November 17, 2020

EP. 79 — A Coronavirus Update with Dr. Ashish Jha

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening across the country, so past guest Dr. Ashish Jha is returning with more answers to Adam’s questions. They discuss what the scientific community has learned about Covid-19 since March, what we now understand to be safe and unsafe, the government’s failures, why certain activities are safer than you may think, and the light at the end of the tunnel.


Adam [00:00:22]  Hello, everyone, welcome to Factually! I’m Adam Conover, and you know what, with the election here and the old U.S. of A.. It’s been a little while since we’ve talked about the coronavirus. So let’s check back in. The pandemic has been with us since March and it’s now November. It’s been a long time. And let me tell you, things are going badly. As I’m reading this yesterday, over one hundred and forty three thousand Americans tested positive for the virus, the highest ever. And nearly 1900 hundred people died yesterday, the highest number since May. You know, we’ve all been talking about when this is all over, you’ve heard that phrase. But right now the trend lines are moving in the other direction. Things are not getting towards over. Things are getting towards, still going on. And, in fact, much, much worse. Now, we do have better treatments for the virus and the hope of a vaccine is finally on the horizon. But t

Recent Episodes

July 26, 2022

How can we best help animals, when it’s we humans who cause their suffering? Animal Crisis authors Alice Crary and Lori Gruen join Adam to explain how the same systems that hurt and kill animals also harm humans. They discuss the human rights abuses that happen in industrial slaughterhouses and how palm oil monocrops are devastating the world’s rainforests. They also share how we can have solidarity with animals in our daily lives. You can purchase their book at

July 19, 2022

In times of turmoil, it can be useful to take a longer view of history. Like, a LOT longer. Paleontologist and author of “The Rise and Reign of the Mammals” Stephen Brusatte joins Adam to explain how mammals took over the Earth hundreds of millions of years ago, and why we survived and achieve sentience when dinosaurs died out. Stephen goes on to discuss why taking a deep look at our history can help prepare us for the crises of the near future. You can purchase Stephen’s book at

July 13, 2022

Trans people have existed as long as, you know, people have. But the barriers to legal inclusion and equality are still higher than most people realize. “Sex is as Sex Does” author Paisley Currah joins Adam to discuss why institutions have been slow to give legal recognition to trans identities, why Republicans have shifted their attacks from bathroom policies to trans youth in sports, and why the struggle for trans equality is tied to feminism and women’s liberation. You can purchase Paisley’s book at