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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 Five: Getting Out of the Boat

    Part Five: Getting Out of the Boat

    We meet Dr. Timothy Sloan, a pastor of a black church in Texas, who is torn over how to talk to his congregants about the Covid-19 vaccines. He is skeptical about getting one, and knows the rest of his church is, too. But, the vaccines could also be a lifeline. Black Americans have died at about twice the rate of white Americans from the virus. So while there may be trust issues with the vaccines in communities of color, they’re also the communities that need vaccines the most. Dr. Sloan goes on a journey to find out who can help him learn more about the vaccines, and how the medical establishment can win back some of the trust it has lost over generations of mistreatment.

    • 42 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
511 Ratings

511 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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