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Aug 12, 2022

A new report confirms the origins of SARS-CoV-2 as a spillover event from a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Biosecurity expert Gigi Gronvall returns to the podcast to talk with Lindsay Smith Rogers about what we now know happened, why it took so long to pinpoint and confirm COVID’s origins, and why this information is...


Aug 10, 2022

Vaccine experts Drs. Anna Durbin and Bill Moss return to the podcast to talk with Lindsay Smith Rogers about the global state of COVID-19. They discuss vaccine coverage around the world, second-generation or bivalent vaccines, a new variant of concern, and what a worrying flu season in the southern hemisphere could mean...


Aug 8, 2022

New Mexico has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the US, but the problem is routinely sidestepped at best or, at worst, blamed erroneously on the Native American population. Journalist Ted Alcorn talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the barriers facing New Mexico in tackling alcohol as a public health...


Aug 5, 2022

The public health system has been fragmented and haphazard for years, and COVID-19 showed just how consequential a weak system can be. Former FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg talks with Stephanie Desmon about a Commonwealth Fund report that looks at how to build a national public health system that addresses ongoing and...


Aug 3, 2022

In the 500th episode of the Public Health on Call podcast, Dr. Chris Beyrer joins Dr. Josh Sharfstein to talk about how yet another virus has escalated to crisis levels in a short period of time. They discuss parallels and differences with the early days of the HIV epidemic, the danger of ignoring health challenges...