To kick things off, we talk to a biologist about contagion. We’ll get insight on mutations, tracking COVID-19’s spread, and protection from antibodies and vaccines. But COVID-19 is more than the disease itself, so we drop in on a conversation between sociologists about health inequality. They’re not surprised that Black, brown, and low-income communities are being affected by COVID-19 at higher rates, but they are concerned about the still-unknown long-term effects on physical and mental health. And finally, a philosopher of science gets real on what high school science gets wrong and why that matters.
David Roos, E. Otis Kendall Professor of Biology
Courtney Boen, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Axilrod Faculty Fellow
Regina Baker, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Lauren Rebecca Thacker
Jane Carroll, Blake Cole, and Lauren Thacker
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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