America Dissected: Coronavirus

America Dissected: Coronavirus
The coronavirus is now a global pandemic. How did we get here? What went wrong? What do we do about it now? In season 2, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former city health commissioner, will keep you updated on what you need to know about COVID-19, what led us to this crisis in the first place, and what policies can lead us out. New episodes of America Dissected: Coronavirus every Tuesday & Friday.

Coronavirus Containment Corps
Jul 7 • 25 min
Abdul reflects on how COVID19 is challenging us to meet our ideals as Americans. Then he chats with Congressman Andy Levin about his proposal for a Coronavirus Containment Corps to create a federally-funded contact-tracing force…which could have been…
WHO’s pandemic is it, anyway?
Jun 30 • 27 min
Abdul discusses the surging cases of COVID19 in several states and nationwide, as well as the startling increase in transmission globally. He chats with Prof. Kelley Lee, a global health governance expert, about the WHO and the future of the global fight…
The Virus in the Coronavirus
Jun 23 • 26 min
Abdul discusses the odd biology of viruses. He catches up with virologist Dr. Angela Rasmussen about the biology of the coronavirus, and why exactly it’s so deadly.
The Covid Recession
Jun 16 • 28 min
Abdul discusses the economic consequences of COVID. He catches up with Dr. Tara Sinclair, a macroeconomist, about the future ahead of us.
Protesting in a pandemic.
Jun 9 • 29 min
Abdul discusses the public health consequences of the #GeorgeFloyd protests. We speak with Cary Junior II, an audio producer at the Detroit Free Press and a Fellow at WDET in Detroit who’s been covering the protests. Then we’ll speak to epidemiologist…
Going Viral in a Pandemic
Jun 2 • 29 min
Abdul discusses the lynching of George Floyd in the context of COVID19 and reflects on the way that social media has changed our world—and the experience of COVID19. We hear from listeners about how they’ve consumed social media throughout. Abdul speaks…
The meaning of 100,000
May 29 • 36 min
Abdul reflects on what it means that 100,000 Americans have now died of COVID19. He interviews Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Reverend Jill Zundel and Imam Mohamed Al Masmari on how faith communities are responding to the pandemic.
Is It Safe To Come Out?
May 26 • 33 min
Abdul breaks down the dangers of opening up too early for public health—and the economy. He talks to Commissioner Rita Nieves of the Boston Public Health Commission and Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association…
COVID in Indian Country
May 22 • 34 min
Abdul talks to Navajo National Council Delegate Carl Slater about why Navajo Nation faces one of the worst COVID19 outbreaks in America. He then talks to Rebecca Nagle, journalist and host of Crooked Media’s “This Land” podcast about the broader…
Ebola should have prepared us
May 19 • 33 min
Abdul breaks down the similarities—and differences—between COVID19 and Ebola. He interviews Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor in New York on the front lines of the coronavirus response who also battled Ebola in West Africa, and Ron Klain, President…
COVID and the classroom
May 15 • 25 min
Abdul talks to a third-grader, who’s currently attending school remotely, about what it’s like to do home school during the pandemic. Then he’ll speak with Nikhil Goyal, a sociologist and education researcher about what the lasting impacts of COVID19 may…
COVID without papers
May 12 • 31 min
Abdul dissects how politics is a part of public health—and how our federal political leadership has gotten in the way of every step of our public health response to COVID19. Then he speaks with Ana Maria Archila co-Executive Director of the Center for…
COVID without Borders
May 8 • 33 min
Abdul dissects how COVID19 is forcing us to deal with how interconnected our world is, whether we like it or not. Then he speaks with Oussama Mezoui with the international aid organization Penny Appeal and Merith Basey of Universities Allied for Essential…
Don’t declare victory just yet
May 5 • 31 min
Abdul looks at why stay home orders still matter. He’ll talk with Dr. Jason Bae, who spent 10 days in the Queens at the peak of COVID19, and Zenei Cortez, co-president of the National Nurses United who’s also working on the front lines.
Andrew Yang and the COVID Basic Income
May 1 • 34 min
Listeners share what they’re doing with their $1200 checks and then Abdul dissects how a check can be a powerful anti-COVID19 public health tool and speaks with former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang about the government checks and universal basic…
Homelessness, Incarceration, and COVID19
Apr 28 • 32 min
Abdul looks at recent studies on people infected with coronavirus, and then talks about people who are among those most at risk for the disease. He’ll talk with Dr. Ashwin Vasan, President of Fountain House, a non-profit supporting people suffering severe…
Medicare-for-COVID with Senator Bernie Sanders
Apr 24 • 31 min
Abdul talks with Senator Bernie Sanders about Congress’s most recent COVID19 relief package and how the country might have responded if we were covered by Medicare for All.
Viruses don’t discriminate … people do.
Apr 21 • 29 min
Recently the CDC released a study that revealed that while African Americans make up only 13% of the population of the United States, they were 30% of the patients that were dealing with COVID-19. Abdul talks to LaMar Hasbrouck, a public health physician…
Testing 1, 2, 3! Why we STILL need testing
Apr 17 • 27 min
Abdul dissects the scenarios we have for getting out of social distancing and why we still need COVID19 testing. Later he interviews Dr. Rishi Desai, a former CDC disease detective who recently went viral (the good kind!) for his recent appearance on Fox…
COVID and Big Pharma
Apr 14 • 28 min
The drug hydroxycholoroquine has been all over the news because President Trump and other claim, without scientific evidence, that its a cure for COVID-19. But hydroxycholoroquine does have a lot of practical uses, and many people depend on it. Abdul…
Going the Distance: COVID-19 and Mental Health
Apr 10 • 28 min
Abdul dissects the unequal burden of COVID-19 by race, chats with Dr. Sarah Jukaku, a psychiatrist, who also happens to be his wife, about what she’s hearing from her patients. Later he talks with Professor Sandro Galea, a psychiatric epidemiologist,…
The economy after COVID-19
Apr 7 • 26 min
Abdul talks to a local bookstore owner about going online after COVID and dissects how this will influence the economy. And Prof. Tara Sinclair, a macroeconomist joins us to talk about the economic forecast and what COVID-19 may mean for our economic…
Open for Business: Toilet Paper and Disaster Capitalism
Apr 3 • 23 min
Abdul dissects how hospitals are struggling under the surge of COVID patients, while writer Naomi Klein joins us to talk about the “shock doctrine” of disaster capitalism. We’ll find out what disaster capitalism means, how it’s affected past disasters and…
Emergency Room: A dispatch from the Front Lines
Mar 31 • 25 min
As doctors, nurses, and hospital staff do battle on the front lines, how is the growing pandemic affecting these people and how are they coping? Abdul will talk with Dr. Aakash Shah, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey.
Life Support: Congress and COVID (with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal)
Mar 27 • 24 min
This week the Senate passed a historic, $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at easing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, which is expected to pass the House of Representatives on Friday, will grant financial assistance to individuals and…
The Tweetment: Why Science Matters Now
Mar 24 • 25 min
Host Abdul El-Sayed dissects the claim of a possible cure for COVID-19, and then we talk to Dr. Alison Galvani, an epidemiologist and infectious diseases modeler at Yale, about how long the current outbreak could last.
Plandemic: How the World is Treating Coronavirus
Mar 20 • 26 min
Abdul dissects the news of a vaccine, the concept of “flattening the curve,” and the notion of herd immunity. Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor, joins to dissect the Global Pandemic response and what went wrong.
A Public/Private Health Emergency
Mar 17 • 29 min
Abdul dissects President Trump’s State of Emergency Declaration and the true number of cases in America. And we explore how the American public health system’s organized (and what went wrong) with Jon Auerbach, a former state and local health commissioner…
It’s a Pandemic, Now What?
Mar 13 • 11 min
The Coronavirus is now a global pandemic. How did we get here? What went wrong? What do we do about it now? Twice a week, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former city health commissioner, will keep you updated on what you need to know about COVID-19,…
Healthcare Dissected pt 2: Medicare-for-who?
Nov 18, 2019 • 31 min
Do you ever go to a bakery and become utterly paralyzed by all the possibilities in the display case? A chocolate chip muffin sounds good, but so does a croissant. Are they gluten free? Made fresh daily? Unraveling the 2020 candidates’ healthcare plans…
Healthcare Dissected pt 1: “Nobody Knew Healthcare Could Be So Complicated”
Nov 18, 2019 • 30 min
Throughout this series, we’ve considered how the straining relationship between science and government has led to a variety of public health issues, from the rise of superbugs to the epidemic of loneliness. Here, we take our scalpel to the most obvious…
Cradle And All
Nov 11, 2019 • 25 min
Today, many of us can take it for granted that our grandparents will live through our childhood— and that our children might get to meet them. Not that long ago, though, that wasn’t so common. Not just because our grandparents didn’t used to live that…
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
The Flint Water Crisis dominated national headlines when it emerged in 2016—focusing national attention on the hazards of lead poisoning. Newark, New Jersey is facing a similar crisis today. But Flint and Newark are only the tip of the iceberg of an…
All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Belong?
Oct 28, 2019 • 30 min
We all spend time, money, and energy to “take care of ourselves.” We exercise, eat right, and meditate. But what if we can’t actually do it alone—what if being healthy is more about taking care of each other? Our world feels more connected than ever…
A Tale of Two Crises: Opiates vs. Crack
Oct 21, 2019 • 28 min
The Opioid Crisis has wreaked havoc across America, taking lives and devastating families, neighborhoods, and communities. But this isn’t the first time we’ve suffered a deadly drug crisis. In today’s episode, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed tells the tale of two…
Superbugging Out
Oct 14, 2019 • 32 min
Winter means snow, cuddly rom-coms…and brutal head colds. Nothing a little Z-Pak won’t fix…WRONG. That’s exactly what the superbugs want you to do. Our antibiotic misuse is contributing to the global rise of an unseen, deadly force: antibiotic-resistant…
Oct 7, 2019 • 30 min
American scientists are on the leading edge of drug research and development—often funded by taxpayer dollars. So why are we overpaying for life-saving drugs? How did we get to this point? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed walks us through the story of the Hep-C drug…
Quack To The Future
Sep 30, 2019 • 32 min
Traditional science-based medicine has some gaps—but what happens when grifters and scammers take advantage? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed leads us inside the underbelly of the cult of wellness. Dr. Jen Gunter, Twitter’s “Resident Gynecologist,” helps us understand…
The Anti-anti-vax-vaccine
Sep 30, 2019 • 37 min
We almost eradicated measles in the U.S., but anti-vaxxers had to go and ruin it for everyone. WTF? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed walks us through the history and science of vaccines and the growing anti-vax movement. We meet the people affected, like Ethan…
America Dissected with Abdul El-Sayed (coming September 30th)
Sep 20, 2019 • 2 min
From celebrities who hate vaccines to politicians who hate Obamacare - the mistrust, fake news, sensationalism, and social media firestorms that we see every day in politics and the media are distracting us from what really matters for our health. In…