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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.

    Trump Knew (with Julián Castro)

    Trump Knew (with Julián Castro)

    To kick things off, Andy and former presidential candidate Julián Castro wrestle with the recent revelations from Bob Woodward, including that the President acknowledged the gravity of the pandemic in interviews with the journalist back in February. Despite that start, the conversation ends in a hopeful place about where the country is headed and Julián’s new Lemonada Media podcast, Our America. Plus: Andy announces the show’s latest donation!

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

    Follow Julián Castro on Twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @juliancastrotx.

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Pre-order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165 
    Subscribe to Our America wherever you get your podcasts: https://smarturl.it/ouramericapodcast
    Watch Bob Woodward talk about his interviews with President Trump on 60 Minutes: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-bob-woodward-rage-60-minutes-2020-09-13/
    Read more about Kristin Urquiza, who spoke at the DNC after her father died of COVID-19: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/us/politics/kristin-urquiza-dad-covid-trump.html
    Learn more about how the pandemic has affected migrant workers in America: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/08/08/900220260/without-federal-protections-farm-workers-risk-coronavirus-infection-to-harvest-c
    Check out this opinion piece Julián wrote about how to prevent the next housing crisis: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/16/perspectives/next-housing-crisis/index.html

    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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    • 45 min
    Toolkit: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

    Toolkit: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

    This toolkit episode is all about testing with Michael Mina, Harvard infectious disease specialist and laboratory director, and Robby Sikka, who helped develop the SalivaDirect test with the NBA in partnership with Yale University. Andy asks these experts your email and voicemail questions about the new wave of tests on the horizon, their reliability, how they work, when to get tested, plus some potential new creative at-home tests.  What would you name an at-home sewage test? Tell Andy on Twitter!

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

    Follow Michael Mina @michaelmina_lab and Robby Sikka @robbysikka on Twitter.

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Here’s the article about saliva-based testing from the New England Journal of Medicine Dr. Sikka mentions in the episode: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2016359 
    Learn more about the SalivaDirect test here: https://salivadirect.org/ 
    Read the CDC’s answers to frequently asked questions about wastewater surveillance for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/wastewater-surveillance.html 
    Check out this article from The New York Times that provides a more skeptical look at daily, at-home COVID-19 testing: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/health/coronavirus-rapid-test.html. 
    Listen to a recent press conference from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with Michael Mina: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/coronavirus-covid-19-press-conference-with-michael-mina-09-04-20/ 

     

    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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    • 44 min
    Political Influence at the FDA (with former FDA Commissioners Mark McClellan and Robert Califf)

    Political Influence at the FDA (with former FDA Commissioners Mark McClellan and Robert Califf)

    In maybe the most heated In the Bubble episode, Andy talks with two former FDA commissioners -- Mark McClellan from the George W. Bush administration and Robert Califf from the Obama administration -- and confronts them about the politicization of the FDA under President Trump. The former commissioners are hesitant to criticize the current head of the FDA, Stephen Hahn, but Andy pushes them pretty hard on Hahn's inaccurate statements regarding convalescent plasma and what effect that might have on the public's trust in the FDA as the agency gears up to approve a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

    Follow Robert Califf on Twitter @califf001. 

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Learn more about the evidence for convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19: https://www.vox.com/2020/8/24/21399007/trump-covid-19-convalescent-plasma-coronavirus-fda-nih-stephen-hahn. 
    Read Robert Califf’s four-part Twitter thread on convalescent plasma:
    Part 1: https://twitter.com/califf001/status/1300784302402215937 
    Part 2: https://twitter.com/califf001/status/1301100106427568128 
    Part 3: https://twitter.com/califf001/status/1301126292763533314 
    Part 4: https://twitter.com/califf001/status/1301329017040142337 
    Listen to Mark McClellan’s first In The Bubble appearance, where he discusses the COVID-19 vaccine with Andy and David Agus: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/toolkit-everything-you-need-to-know-about-vaccines/id1504128553?i=1000488693356, 
    Pre-order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165. 

    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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    • 44 min
    Toolkit: COVID Long-Haulers

    Toolkit: COVID Long-Haulers

    A Monday Toolkit episode -- this one focused on the mystery of COVID-19 long-haulers, people who report an array of long-term symptoms. We've got two experts to break down what we know -- and don't know -- from both a clinical and research standpoint. Emergency room physician Craig Spencer and virologist Angela Rasmussen answer your voicemails and emails about why some people become long-haulers and others don't, what, if any, patterns are emerging, where to go for help, and how we are trying to figure it all out. 

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

    Follow Craig Spencer @Craig_A_Spencer and Angela Rasmussen @angie_rasmussen on Twitter.

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Read this article by a COVID long-hauler: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/09/covid-19-heart-pots-myocarditis/616021/
    Survivor Corps is one of the largest support groups for COVID-19 long-haulers: https://www.survivorcorps.com/
    Check out Dr. Rasmussen’s recent article on COVID-19 reinfection: https://slate.com/technology/2020/08/coronavirus-reinfection-hong-kong-study.html 
    Here is Dr. Spencer’s latest New York Times Opinion piece, co-written with Dr. Seema Yasmin, about how COVID-19 hoaxes are making doctors' jobs harder : https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-misinformation-faceboook.html 
    Learn more about Congressman Jamie Raskin’s legislation to expand funding for COVID long-hauler research: https://raskin.house.gov/media/press-releases/raskin-introduces-legislation-address-america-s-hidden-health-crisis 

     

    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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    • 41 min
    Laughter is the Best Medicine Unless it's Droplets (with Mike Birbiglia)

    Laughter is the Best Medicine Unless it's Droplets (with Mike Birbiglia)

    In between episodes about school closures, long-haulers, the CDC and FDA, Andy records a conversation with one of the funniest people alive, Mike Birbiglia. Mike has some pandemic-related questions for Andy and they hope to remind you that it’s still ok to laugh.

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

    Follow Mike Birbiglia on Twitter and Instagram @birbigs.

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Learn more about the SalivaDirect test: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/fda-approves-new-saliva-based-covid-19-test-67829
    Read Jim Gaffigan’s post about his experience tweeting about politics: https://www.facebook.com/5642244660/posts/what-ive-learned-since-i-lost-my-mindbefore-you-start-reading-this-let-me-be-cle/10158761187769661/
    Check out the book Mike wrote with his wife Jen: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/mike-birbiglia/the-new-one/9781538701539/
    Listen to Mike’s podcast, Working it Out: https://www.birbigs.com/working-it-out-pod

    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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    • 51 min
    Toolkit: School’s in Session

    Toolkit: School’s in Session

    This Monday Toolkit episode is timed to help parents, teachers, and students figure out what to expect and how to make it through a challenging school year. Two incredible guests, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and former Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. answer your questions about remote learning, special needs, mental health, social and emotional needs, and equity issues. They also talk about how the decisions over who to bring back -- and when -- are likely to work. 

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

    Follow John B. King, Jr. @JohnBKing and Janice Jackson @JaniceJackson on Twitter.

    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!
    Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to shop.livinguard.com and use the code BUBBLE for 15% off.
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/bubble. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 
    Learn more about John’s organization, The Education Trust: https://edtrust.org/
    Here’s what a virtual school day will look like for CPS students this fall: https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2020/8/5/21355791/cps-remote-virtual-learning-public-schools-covid-fall-high-elementary
    Read more about the Pew Research Center report on who has access to reliable internet: https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/internet-broadband/
    Learn more about the Chicago Connected program, which provides free high-speed internet for families in need: https://www.cps.edu/strategic-initiatives/chicago-connected/
    Check out the CDC’s toolkit for K-12 schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/schools.html
    Read more about what Michelle Obama said about experiencing “low-grade depression:” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/us/michelle-obama-depression.html

    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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    • 36 min

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