Coming up on Connections: Monday, May 18

May 18, 2020

First hour: How to build public trust and prepare Americans for our "pandemic summer"

Second hour: Previewing NOVA's new special, "Decoding COVID-19"

In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, writer Charlie Warzel says, "Heading into our pandemic summer, my biggest worry is that in the effort to get Americans to flatten the coronavirus curve, nobody prepared the country for what comes next." He makes a case for how to build public trust and prepare Americans for the months ahead as parts of the country reopen. Our guest:

  • Charlie Warzel, New York Times opinion writer at large

Then in our second hour, a new NOVA special, "Decoding COVID-19," takes viewers inside hospitals and scientific research labs around the world during the height of the outbreak. The film follows the work of scientists as they race to develop treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, and it shares the personal stories of families who have navigated illness and loss. We preview the special with its producer, and with an infectious disease physician and an infectious disease researcher featured in the film. NOVA's "Decoding COVID-19" airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD. Our guests:

  • Sarah Holt, writer, director, and producer of NOVA's "Decoding COVID-19"
  • Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., infectious diseases physician and medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston University School of Medicine
  • Galit Alter, Ph.D., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and group leader at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard