What Next

The Lab Leak Theory

Nutty conspiracy, or plausible explanation of COVID’s source?


Episode Notes

How one theory about COVID-19’s origins went from the fringes to the mainstream—and why it just might be plausible.

Guest: Alina Chan, postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.