4/27 How Pandemics Change Society w/ Frank Snowden

April 27, 2020

Sam hosts Frank Snowden, professor of history at Yale, to discuss his new book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present

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Sam hosts Frank Snowden, professor of history at Yale, to discuss his new book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the PresentHow densely populated environments brought humans into contact with Covid-19. The disaster of unpreparedness and how economic inequality causes diseases to impact the poor more than the rich. How diseases heighten class tensions. An epidemic’s role in the Haitian revolution and other uprisings through history. How work, transportation, and capitalism itself will need to be re-thought in the wake of Covid-19.

On the fun half: Pelosi says “just calm down” to those who think she made a tactical error in relief fight with McConnell. Pelosi wonders whether minimum guaranteed income may now be “worthy of attention.” A national rent strike is brewing; more at housingjusticeforall.org. Asked about injecting disinfectant, Trump said he was being sarcastic to troll the media. Should the left be reaching out to wealthier, more highly educated people? Newt Gingrich says money for states has strings attached. Mark Cuban says we need to “lift up from the bottom” and help working people, implement a federal job guarantee and UBI for stay-at-home parents. Steve Doocy says we can’t really know if Covid-19 measures are working in the moment, wonders about Sweden model. Tom Cotton says we need to stop STEM student exchanges with China, implies Shakespeare was from the US? Gorka says the left hates Trump because of his masculinity.

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