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A few decades ago, nobody really questioned vaccines. They were viewed as a standard part of staying healthy and safe. Today, the number of people questioning vaccines risks prolonging a pandemic that has already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Doubt, a new series from Prognosis, looks at the forces that have been breaking down that trust. We’ll trace the rise of vaccine skepticism in America to show how we got here — and where we’re going.

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A few decades ago, nobody really questioned vaccines. They were viewed as a standard part of staying healthy and safe. Today, the number of people questioning vaccines risks prolonging a pandemic that has already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Doubt, a new series from Prognosis, looks at the forces that have been breaking down that trust. We’ll trace the rise of vaccine skepticism in America to show how we got here — and where we’re going.

    Part Four: 'Let's Go to War'

    Part Four: 'Let's Go to War'

    In October 2020, anti-vaccine elite gathered for a conference to discuss, among other things, how to use the pandemic to grow their movement. In this episode, we travel inside the world of anti-vaccine extremists to show how they weaponize uncertainty and mistrust to spread rumors about vaccines — rumors that threaten to prolong the global pandemic.

    • 51 min
    Part Three: The Happiest Place on Earth

    Part Three: The Happiest Place on Earth

    The 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak was a pivotal moment in explaining the vaccine hesitation we see today. The outbreak made clear that number of people opting out of vaccination was significant. But it also changed the people protesting vaccines. Before that, activists speaking out about vaccines had mainly been parents concerned about the safety of their kids. California's push to get rid of vaccine exemptions in the wake of the outbreak changed the conversation. It became political. It became about choice and freedom and democracy.

    • 43 min
    Part Two: The Man Behind The Myth

    Part Two: The Man Behind The Myth

    Meet the man behind all the myths: Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield’s retracted 1998 study linking autism to vaccines helped kickstart the modern vaccine hesitancy movement. We’ll explore the forces that helped propel Wakefield into the spotlight and show how groundwork Wakefield laid decades ago helped seed the mistrust we’re seeing in the age of the coronavirus.

    • 1 hr
    Part One: Rumor Has It

    Part One: Rumor Has It

    In the series premiere of "Doubt," we meet Jon, a New York City paramedic struggling to decide whether he should get vaccinated. Bloomberg health reporter Kristen V. Brown shows how the pandemic has led many people like him to question vaccines for the first time — and how this distrust threatens to prolong the pandemic.

    • 43 min
    What Closing Schools Has Done to Kids

    What Closing Schools Has Done to Kids

    This month marks the one-year anniversary in the U.S. of nationwide school closures. The public health measure was designed to help stem the spread of Covid-19. But in doing so, it’s had a profound effect on children. That’s in contrast to the disease itself, which rarely makes young people seriously ill. Jason Gale talked to experts about kids and Covid, and why keeping children out of the classroom may leave a lasting legacy.

    • 13 min
    The Science of Beating Variants

    The Science of Beating Variants

    Fast-moving variants of the coronavirus seen in England, South Africa and Brazil have sparked concern around the world. Researchers worry some may diminish the potency of existing vaccines and complicate efforts to escape the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases started to climb in early 2020, British scientists decided to track the evolution of the pathogen. James Paton reports that this project gives the country and others the chance to respond quickly if alarming changes arise.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
490 Ratings

490 Ratings

nichcnm ,

“Doubt” and sound design

Kirstin V. Brown has come a long way with her vocal skills in the past year: much less distracting vocal fry and better pacing. Now the main distraction in her work is the accompanying sound design and pacing: it is unhelpfully exaggerated and manipulative. Let the reportage speak for itself.

Olg1531 ,

Love the content, can’t stand the vocal fry

Read the title, nothing more to say.

RoPie1979 ,

The verbal fry still hurts so badly

Kristen, much better but not there yet! Keep working at it!!

Kristen V Brown needs a voice coach. I can’t listen to her fry away the end of everrry senteeeeeeenceee.

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