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Episode 54: Can Anything Good Come Out of Disasters Such as COVID-19?

Episode 54: Can Anything Good Come Out of Disasters Such as COVID-19?

April 27, 2020

In this episode Doug and Chris explore lessons that individuals, societies, and governments can learn from the global pandemic. Our cohosts discuss past pandemics and disasters and what good government and good leadership need to be all about. Trump's dismal performance in response to COVID-19 also somehow makes its way into the conversation. 

2.00 Will we learn any lasting lessons from this pandemic?

4.40 A Paradise Built in Hell

9.40 Cooperation and the blame game

10.30 Is returning to "normal" a good way to think?

11.45 Being prepared for the next disaster

12.45 The World Kitchen

16.15 The American response

18.15 Life lessons we can learn

20.45 Who are the essential workers?

22.30 Can America emerge as a better place?

Links

A Paradise Built in Hell

The World Kitchen

Episode 53: How Are Other Countries Managing COVID-19?

Episode 53: How Are Other Countries Managing COVID-19?

April 20, 2020
  • (NEW FEATURE: Now you can leave an audio message for Chris and Doug by going to this page! Tell us what's on your mind, or suggest an idea for a future episode.)

Doug and Chris examine what other countries are doing to manage the global pandemic. Turns out the most successful ones are 1) following science-based recommendations to control a pandemic, and 2) not turning daily coronavirus briefings into narcissistic, anger-fueled, and willfully misleading spectacles.

0.40 Big picture stats from Chris

2.50 The one thing that six countries who are doing especially well have in common

4.25 Doug's data dump

6.15 The country in the most trouble

10.00 Masks

11.45 Germany

13.40 Leadership and messaging in a crisis

17.00 South Korea

26.00 The hopeful side

Current death rates by countries - as of 4.19.2020 - Deaths Per Million People

Italy 391

UK 237

Sweden 152

US 122

Germany 55

South Korea 5

Singapore 2 

Episode 52: How Is Social Distancing Affecting Your Mental Health?

Episode 52: How Is Social Distancing Affecting Your Mental Health?

April 13, 2020

Social distancing has resulted in radical behavioral change, even for Doug and Chris. Our cohosts dive into how the COVID-19 shutdown has affected them and others, as well as how the dramatic slowdown of social activity is forcing people around the world to rethink how they've been living. 

4.40 How Chris is doing

7.40 The psychology research on isolation

10.25 The radical behavior change of social distancing

15.00 What we're actually doing with our newfound free time

16.30 Chris's one big piece of profound advice

17.30 Does Netflix count as a personal improvement plan?

 

Episode 51: How Is the Free Market Doing In Responding To the Global Pandemic?

Episode 51: How Is the Free Market Doing In Responding To the Global Pandemic?

April 6, 2020

In a freewheeling conversation, Chris and Doug cover the role of the free market, U.S. government agencies, and public/private partnerships in dealing with both COVID-19 and disasters in general. This show is about exploring how we can do better. 

0.45 The case for regulated capitalism

6.30 The coalition for epidemic preparedness 

9:45 The lack of U.S. federal government leadership

14.10 Some positives in the private sector response

17.45 The $2 trillion stimulus bill

24.30 Drug development to solve for COVID-19

25.00 What should be the role of government in dealing with disasters? 

29.45 The Onion weighs in 

Links

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

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