Just two months before Covid-19 broke out, we made a fictional pandemic episode that was like “Contagion” but with citations. And we played it for Dr. Anthony Fauci. Today, we’re looking back at that episode and asking — how much of the pandemic did we predict?
This episode has some unbleeped curse words.
Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsPandemic
In this episode, we cover:
(00:00) Chapter One: Why we’re sharing this episode
(03:42) Chapter Two: Meet Dr. Anthony Fauci
(07:10) Chapter Three: The fictional pandemic begins
(26:50) Chapter Four: Fauci’s thoughts on our fake pandemic
(33:53) Chapter Five: Wendy and Blythe’s reaction
The original pandemic episode was produced by Kaitlyn Sawrey, with help from Wendy Zukerman, Michelle Dang, Lexi Krupp, Rose Rimler and Meryl Horn. It was edited by Caitlin Kenney and Blythe Terrell. Extra writing help from Kevin Christopher Snipes. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music written by Peter Leonard, Bobby Lord and Marcus Thorne Bagala. This new update was produced by Rose Rimler and fact checked by Erika Akiko Howard, and mixed by Bobby lord.
Thank you to all the scientists and researchers we got in touch with for this episode, including Dr. Eric Toner, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Beth Maldin Morgenthau, Dr. Melvin Sanicas, Dr. Mandy Izzo, Dr. Kurt Frey, Professor Michael Osterholm, Dr. Patrick Saunders Hastings, Rosemary Gibson, Thomas Bollyky, Dr. Ashleigh Tuite, Professor Stephen Morse, Dr. Lalitha Sundaram, Professor David N. Fisman, Lynette Brammer, the late Dr. Mohamed Naguib, Dr. Yeulong Shu, Dr. Dan Jernigan, Dr. Kirsty Short, and special thanks to Bess Davenport at CDC.
Thanks to our actors, Annabelle Fox as Mindy, as well as the late William Dufris, Alice Kors, Dani Cervone, Robin Miles, Jordan Cobb, Jonathan Woodward, Ian Lowe and Casey Wortmann. Directed by William Dufris with help from Wendy Zukerman, Kaitlyn Sawrey and Fred Greenhalgh. Recording by Fred Greenhalgh and Peter Leonard. Also thank you to all the Gimlet people who performed various drafts during edits, including Chad Chenail, Gabe Lozada, Jasmine Romero and MR Daniel. And a huge thank you to Frank Lopez, Jorge Just, Joel Werner, R.E. Natowicz, Stevie Lane, Phoebe Flanigan, Chris Giliberti, Justin McGolrick, Katie Pastore, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
Gimlet’s managing director is Nicole Beemsterboer. Science Vs is a Spotify Original Podcast and a Gimlet production. Follow Science vs on Spotify. Tap the bell to receive new episode notifications.
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Loved how much lack of science was in this episode, opting for how people felt instead, and never quite diving into the negative part that is mentioned.
Anyway, you wanted alternative terms for "Blue Balls". How about "Cancelled Climax Cramps" ?
Doesn't anyone use email anymore? Seems the only way to contact the Science vs team is to have an account with facebook or twitter or instagram. Why, when email works just fine. Anyway, you wanted alternative terms for "blue balls" and "pink pelvis pains".I think I may have an apt winner: "Cancelled Climax Cramps"
I understand the need to pander to a liberal audience to avoid getting canceled, I understand that some of the hosts and researchers of this show might themselves be extremely liberal. But unless I'm mistaken. This show claims to be a science based show and i'm struggling to understand how They can include the caveat of they're being more than two types of genitals. This is basic biology, Unless there was some kind of mutation during the growth of the fetus or a situation like genital mutilation there is only two biological sexes. I don't care what you identify as, That's personal preference but to claim to be a show based in science and then imply that there might be a wide variety of biological sexes is ridiculous.
Please produce a follow up episode in reply to the following critique - https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/science-vs-cited-seven-studies-to
This was a disappointing episode. So much so that with this excerpt from a detailed critique paints a damning picture: "...Zukerman and her colleagues cited seven studies in total. For reasons ranging from complete irrelevance to the question at hand to broken comparison groups to genuinely unimpressive results, I’d argue that there is not a single study in the bunch that strongly supports Zukerman’s claim that a failure to put trans kids and youth on blockers or hormones causes harm, and that none of them strongly supports the related claim that blockers and/or hormones cause significantly improved mental health in trans kids and youth." Full post - https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/science-vs-cited-seven-studies-to
Damn this hit harder than I expected. Having to watch my wife go unprotected to work as a nurse during the pandemic was so terrifying. And we were lucky. She’s still with me. Thank God. I told her next time I don’t want her to do it. I want her to quit.
This has a weird fictional sound to it! Can’t listen, don’t know What it is
Climate Change is a hoax, climate hasn't changed in a billion years, it's been the same climate day after day, month after month, year after year
Man invents conspiracy theory because his ego prevents him from admitting he was misled.
ASMR makes me want to vomit. I have the opposite effect of others.
People are gross! Wear deodorant!
yes it can you to some degree of course
Animal Queendom, love it. Well done!
"I'm done with science" said the doctor. JFC.
Pick a lane. Is your accent British, American or Australian. Whiney comment but it's off-putting to listen to.
Glad they are back making new episodes
Love this show so much