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Assessing the Risk of COVID-19

Why isn’t the U.S. as ready as other democracies?

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Episode Notes

On the Gist, we’ve been mean to the elderly.

In the interview, Ian Bremmer, political analyst and president of the Eurasia Group, is here to talk with Mike about how to assess the risk of the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the ways countries with different forms of government have reacted, Trump’s role in all this, and why the U.S. is so isolation-averse. Bremmer is the host of GZERO World With Ian Bremmer.

In the spiel, the media should continue coverage of  Trump’s pressers.

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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.