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America Dissected

The pandemic reminds us that when it comes to health, there’s so much more out there to understand—like how new genetic discoveries could change our relationship with our genes or how climate change could accelerate the next pandemic. In season 3, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician and former city health commissioner, talks to doctors, scientists, culture makers, and policy leaders to dissect how science, policy, and culture shape health. New episodes of America Dissected every Tuesday.

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Plandemic: How the World is Treating Coronavirus

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.


20 Mar 2020

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The Tweetment: Why Science Matters Now

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.


24 Mar 2020

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Open for Business: Toilet Paper and Disaster Capitalism

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 how human behavior perceives everything from toilet paper to corporate bailouts.


3 Apr 2020

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Emergency Room: A dispatch from the Front Lines

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.


31 Mar 2020

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Life Support: Congress and COVID (with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal)

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 businesses - especially industries affected by the crisis, airlines and manufacturers, among others. But will it be enough? We’ll talk with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th district, one of the hardest hit communities by COVID19. We’ll hear her perspective on what we can learn from Washington State’s experience.


27 Mar 2020

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The economy after COVID-19

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 outlook.


7 Apr 2020

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The long haul

Abdul reflects on Thanksgiving and the future of this surge in the pandemic. Then he interviews Fiona Lowenstein, co-founder of the Body Politic’s COVID-19 support group about her experience with “Long COVID” and COVID “long-haulers”.


24 Nov 2020

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Dying in a pandemic

Abdul reflects on the COVID-19 surge we’re experiencing. Then he interviews Kristin Urquiza, co-founder of Marked by COVID whose father passed of COVID-19, and Dr. Kathy Shear, a psychiatrist and expert on grief


17 Nov 2020

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Organizing against pandemic fatigue

Abdul talks about the COVID19 surge we’re facing right now. Then he interviews Shaniqua McClendon, Crooked Media’s Political Director, and Stephen Pierson at Swing Left, about how the pandemic is changing the nature and tactics of campaigns, and how they’re organizing through it to Get out the Vote.


20 Oct 2020

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200,000 and counting

Abdul reflects on the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths to COVID19. He talks to Carmen Rojas, President & CEO of the Margarite Casey Foundation about the communities COVID-19 has hit the hardest.


22 Sep 2020

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The Covid Recession

Abdul discusses the economic consequences of COVID. He catches up with Dr. Tara Sinclair, a macroeconomist, about the future ahead of us. 


16 Jun 2020

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Ebola should have prepared us

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 Obama’s Ebola Czar.


19 May 2020

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COVID and the classroom

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 be on American education.


15 May 2020

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COVID without papers

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 Popular Democracy about how COVID19 is impacted Undocumented Americans.


12 May 2020

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COVID without Borders

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 Medicines.


8 May 2020

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Don’t declare victory just yet

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.


5 May 2020

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Andrew Yang and the COVID Basic Income

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 income more broadly.


1 May 2020

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Homelessness, Incarceration, and COVID19

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 mental illness, and Professor John Pfaff who studies mass incarceration to understand how this pandemic affects society’s most vulnerable--and what needs to be done to protect them.


28 Apr 2020

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Medicare-for-COVID with Senator Bernie Sanders

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.


24 Apr 2020

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Viruses don’t discriminate ... people do.

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 and former director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, about racial disparities in health. Later he connects with Corey McPherson, an old friend who shares his family's experience with the virus.


21 Apr 2020

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