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318: Why pandemics will keep increasing and how we can reverse the trend

Ep. 318

I don't normally post other people's material, but 1) I found this video the most valuable I've seen on pandemics and 2) a previous guest, Dr. Michael Greger, created it.

It's an hour, so I summarize its highlights in this episode, but watch the whole video for the comprehensive view with full data and references. My summary covers

  • What current media coverage includes---the urgent, important
  • What it misses---the non-urgent, important
  • Long-term pandemics trends
  • Recent pandemics trends and why we are causing them to increase
  • How we can decrease them


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428: Vanessa Friedman: The New York Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic

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