Episode

12/21 The State of COVID Going Into The Holidays; SBF’s Legal Woes Continue w/ Dr. MarkAlain Dery & Leo Schwartz

December 21, 2022

Sam and Emma host Dr. MarkAlain Dery, infectious disease specialist at AccessHealth Louisiana and host of the Noise Filter podcast, to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and RSV heading further into the winter season. Then, they are joined by Leo Schwartz, reporter at Fortune Magazine, to discuss the recent congressional committee hearings surrounding FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the release of Trump’s tax returns, Zelensky’s appearance in DC, Wells Fargo’s multi-billion fraud fine, and the newest iteration of the Twitter Files, before diving into the Right’s response to the embarrassment, harassment, and destruction that can come from the disclosure of tax returns. Then, Dr. MarkAlain Dery joins as he dives right into the crisis of a re-emergence of the flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) coinciding with a renewed public bout with COVID, tackling whether the return of the various repertory and inflammatory viruses has to do with a lack of immunity due to COVID precautions, or if it’s simply a result of increased testing of these types of illness, before diving into the impact of inflammatory diseases in increasing risk of heart attack and stroke. Next, Dr. Dery walks through the evolving COVID policy in China, and the impact that can have on the international stage, before walking through the emerging new variants, vaccine boosting, and the various social comorbidities that we have seen in the US. Leo Schwartz then joins as he tackles what the hell Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX actually is, how they first expanded the crypto trading world before bending the rules of trade themselves, and wrap up the interview by parsing through the role of SBF and FTX in using Washington connections to help legitimize the role of crypto in US politics writ large.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss COVID, Crypto, and Dore, much to a listener’s chagrin, Dave from Jamaica stops by the studio, and Joe Manchin reminds us that the true bipartisanship was the platitudes we made along the way. Tim Pool stumbles into hosting another anti-semite on his show as he tackles whether or not Kanye is turning Jews to god, also tracing Woke Patient Zero back to the Occupy Wallstreet wet market, and Mike Lindell is censored on his own network! Kowalski from Nebraska gives his agriculture updates, plus, your calls and IMs!

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