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The Facts And The Fiction Of Pandemic

Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
Cherry Blossoms and Coronavirus

A group of health officials gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss infectious disease learn that forty-seven people at an internment camp in Indonesia have died from acute hemorrhagic fever.

This is how Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, begins his new novelthat in many ways, predicts the pandemic we're currently experiencing. He joins us to talk about it. 

Before we get to the fiction of pandemic, we speak with an epidemiologist about the reality of our current pandemic. 


  • Michael Minais an assistant professor of epidemiology and faculty member at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (@michaelmina_lab)
  • Lawrence Wrightis an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2007. His most recent book is The End of October, a novel about a pandemic. (@lawrence_wright)

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to today's show. 

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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