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This week, Emily, David and John discuss the Trump Administration's efforts to hobble the Biden transition; ethical problems in vaccine distribution; and how to deal with the damage of the election fraud lie.
Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
Alex Kalman for the Atlantic: “The Letters That Outgoing Presidents Wrote to Their Successors”
John Dickerson for The Atlantic: “Why You Don’t Mess Around With Presidential Transitions”
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “A Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus”
Kathryn Olivarius for The New York Times: “The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege”
Jeanna Smialek and Alan Rappeport for The New York Times: “Mnuchin Cites Principles in Clawing Back Fed Money. Democrats See Politics.”
Kevin Roose, Mike Isaac, and Sheera Frenkel for The New York Times: “Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth”
Colin Dickey for Medium: “How to Talk to a Conspiracy Theorist”
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Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
John: W.E.B. Du Bois: Writings; The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry
David: Death, Sex & Money: “51 Years Loving A Man Named Sissy”; David’s twitter thread pitch for remaking Love Actually every year.
Emily and listener Barbara Torrey Workman @thethirdbarbara: Twitter thread by United Farm Workers @UFWupdates featuring farm workers at work harvesting the ingredients in favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
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