024 - Shelter in Place (Voskhod 1 / Dr. Samantha Montano)
Story: Three Men in a Can - Voskhod 1. The USSR beats the USA to the feat of sending a three-person crew into space by pointing at its one-man spacecraft and telling three guys "Get in there." A story (with a happy ending!) about claustrophobia as we are all starting to feel a bit cooped up from sheltering in place.
Guest: Dr. Samantha Montano, who holds a Ph.D. in emergency management, discusses the responses to COVID-19 in the US, while I fret about her heartrate getting too high from watching the White House botch this. She offers some really great insights about the nature of preparedness and...well, why we weren't prepared.
Cocktail of the month: Penicillin. Appropriate for a pandemic. YES, I know antibiotics do not work on a virus. It's thematic, in spirit.
Question Cathy returns with the mailbag.