In These Times
A six-episode podcast series that explores the forces that have shaped events in 2020. In these times, knowledge is more important than ever.
Dimensions of the COVID-19 Crisis
Season 1, Episode 1
The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a respiratory illness. In this episode, we talk to experts about contagion, inequality, and science denial.
In Other Times
Season 1, Episode 2
We’ve been here before. In this episode, we talk to experts about past epidemics, how societies fought them, and how they changed life.
Crisis Upon Crisis
Season 1, Episode 3
The coronavirus pandemic does not exist in a vacuum. We look at other urgent issues of our time, and examine how they affect and are affected by COVID-19.
Exacerbating the Health Care Divide
Season 1, Episode 4
With rates of diagnoses and death disproportionately affecting racial minorities and low-income workers, experts in this episode address how COVID-19 has further exposed already dire health outcome inequalities.
Racial Justice and Repair
Season 1, Episode 5
In the midst of the pandemic, an estimated 20 million people participated in protests for racial justice. In this episode, we talk about philosophy, justice, and what it might look like the repair a broken system.
Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis
Season 1, Episode 6
In March 2020, the UN Secretary General described COVID-19 as the most challenging crisis the world has seen since WWII. As the year draws to a close and the pandemic lingers on, we explore what life beyond crisis might look like.
Attack on the Capitol
About the podcast
On the third season of “In These Times,” we turn our attention to the vastness of science. Confronting science can cause us to look up at the stars with awe, but it can also cause other reactions: like skepticism and disbelief, denial and discomfort, and even fear. We talk to scientists and dig deep into these reactions.
We launched the podcast in 2020 with a series on COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts. For our second season, we explored the nation’s complex history with race and posed challenging questions about who controls the narrative about the U.S., our history of enslavement and Jim Crow, and the possibility for change.
In these times, knowledge is more important than ever.