Covid-19

Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439)

The modern world overwhelms us with sounds we didn’t ask for, like car alarms and cell-phone “halfalogues.” What does all this noise cost us in terms of productivity, health, and basic sanity?

Many Businesses Thought They Were Insured for a Pandemic. They Weren’t. (Ep. 437)

A fine reading of most policies for “business interruption” reveals that viral outbreaks aren’t covered. Some legislators are demanding that insurance firms pay up anyway. Is it time to rethink insurance entirely?

Is New York City Over? (Ep. 434)

The pandemic has hit America's biggest city particularly hard. Amidst a deep fiscal hole, rising homicides, and a flight to the suburbs, some people think the city is heading back to the bad old 1970s. We look at the history — and the data — to see why that’s probably not the case.

Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)

Thanks to daily Covid testing and regimented protocols, the new football season is underway. Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass. And school isn’t even a contact sport (usually).

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now (Ep. 423)

Thanks to the pandemic, the telehealth revolution we’ve been promised for decades has finally arrived. Will it stick? Will it cut costs — and improve outcomes? We ring up two doctors and, of course, an economist to find out.

Which Jobs Will Come Back, and When? (Ep. 420)

Covid-19 is the biggest job killer in a century. As the lockdown eases, what does re-employment look like? Who will be first and who last? Which sectors will surge and which will disappear? Welcome to the Great Labor Reallocation of 2020.

Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake? (NSQ Ep. 1)

Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?

What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)? (Ep. 418)

Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.

How Do You Reopen a Country? (Ep. 416)

We speak with a governor, a former C.D.C. director, a pandemic forecaster, a hard-charging pharmacist, and a pair of economists — who say it’s all about the incentives. (Pandemillions, anyone?)

Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414)

The U.S. spent the past few decades waiting for China to act like the global citizen it said it wanted to be. The waiting may be over.