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We are now in the early stages of something we’ve never seen before: a global pandemic. In addition to our health, social isolation and economic uncertainty have left us scrambling to understand our new normal and wondering what the future holds. From his own bubble, health care leader, turnaround expert and #stayhome architect Andy Slavitt is making it his mission to give Americans critical information in real-time but also hope for a path forward. He reminds us of what we can achieve and the deep sense of solidarity that we need during these trying times. Andy is joined each week by leading scientists, cultural icons, and political leaders—together, they will help us process, understand, and adjust to the changes around us.

In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt Lemonada Media

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We are now in the early stages of something we’ve never seen before: a global pandemic. In addition to our health, social isolation and economic uncertainty have left us scrambling to understand our new normal and wondering what the future holds. From his own bubble, health care leader, turnaround expert and #stayhome architect Andy Slavitt is making it his mission to give Americans critical information in real-time but also hope for a path forward. He reminds us of what we can achieve and the deep sense of solidarity that we need during these trying times. Andy is joined each week by leading scientists, cultural icons, and political leaders—together, they will help us process, understand, and adjust to the changes around us.

    The Epidemic of Racism (with DeRay Mckesson)

    The Epidemic of Racism (with DeRay Mckesson)

    Andy talks to DeRay Mckesson about another epidemic sweeping the country — violence by the police against Black people. They talk data and policy solutions, and DeRay provides a personal and comprehensive view of what’s been going on across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Then Andy calls disability activist Sinéad Burke in Ireland to provide a global perspective on militarized police and what we can learn about disability and accessibility in a pandemic.
    Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.
     
    Find DeRay on Twitter @deray and on Instagram @iamderay. Listen to Pod Save the People at https://crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-people/
     
    Follow Sinéad @TheSinéadBurke on Twitter and Instagram. 
    Listen to 
    As Me with Sinéad
    https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/as-me-with-Sinéad-burke/
     and pre-order her book at https://www.Sinéad-burke.com/break-the-mould

     
    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/
     
    Check out our fantastic show sponsors this week! 
    -       Talkspace online therapy works with thousands of licensed therapists. Use the promo code BUBBLE to get $100 off your first month and help support the show at talkspace.com
    -       Find new ways to help stay safe and healthy during these challenging weeks. Explore resources from the JED Foundation including journaling workshops, meditation guides, virtual concerts, and more at www.loveislouder.org/bubble 
    -       Curious about how to transition back into a more socially connected life? Subscribe to the podcast Can We All Come Out Now? to hear stories of people who have done it before, wherever you get your podcasts. And check out their website here: https://bit.ly/3duqPH4  
     
    DeRay and Sinéad shared so many resources in this episode! Follow up on those leads: 

    -       Visit Campaign Zero at https://www.joincampaignzero.org and check out their new initiative to clarify the eight things that need to happen to demilitarize the police at #8can’twait and www.useofforceproject.org/#project
    -       Examine the data on police violence for yourself. DeRay is a creator of www.mappingpoliceviolence.org, the most comprehensive database of police violence in the country. In this episode, DeRay also talked about the Washington Post police shootings database (https://wapo.st/2XUK6uP) and the Fatal Encounters database (www.fatalencounters.org)
    -       Want more from Deray? Pick up a copy of his book at https://deray.com/
    -       Watch Sinéad’s TED Talk: 
    https://www.ted.com/talks/Sinéad_burke_why_design_should_include_everyone?language=en

    -       Who gets medical care? https://nyti.ms/3gGTzhQ, https://nyti.ms/2MpCNGk, and https://unitedstatesofcare.org/blog/covid-19-doesnt-discriminate-neither-care/
    -       The Ruderman Family Foundation (https://rudermanfoundation.org/) published a report on disability and police violence: https://bit.ly/2U3Wg3r
    -       Follow Rebecca Cokley @RebeccaCokley, Leah Katz-Hernandez @leahkh, Maria Town @maria_m_town, Imani Barbarin @Imani_Barbarin, Tinu @Tinu, TheDisabilityEnthusiast @twitchyspoonie, Vilissa Thompson @VilissaThompson, Keah Brown @Keah_Maria, Alice Wong @SFdirewolf, Mia Mingus @miamingus (and follow #disabilitysowhite & #disabledblacktalk)
     
    Check out In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a new advice show from Lemonada Media about all things addiction: http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/
     
    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.
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mini-Episode: Al Schools Andy (with Al Franken)

    Mini-Episode: Al Schools Andy (with Al Franken)

    Andy calls his friend Al Franken and they ramble about holding people accountable, bearing witness, Zach’s burden, and being a grandparent during the pandemic. Mostly, they talk about ways Andy can do a much better job. The episode is dedicated to the memory of George Floyd and healing the city of Minneapolis. 
    Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt, and find Al Franken at https://alfranken.com/and on Twitter and Instagram @alfranken
     
    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/
     
    Check out our fantastic show sponsors this week! 
    -       Teladoc provides access to certified doctors from the comfort and safety of home. Register now at https://www.teladoc.com/
    -       Kinsa Health is a public health company dedicated to stopping the spread of illness through early detection and early response. Check out their health app and smart thermometers at kinsahealth.co and visit healthweather.us to see leading indicators of future COVID-19 hotspots. 
     
    Here are some other important resources from today’s show:
    -       Hear Al Franken and his many wonderful podcast guests here: https://alfranken.com/listen
    -       Find the George Packer article “We Are Living in a Failed State” here: https://bit.ly/2XeOeGP  
    -       Read guidelines about how to #opensafely from Andy and 21 other health leaders at www.Open-Safely.US and check out their recent op-ed in USA Today here: https://bit.ly/2XHM1Th
    -       Learn more about The Lincoln Project here: https://lincolnproject.us/
    -       Read Al Franken’s book, Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right: https://amzn.to/2ZNdxl6
    -       Trying to remember what Simpson-Bowles was all about? Take a dive into the reporting archives: https://wapo.st/2AnU3Zu
    -       Check out Shaun the Sheep for a laugh you can share with your kids: https://www.shaunthesheep.com/
    -       See a clip of Gov. Burgum of North Dakota talking about face masks here: https://bit.ly/3dsyyWp

    Check out In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a new advice show from Lemonada Media about all things addiction: http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/

    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. 
     

    • 49 min
    COVID and Guns (with Shannon Watts)

    COVID and Guns (with Shannon Watts)

    Today, it’s a moms episode! Andy and Zach are joined by Lana, who leads a chat with activist Shannon Watts about how the pandemic is colliding with guns. They talk about gun violence and what can be done to address gun safety under these circumstances. They also talk about the movement of women running for political office. The Slavitt family touches on Andy’s new initiative #opensafely and go over the low, medium and high-risk levels of our favorite summer activities. Andy ends the show with a call to his sister Lesley about her work coordinating the emergency response to COVID 19 in Flint, Michigan. 
    Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt, and find Shannon @shannonrwatts on Twitter and Instagram.
     
    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/
     
    Check out In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a new advice show from Lemonada Media about all things addiction: http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/
     
    Check out our fantastic show sponsors this week!
    ●   Teladoc provides access to certified doctors from the comfort and safety of home. Register now atwww.teladoc.com/
    ●  Explore resources from the JED Foundation including journaling workshops, meditation guides, virtual concerts, and more at www.loveislouder.org/bubble
    ●  Curious about how to transition back into a more socially connected life? Subscribe to the podcastCan We All Come Out Now? And check out their website: https://bit.ly/2TJ9xOF
     
    Resources from today’s show:
    ●  Read guidelines about how to #opensafely from Andy and 21 other health leaders at www.Open-Safely.US and check out their recent op-ed in USA Today here: https://bit.ly/2TIdZgG
    ●  NPR’s guide on your favorite summer activities here: https://n.pr/2WY7MPK
    ●  Pick up a copy of Shannon’s book, Fight Like a Mother: https://amzn.to/36y1qcO
    ●  Find Moms Demand Action at https://momsdemandaction.org/
    ●   Find Everytown for Gun Safety at  https://everytown.org/
    ●  Learn about gun safety and take action to prevent child gun deaths at https://besmartforkids.org/
    ●  Want to run for office?  Want to support other women fighting for change? Visit Emerge America athttps://emergeamerica.org/
      
    Discussion Prompt: On Bearing Witness to Lives Lost
     
    Andy wonders aloud to Shannon Watts from @momsdemand on today’s episode “I worry that we sit here today and we don't know how to bear witness to all these lives lost and I’m wondering what lessons you have for us as we think about this ongoing set of tragedies and how we really make it sink in.”
     
    For children under 5: Not appropriate for this age group, in our opinion!
     
    For children 5-12: For children at the very top of this age range, you could adapt the 12-18 question below, as you deem appropriate
     
    For youth 12-18: As we think about the tragedies we are enduring because of covid-19, other recent instances of immense loss of life may come to mind. On today’s episode, loss of life from gun violence is discussed, for example. What similarities and differences do you see between the way we as a society are responding to loss of life from covid-19 and the way we respond to loss of life from gun violence?
     
    For the 18+ crowd: As this episode is published, 100,000 people in the U.S. have now lost their lives to covid-19, and yet there has been almost a complete lack of national mourning. Are we desensitized or otherwise numb to the massive loss of life that we are experiencing? What similarities and differences do you see in our national response to this massive loss of life as compared to our national response to lives lost to gun violence?
     
    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for

    • 48 min
    Mini-Episode: In This Together (with Jason Kander)

    Mini-Episode: In This Together (with Jason Kander)

    This Memorial Day, Andy speaks with veteran and politician, Jason Kander. Jason has long been candid about his experiences with PTSD but also how post-traumatic growth is possible. He and Andy talk about challenging assumptions about what’s appropriate to feel, accepting help, and how COVID-19 has been so traumatizing for people. They also discuss voter suppression and the importance of making sure everyone has a voice in American politics.
    Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt, and find Jason at @JasonKander on Twitter and @jasonkander on Instagram.
    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/
    Check out our fantastic show sponsor this week! Teladoc provides access to certified doctors from the comfort and safety of home. Register now at https://www.teladoc.com/
    Here are some other important resources from today’s show:

    Learn more about protecting voting rights and support the work of Let America Vote here: www.letamericavote.org


    Check out Veteran’s Community Project and find out how you can support their work here: https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/


    If you or a loved one is in crisis you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


    Jason’s book Outside the Wire is available now: https://jasonkander.com/outsidethewire/


    Jason created a podcast with some incredible resources for talking to friends and family across political divides. Check it out here: https://crooked.com/podcast-series/majority-54/


    Jason mentioned the book Tribe by Sebastian Junger. You can find it here: http://www.sebastianjunger.com/tribe-by-sebastian-junger


     
    We hope you want to listen to In the Bubble with your family, or talk to them after you listen about what you’ve heard. We want families to be able to discuss this content across the generations, and we are producing it with that in mind. To that end, we’re going to start to offer a discussion prompt based on one central theme from each new episode, broken down with developmentally appropriate age bands to keep the conversation going. 
     
    Discussion Prompt: Be Open To Talking
     
    Jason Kander says in today’s episode, “everybody's going through this right now together and it's difficult in a lot of different ways. But you’ve just got to be really open to talking to the people in your lives about it, because you can make a big difference in their life just by talking to them about it.”
     
    For children under 5: What is the hardest thing about our new routines for you?
     
    For children 5-12: It’s important to talk openly about things, especially when they are hard. What is the hardest thing for you about how things have changed since early March when schools closed?
     
    For youth 12-18: Have you talked with any friends about the hardest parts of this new reality? What do your friends say is hardest? What is hardest for you? Sometimes talking openly with people about really hard things can help you and them process them better.
     
    For the 18+ crowd: What’s a particularly challenging change for you over these last couple months, maybe even something you are working through that you are reluctant to talk about, because it’s naturally hard to talk about such things? 
     
     
    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.

    • 34 min
    What Will We Tell Our Kids? (with Chelsea Clinton)

    What Will We Tell Our Kids? (with Chelsea Clinton)

    Today, Andy and Chelsea Clinton talk about the role of the US in the world as Trump diverges from other world leaders in going it alone in the face of this global pandemic. They also discuss what their parents taught them about America and what they’re telling their own kids. Then, Andy calls author and historian Steven Johnson to put COVID-19 into a global, historical context. 
    Check out our sponsors for this week’s episode: 

    Learn about Teledoc at https://www.teladoc.com/


    Visit Express VPN and get three months free at https://www.expressvpn.com/bubble


    Check out Ashford University here: www.ashford.edu/bubble 


    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, and discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/
    Dig into resources mentioned on the show and connect with our guests:

    Check out In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a new advice show from Lemonada Media about all things addiction: http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/


    Check out #opensafely resources and Andy’s joint USA Today Op-Ed here: https://www.open-safely.us/ 

    Read The New Yorker article about Washington State’s COVID-19 communications strategy here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/04/seattles-leaders-let-scientists-take-the-lead-new-yorks-did-not


    Find out more about the Clinton Foundation here: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/


    Learn more about Partners in Health and how they are recruiting contact tracers here: https://www.pih.org/coronavirus-response


    Check out the Too Small to Fail initiative and how the Clinton Foundation is supporting children at http://toosmall.org/


    Follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton 

    Listen to Steven Johnson’s podcast Fighting Coronavirus here: Wondery.fm/FC 


    Subscribe to Steven’s other podcast, American Innovations, here: Wondery.fm/AI


    Read about a world-changing historical epidemic in Steven’s book, Ghost Map: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Map-Londons-Terrifying-Epidemic/dp/1594482691


    For a change of pace, read Enemy of All Mankind, Steven’s latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Enemy-All-Mankind-Historys-Manhunt/dp/0735211604


    Follow Steven Johnson on Twitter @StevenBJohnson

    • 58 min
    Mini-Episode: The Big Suck (with Kumail Nanjiani)

    Mini-Episode: The Big Suck (with Kumail Nanjiani)

    As he detailed in his breakout hit movie The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani’s wife Emily is immuno-compromised, and, with COVID-19, that changes everything. The comedian and actor opens up about the feeling of losing control in this crisis, but he and Andy can’t help but laugh their way through even a serious conversation about fear, love, and painful messages from society. Kumail also reveals some incredibly impractical things you can do in isolation. 
    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/


    Check out Teledoc, our show sponsor this week, at https://www.teladoc.com/.

    Check out In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a new advice show from Lemonada Media about all things addiction. Premiers May 18 wherever you get your podcasts: http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/


    Catch Kumail and Emily on their podcast Staying In with Emily & Kumail here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/staying-in-with-emily-kumail/id1503412182


    Can't get enough of Kumail? Watch his brand new movie, The Lovebirds, on Netflix now: https://www.netflix.com/thelovebirds 


    Watch The Big Sick here: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Sick-Kumail-Nanjiani/dp/B07193L7RD

    • 31 min

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RMG-Participant ,

DuRay Interview

I found the conversation with DuRay to be amazing in the amount and quality of information. I appreciate that he is an activist with expertise regarding systemic racism. However, the next person to speak is a fashion expert.? She spoke about ethical decisions made during coronavirus as “eugenics” and continued to speak on the value of a life. She then spoke about a doctor explaining a diagnosis of dwarfism to a pregnant woman. In both cases, she is neither qualified or experienced to make such broad brush remarks. The intricacies of either of those medical moments seem to be lost on her. Not a good spokesperson for whatever topic it was. Again, a fashion expert who is attempting to amplify her platform. Just not the fit at this time on these matters. TED talk or not. BTW her TED talk was on what? Design. Your guests need to speak within their expertise as DuRay did. Otherwise it’s just 2 people sharing random thoughts- not productive discussion.

SW360 ,

Today’s episode = tone deaf

I was eager to listen to this morning’a episode, as you are based in Twin Cities but was taken aback by tone deaf execution.

You *fleetingly* mentioned George Floyd during intro and then launch into lengthy bromance convo w Al Franken. And manage to get in shout out to your son for his upcoming Ivy League education.

But literally nothing in the interview had anything to do with Mr. Floyd’s murder and racial injustice in the United States.

If you didn’t have time to create content devoted to this situation, just acknowledge that.

Just don't try to link this tragedy to an unrelated conversation between three white men of privilege.

RipVW96 ,

Thoughtful even when critical

Andy and crew do a great job of giving thoughtful opinions and insights on hot button issues without bashing anyone.

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