid-19, MIT Technology Review

    Credits:
    Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.
    The series was created by Antonio Regalado and Jennifer Strong and produced by Anthony Green, Luke Robert Mason and Lindsay Muscato, with help from Emma Cillekens. The executive producer is Golda Arthur.
    Theme music was composed and recorded by Jacob Gorski, with Ben Tolliday on cello and Ben Haeuser on woodwinds. The episodes contain original scoring and sound design by Garret Lang.
    Art direction by Eric Mongeon with illustration by Selman Design.
    The series was edited by Michael Reilly, David Rotman and Jennifer Strong, with fact checking by Matt Mahoney.

    • 33 min
    Sleuths

    Sleuths

    A group of self-appointed online investigators decide to investigate a Chinese lab. Their findings only deepen doubts.

    We meet:
    The Seeker, internet sleuth
    Rowan Jacobsen, journalist
     
    Links:
    Meet the scientist at the center of the covid lab leak controversy, MIT Technology Review

    Credits:
    Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.
    The series was created by Antonio Regalado and Jennifer Strong and produced by Anthony Green, Luke Robert Mason and Lindsay Muscato, with help from Emma Cillekens. The executive producer is Golda Arthur.
    Theme music was composed and recorded by Jacob Gorski, with Ben Tolliday on cello and Ben Haeuser on woodwinds. The episodes contain original scoring and sound design by Garret Lang.
    Art direction by Eric Mongeon with illustration by Selman Design.
    The series was edited by Michael Reilly, David Rotman and Jennifer Strong, with fact checking by Matt Mahoney.

    • 23 min
    Labs

    Labs

    Lab accidents have caused disease outbreaks before, and accidents are more common - and kept more secret - than you think.

    We Meet:
    Alison Young, journalism professor, Missouri School of Journalism
    Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and associate professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
     
    Links:
    Biolabs in your backyard, USA Today
    The Reemergent 1977 H1N1 Strain and the Gain-of-Function Debate, Michelle Rozo & Gigi Gronvall, ASM Journals
    Influenza: Old and New Threats, Peter Palese, Nature Medicine

    Credits:
    Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.
    The series was created by Antonio Regalado and Jennifer Strong and produced by Anthony Green, Luke Robert Mason and Lindsay Muscato, with help from Emma Cillekens. The executive producer is Golda Arthur.
    Theme music was composed and recorded by Jacob Gorski, with Ben Tolliday on cello and Ben Haeuser on woodwinds. The episodes contain original scoring and sound design by Garret Lang.
    Art direction by Eric Mongeon with illustration by Selman Design.
    The series was edited by Michael Reilly, David Rotman and Jennifer Strong, with fact checking by Matt Mahoney.

    • 26 min
    China

    China

    Scientists zero in on a market in the city of Wuhan as the place the pandemic started. But information on China’s wild-animal trade is hard to uncover.

    We Meet:
    Michael Standaert, freelance journalist based in China
    Alex Crits-Christoph, bioinformatician, Johns Hopkins University
    Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser
    Ho-fung Hung, political economist, Johns Hopkins University
     
    Links:
    No one can find the animal that gave people covid-19, MIT Technology Review
    In search for coronavirus origins, Hubei caves and wildlife farms draw new scrutiny, The Washington Post
    The Huanan market was the epicenter of SARS-CoV-2 emergence, Zenodo
    Holding Beijing Accountable For The Coronavirus Is Not Racist, Journal of Political Risk
     

    Credits:
    Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.
    The series was created by Antonio Regalado and Jennifer Strong and produced by Anthony Green, Luke Robert Mason and Lindsay Muscato, with help from Emma Cillekens. The executive producer is Golda Arthur.
    Theme music was composed and recorded by Jacob Gorski, with Ben Tolliday on cello and Ben Haeuser on woodwinds. The episodes contain original scoring and sound design by Garret Lang.
    Art direction by Eric Mongeon with illustration by Selman Design.
    The series was edited by Michael Reilly, David Rotman and Jennifer Strong, with fact checking by Matt Mahoney.

    • 34 min
    Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    Is some knowledge too dangerous to possess? Covid-19 has put cutting-edge research on pandemic germs under the spotlight. 

    We Meet:
    Rowan Jacobsen, journalist
    Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and associate professor
    Kevin Esvelt, professor and head of Sculpting Evolution Group, MIT Media Lab
     
    Links:
    Senator Paul and Dr. Fauci Clash Over Research Funding of Wuhan Lab, C-SPAN
    Inside the risky bat-virus engineering that links America to Wuhan, MIT Technology Review
    “We never created a supervirus.” Ralph Baric explains gain-of-function research, MIT Technology Review
    Manipulating viruses and risking pandemics is too dangerous. It’s time to stop, Washington Post
     
    Credits:
    Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation. The series was created by Antonio Regalado and Jennifer Strong and produced by Anthony Green, Luke Robert Mason and Lindsay Muscato, with help from Emma Cillekens. The executive producer is Golda Arthur. Theme music was composed and recorded by Jacob Gorski, with Ben Tolliday on cello and Ben Haeuser on woodwinds. The episodes contain original scoring and sound design by Garret Lang. Art direction by Eric Mongeon with illustration by Selman Design. The series was edited by Michael Reilly, David Rotman and Jennifer Strong, with fact checking by Matt Mahoney.

    • 35 min
    Welcome to Curious Coincidence

    Welcome to Curious Coincidence

    This is a detective story that’s unsolved. Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining the genome of the virus, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic.
    A five part investigation from MIT Technology Review.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Diana from Northbrook ,

Courageous

It must be very inconvenient to speak truth against academic establishment and the media

aurndjdneb ,

Like Detective Murphy said…

“In life there are no coincidences.”

Brilliant important podcast exploring the origin of covid. Worth the listen

Ron33884 ,

Walter Cronkite would be proud

An objective series that puts together facts without the narrative that is so common in just about all mainstream media today. Please keep up the fantastic work on this podcast.

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