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What we know about the omicron variant, cute cat videos are spreading misinformation, and the keys to critical thinking

In this photo illustration, a hand extracting a dose of
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Extracting a dose of vaccine from a vial is seen in front of the U.S. flag, Omicron (B.1.1.529), a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern continues to spread worldwide.

This hour, we talk about an assortment of topics.

First, the omicron variant has been found in at least 16 states. We’ll learn about the latest with COVID-19 and this new variant.

Then, we’ll get tips for how to think critically.

Finally, why cute cat videos have been used to spread misinformation online.


  • Dr. Leana Wen - An emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. She is a CNN medical analyst and contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Her new book is “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.”
  • Joe Árvai - The Dana and David Dornsife Professor of Psychology and Director of The Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. His recent article for The Conversation is “Aaron Rodgers dropped the ball on critical thinking -- with a little practice you can do better.”
  • Davey Alba - A technology reporter for The New York Times whose recent article is “Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.”

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show'. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern, in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC, and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show 'Next.'
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