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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

In the Bubble: From the Frontline‪s‬ Lemonada Media

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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

    Can the Arts Survive COVID? (with Marc, Jonah, and Ben Platt)

    Can the Arts Survive COVID? (with Marc, Jonah, and Ben Platt)

    Dr. Bob learns how COVID-19 has affected the movie and live theater industries from Marc, Jonah, and Ben Platt. They discuss what it was like when everything had to shut down, how the arts have adapted, and what they think the return to normalcy will look like. Plus, Marc and Ben detail what it was like shooting the Dear Evan Hansen movie with the new COVID-19 protocols in place.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Ben Platt is on Twitter and Instagram @BenSPLATT. Jonah Platt is on Twitter and Instagram @JonahPlatt.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. 

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Watch The Platt Brothers’ entire performance from the Graduate Together virtual ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYWeyZRMwGY
    Learn more about the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen movie: https://deadline.com/2021/01/dear-evan-hansen-movie-release-date-ben-platt-amy-adams-julianne-moore-1234683675/ 
    Check out Ben’s music on his website: https://www.benplattmusic.com/ 
    Keep up with all of Jonah’s work at his website: https://jonahplatt.com/ 
    Watch Ben and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen sing “You Will be Found” on The Late Late Show with James Corden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_10msPMEick 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 57 min
    How Science Became Political (with Peter Hotez)

    How Science Became Political (with Peter Hotez)

    Dr. Bob gives us a masterclass on vaccines with Baylor College of Medicine Dean Dr. Peter Hotez. Bob and Peter get into the variants, delaying the second dose, and the state of vaccinations around the world. They also discuss Peter’s work combating science misinformation, which caused him to be labeled the “OG Villain” by a prominent anti-vaccine personality.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Peter Hotez on Twitter @PeterHotez. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Order Peter’s latest book, Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-Science: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/preventing-next-pandemic 
    Read Peter’s article about the dangers of anti-science: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3001068 
    Learn about the Baylor COVID-19 vaccine’s clinical trials in India: https://www.bcm.edu/news/biological-e-limited-and-baylor-covid-19-vaccine-begins-clinical-trial-in-india 
    Keep track of global vaccination rates here: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 47 min
    Andy Slavitt from Inside the White House

    Andy Slavitt from Inside the White House

    Dr. Bob catches up with Andy ahead of one of his White House COVID-19 press conferences to chat about what he’s been up to since temporarily leaving the show for a role in the Biden administration. They talk about the variants, the vaccines, and the administration's commitment to equity. Plus, a reflection on the U.S. passing 500,000 deaths, and how that’s pushing Andy to work even harder to bring an end to the pandemic.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. And be sure to check out his new Twitter handle @aslavitt46.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Watch President Biden’s full address at the vigil marking 500,000 COVID deaths in the United States:  https://youtu.be/yCqua2rE0LA 
    Read more about the FDA’s new guidelines for vaccine developers addressing virus variants: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-issues-policies-guide-medical-product-developers-addressing-virus 
    Listen to Andy on The Hugh Hewitt Show talking about the vaccine rollout: https://hughhewitt.com/video/wh-covid-response-teams-andy-slavitt-and-hoovers-lanhee-chen-on-vaccine-rollout-variant-risk/ 
    Check out the CDC’s updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Toolkit: Safe Or Not Safe

    Toolkit: Safe Or Not Safe

    Can I hug Grandma after her vaccine? It's time for Dr. Bob's first Safe or Not Safe with Drs. Caitlin Rivers and Farzad Mostashari. This time, they cover post-vaccine activities. Can you go to the gym? Hang out with friends? Have Grandpa over? Go to Burning Man? All that and more on this toolkit episode of Safe or Not Safe. 

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Caitlin Rivers @cmyeaton and Farzad Mostashari @Farzad_MD on Twitter.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Check out the CDC’s answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html 
    Read more about the CDC’s updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html
    Learn more about UC Berkeley’s ban on outdoor exercise: https://www.today.com/health/uc-berkeley-bans-outdoor-exercise-amid-covid-19-outbreak-t208900 
    Check out this Washington Post op-ed calling for clearer guidelines on what’s safe to do after vaccination: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/16/vaccinated-need-know-whats-safe-them-do/ 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons from the Pandemic (with Don Berwick)

    Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons from the Pandemic (with Don Berwick)

    Dr. Bob dials up Dr. Donald Berwick for a big-picture discussion about improving healthcare – generally, and as it relates to COVID. Don talks about the origins of the patient safety movement, his time running the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and what lessons he's taking away from the pandemic. Plus, how to tackle the longstanding inequities in health care – and beyond – in America.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Don Berwick on Twitter @donberwick. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Keep up with all the work being done at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) at their website: http://www.ihi.org/ 
    Check out the book Don mentioned, The Health Gap by Michael Marmot: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-health-gap-9781632860781/
    Learn more about the Swiss Cheese Model of pandemic defense: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/05/health/coronavirus-swiss-cheese-infection-mackay.html 
    Read the 1999 Institute of Medicine report on medical mistakes that Bob mentions in today’s episode: https://www.nap.edu/resource/9728/To-Err-is-Human-1999--report-brief.pdf 
    Watch Don’s full 2012 Harvard Medical School commencement speech: https://youtu.be/wmEbO58chac 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    The Case For Reopening Schools (with Emily Oster)

    The Case For Reopening Schools (with Emily Oster)

    Dr. Bob calls up Brown economist Emily Oster to discuss one of the most complicated and controversial issues of the pandemic: what to do about schools. Emily created the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, a database that indicates that schools aren't a significant source of COVID-19 spread. She also talks about how the school debate ended up getting politicized, what it's like doing real-time data analysis, what elements need to be in place for successful school reopening, and how she’s managed her own kids during the pandemic.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Emily Oster on Twitter @ProfEmilyOster. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Find a link to the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard here: https://covidschooldashboard.com/ 
    Read the CDC’s new guidelines for reopening schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/K-12-Operational-Strategy-2021-2-12.pdf
    Pre-order Emily’s latest book, The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/639450/the-family-firm-by-emily-oster/ 
    Keep up with all of Emily’s work at her website: https://emilyoster.net/ 
    Read more about those advocating to make 3 feet the default distance between people in schools: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/12/three-feet-social-distancing-schools-coronavirus/ 
    Check out the CDC report that Bob mentions in today’s episode on the NFL’s response to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004e2.htm 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min

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yamomomma ,

Dr. Bob Hotez Interview

Many thanks to Dr. Hotez for his decades of vaccine research, tireless advocacy for truth in science and willingness to speak out against the anti-vaccine movement that continues to endanger (and cost) so many lives. We are indebted to the work of Dr. Hotez, Dr. Wachter and so many others. And most especially to Andy Slavitt, for launching In The Bubble last year to help listeners like me understand the facts about this once-in-lifetime pandemic and give us hope by always sharing the truth about where we are and where we’re going. God Bless!

hemymax2 ,

Dr Zeke

The best podcast w/Andy Dr. Bob on everything COVID. Loved the safe/mitigating risk podcast for vaccinated ppl. Please have this type of venue on every week-would love to see Dr Fauci/Osterholm take questions on what we can do between vaccinated vs vaccinated. We r big international travelers and would love thoughts on is it safe, mitigating risk.

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Great information

I am so glad I found this podcast. I have already learned so much!

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