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Masks off! Party time?


It's everybody's birthday! No, seriously. Taurus Matt Yglesias is joined by two people who also share a May 18th birthday: Vox's Libby Nelson and The Atlantic's Derek Thompson. They discuss the confusing range of public health and policy directives that have been issued to the American people over the 15+ months of the Covid pandemic. Plus, some research is discussed that evaluates the outcome of the recent rollout of universal preschool in Boston.


"The CDC's Big Mask Surprise Came Out of Nowhere" by Derek Thompson (May 14, The Atlantic)

"The CDC Is Still Repeating Its Mistakes" by Zeynep Tufekci (Apr. 28, The Atlantic)

"Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?" by Derek Thompson (Apr. 19, The Atlantic)

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Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson), Deputy Policy Editor, Vox

Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), Staff writer, The Atlantic


Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

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