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When public health is threatened on a mass scale, we have a long history of working together to take on the challenge. As the host of Wondery’s American Innovations, Steven Johnson has told the stories of some of the most crucial breakthroughs in health, medicine, and technology. He’s also the author of one of the seminal books on epidemics, “The Ghost Map.”
On this new weekly series, Steven will speak with experts from the worlds of health and technology about how the current moment compares with past pandemics, and what the coming months might look like. What will it take to develop a COVID-19 vaccine? How will our educational system change? How can crowdsourcing help us battle the spread of the coronavirus? We’ve vanquished more dangerous threats before. Let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle this one together.

Fighting Coronavirus, from American Innovations Wondery

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 182 Ratings

When public health is threatened on a mass scale, we have a long history of working together to take on the challenge. As the host of Wondery’s American Innovations, Steven Johnson has told the stories of some of the most crucial breakthroughs in health, medicine, and technology. He’s also the author of one of the seminal books on epidemics, “The Ghost Map.”
On this new weekly series, Steven will speak with experts from the worlds of health and technology about how the current moment compares with past pandemics, and what the coming months might look like. What will it take to develop a COVID-19 vaccine? How will our educational system change? How can crowdsourcing help us battle the spread of the coronavirus? We’ve vanquished more dangerous threats before. Let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle this one together.

    Wondery presents Do No Harm

    Wondery presents Do No Harm

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    From Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. 

    Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.

    • 4 min
    Introducing Kamala: Next In Line

    Introducing Kamala: Next In Line

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    If she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she?

    Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment. 

    • 6 min
    Larry Brilliant on Why We Need a Global Covid Response

    Larry Brilliant on Why We Need a Global Covid Response

    There are few people who have thought more about pandemics than epidemiologist Larry Brilliant. He worked with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox. He’s fought polio and blindness in India. And, in his 2006 TED Prize talk, he warned the audience that a pandemic was coming “within your children or your grandchildren's lifetime.”

    He was right. What he couldn’t predict, though, was how mismanaged our response would be – and how quickly we’d set aside the lessons we learned defeating smallpox. As Larry tells Steven, “We have to work together… and we're not doing it so far.”

    Watch Larry’s Ted Prize acceptance speech: https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_my_wish_help_me_stop_pandemics?language=en

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    • 26 min
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    The coronavirus has put our lives on pause, but it’s kicked the science behind vaccines into hyperdrive. Science writer Carl Zimmer walks Steven through some of the radical new approaches to making vaccines – and gives his best-case/worst-case scenarios for when a vaccine will be ready. Also: we get answers, kind of, about what’s up with Russia. And Steven drops a Taylor Swift reference. 

    Read Carl’s latest on the vaccine race in the New York Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/by/carl-zimmer

    • 22 min
    Back to School

    Back to School

    Back-to-school season is here, but students across the country aren’t going anywhere. Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s education correspondent, returns to the show to shed light on the greatest educational crisis of our time. How can we safely reopen schools? And what can we learn from countries that have tried – and failed?

    Listen to Anya’s stories for NPR at https://www.npr.org/people/302894536/anya-kamenetz.

    • 18 min
    How We Can Still Win

    How We Can Still Win

    When National Geographic science editor Nsikan Akpan began researching his latest article on the coronavirus, he asked every scientist he talked to the same question: Has the U.S. already lost? Every scientist said no – but we need a better game plan.

     

    On this week’s episode, Nsikan tells Steven what we’ve been getting wrong – and what the new game plan should look like.

     

    You can find Nsikan Akpan’s articles, including “Here’s How To Stop The Coronavirus From Winning,” at natgeo.com/coronavirus.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

2makakos ,

Great and informative

Not super biased like many podcasts on the topic are.

EKBSOS ,

Hello? Anyone home? Outdated

Where did you go? Not that interesting before but why are you still the top covid resource? Outdated.

Amigirl1 ,

Biased

Proclaiming New York as a model is ridiculous. Elderly sent back to nursing homes, the number of deaths and berating Florida for an increase is poor. Florida has twice the population, a significant higher elderly population yet a third of the cases and deaths that New York has had. Subways, germ breeders and yet they allowed people to travel without any attempt to clean and sanitize.

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