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The Race to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine


MC: Nice. I like the solid shout out for our homeys over at Bon Appétit, the fellow Condé Nast brand.

LG: Yeah. Also, quarantine staples, right? Eggs and cocktails. What else do you really need?

MM: Literally nothing. Toilet paper.

LG: And toilet paper, yes. Maybe yeast.

MC: Lauren, what is your recommendation?

LG: My recommendation is our colleague, Medea Giordano, wrote a round up of all the nonprofits and companies that are helping people, either healthcare workers in the frontline or senior citizens who can’t necessarily go out and do grocery shopping themselves. And it’s a really comprehensive list, she includes of course mentions of organizations that we’re all familiar with like Oxfam and the World Health Organization and The Red Cross, but also the World Central Kitchen, specific disaster relief funds. She goes through all of the grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Stop and Shop, Costco that have specific senior hours, so that people can go shop early and when things are less crowded. She also covers a bunch of different companies in the private sector that are pivoting, if you will, to helping make masks or are donating masks.

She wrote this … Let’s see, now it’s been a week, feels like eight years of course, every week now feels so long. So, some of this has changed or evolved already, but it’s just a really good comprehensive list if you were looking to help out people in some way or if you just need a break perhaps from some of the more dire news and just want to see how people are trying to do some good in the world right now. So, I recommend checking that out. The article is called “The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic” by Medea Giordano and we’ll include this in the show notes as well. Mike, what’s yours?

MC: I am going to recommend a podcast episode of the show Under the Scales. It’s on the Osiris network, which is a jammy music network of podcasts and Under the Scales is co-hosted by the lyricist for the band Phish. His name is Tom Marshall, so a content warning, I will be talking about the band Phish for the next 30 seconds. He has a show where he interviews prominent people in that scene and last week’s episode featured Jesse Jarnow the writer, you may know him from WIRED, you may know him if you’re in the Phish world or if you’re just in the music world. Jesse talks a lot about his experience as a music writer, as a journalist, how he got into writing about music, why he writes about music, specifically why he writes about the topics that he writes about, which is Yola Tango, The Grateful Dead, Phish, the whole underground scene that revolves around that world. Jesse is a sweetheart. I’m his editor at WIRED, so I’m a little bit biased, but he’s an excellent writer and it’s just really refreshing to hear somebody talk about their profession passionately. So, I recommend that. Under the Scales, the episode that interviews Jesse Jarnow. Whether or not you like jam band music, it’s still a good interview, I promise.

LG: Mike, that is both very on-brand and also, you’re breaking away from the trend because Megan and I both recommended Condé Nast content, but that’s okay. We forgive.

MC: Well, it’s kind of Condé Nast because Jesse writes for WIRED quite often.

LG: That’s true. He’s a great writer.

MC: All right. That is our show for this week and I want to note that this is a milestone episode. It’s number 450 which is just bananas if you think about it. Thank you Megan for joining us for this very big number.

MM: Thanks Mike and Lauren for having me.

MC: Of course, and we hope to have you back soon under better circumstances. Thank you all for listening. If you have feedback, you can find all of this on Twitter. Just check the show notes. This show was produced by Boone Ashworth and our executive producer is Alex Kapelman. Thank you and we’ll be back next week.

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