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EPISODE #21

Malcolm Gladwell

Renowned author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell joins us for an in-depth conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its long term impact on health care, refugees, and the economy.

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Malcolm Gladwell

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The question we are all starting to ask ourselves is what will the world look like post-COVID-19? How will this global pandemic change everything from our politics to our culture to global affairs? Acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell joins us for an in-depth conversation about the post pandemic world. How will our economy, health care, institutions, and social interactions forever be altered?

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Malcolm Gladwell

“By the time a vaccine is ready, we will have a much better understanding of who’s most vulnerable. And if we give the vaccine to anyone before those people, I will pray for our mortal souls.”

Malcolm Gladwell

“By the time a vaccine is ready, we will have a much better understanding of who’s most vulnerable. And if we give the vaccine to anyone before those people, I will pray for our mortal souls.”

Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist and the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping PointBlinkOutliersWhat the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. His latest book is Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know. He has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, producers of the podcast Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood,

Gladwell has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink and the roots of success in Outliers. With David and Goliath he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege. 

Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honoured by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.

Show Notes

You can order Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, Talking to Strangers, here.
 
Malcolm talks about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s work combatting the deadly AIDS virus. As head of NAID since 1984, Dr. Fauci advised five Presidents on HIV/AIDS and other domestic and global health issues.
 
As Malcolm mentioned, African Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID19. Much of this as to do with health, education, and socioeconomic disparities that exist between black and white Americans.
 
Malcolm and Rudyard talk about Malcolm’s Munk Debate on Progresso, which took place in Toronto in 2015. You can watch the full Munk Debate with Malcolm, Steven Pinker, Alain De Botton, and Matt Ridley here.