Season 1, Episode 1

Dimensions of the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a respiratory illness. In this episode, we talk to experts about contagion, inequality, and science denial.

Dimensions of the COVID-19 Crisis • Season 1, Episode 1

Listen on these platforms

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.

Guests

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

Host

Alex Schein

Producer

Lauren Rebecca Thacker

Editor

Alex Schein

Interviewers

Jane Carroll, Blake Cole, and Lauren Thacker

Illustration

Nick Matej

Music

Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

More Episodes

There’s Something About Darwin

There’s Something About Darwin

In this episode, we’ll hear from a philosopher of science and an evolutionary biologist on what it is about Darwinian evolution that has made it a poster child for science denial, and why it’s important to understand the facts.

Facts vs. Feelings

Facts vs. Feelings

In this episode, we’ll hear from a particle cosmologist, along with a scholar of religion and science, on what makes people feel the way they do about scientific information and why it’s so hard to communicate about science.