The Waves

COVID Exhaustion

From never-ending planning to constant worrying about safety.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor and science writer Shannon Palus is joined by staff writer Rebecca Onion to talk parenting and family life during the delta wave. They start by talking about how they get through the days when all the news feels apocalyptic and discuss Onion’s fears for her unvaccinated child. Then they get real about their varying levels of optimism and tolerance for those who refuse to get vaccinated.


Rebecca: The Paramount+ show Evil.

Shannon: The young adult novel They’ll Never Catch Us, by Jessica Goodman.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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