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In the Bubble is the go to place to learn more about the most important news events on YOUR mind. We take the time that’s needed to go beyond the headlines with A list guests from Andy's bubble. From Tina Fay to Tony Fauci. From the next vaccine to the next election issue. To an occasional dad joke.… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Listen Now: When We Win

February 13th, 2024


Today, we are dropping in your feed to introduce you to When We Win, a new podcast from Lemonada Media that asks, is the impossible possible? What …

In The Bubble Says Goodbye Part 2

November 15th, 2023


Andy says thank you to the most important people behind In The Bubble, and they look back at their favorite moments from the last three years. Andy’s son Zach and his wife Lana return, his other son Cal makes his …

In the Bubble Says Goodbye, Part 1

November 8th, 2023


Andy calls four of his most trusted COVID experts to discuss their favorite memories from the past three years of the show. Dr. Eric Topol, Dr. …

Governor Phil Murphy Joins Andy For A Special Announcement

November 1st, 2023


Andy starts the show by making an announcement about what’s next for In The Bubble and a very big show we have coming up next week. Then New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy returns to discuss how the current situation in the …

What House Dysfunction Means for America’s Future (with David Leonhardt)

October 25th, 2023


House Republicans still can’t elect a speaker after three weeks of infighting. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt joins Andy to look at what …

Protecting Moms and Kids (with Dr. Diana Ramos)

October 18th, 2023


California is making a $4.7 billion investment in improving children’s mental health, and the state’s Surgeon General, Diana Ramos, will play an …

The Woman Who Watched the Iceberg Collapse (with Elizabeth Rush)

October 11th, 2023


Author Elizabeth Rush went to the end of the earth to find the answers to her questions about climate change. In her new book “The Quickening,” Rush recounts her journey to the Thwaites Glacier, known as the Doomsday …

What’s Happening With Your COVID Booster? (with CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen)

October 4th, 2023


CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen sits down with Andy to answer your most pressing questions about this year’s new COVID booster. When will the new …

How Gen Z Might Save Politics (w/ Layla Zaidane)

October 2nd, 2023


Could a united Gen Z hold the keys to a better future? Layla Zaidane, CEO of the Millennial Action Project, says that young politicians agree on many …

Why Labor May Determine the Next President (with Nicholas Kristof)

September 26th, 2023


As President Joe Biden joins United Auto Workers picketing in Michigan, Andy talks to New York Times Opinion writer Nicholas Kristof to test Andy's …

Inside Joe Biden’s First Term (with Franklin Foer)

September 20th, 2023


When President Biden took office in 2021, he set out to fix the institution broken by his predecessor. Over his first two years in office, he …

What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines and Variants (with Katelyn Jetelina)

September 13th, 2023


Is the new BA 2.86 variant the latest in a wave of deadly outbreaks, or just a "scariant" that is all hype? Will the new COVID booster shots work against this latest variant, and when is the best time to get an updated …

How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change (with Elizabeth Cripps)

September 6th, 2023


As an environmental philosopher, writer Elizabeth Cripps spends a lot of time thinking about what we owe the next generation -- which includes her two young daughters, who she hopes to educate and empower to become …

Why Some People Live to Be 100 (with Dan Buettner)

August 30th, 2023


Author Dan Buettner has spent his career traveling to places where people have lived the longest, healthiest, and happiest lives. He found that much of what we think drives health and happiness is misguided or just …

How Our HealthCare System Needs To (And Can) Change

August 28th, 2023


What if we reimagined the health care system so it was incentivized to keep people healthy instead of just treating them when they got sick? That’s the discussion Andy has with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and …

COVID Variants, Summer Wave and Fall Boosters (w/ Dr. Celine Gounder)

August 23rd, 2023


Two new COVID variants are making headlines this week as cases continue to rise across the United States. The new strain known as EG.5, also known as Eris, is now the most dominant strain in the U.S., while at the same …

What Trump Robbed Us Of (with Samantha Bee)

August 16th, 2023


Comedian Samantha Bee has some Choice Words for Andy when she’s In The Bubble this week. In this wide-ranging conversation, Andy and Sam chat about what we’ve lost because of former President Trump, along with his …

Why You Need to Say Yes to Affordable Housing

August 14th, 2023


America’s homelessness crisis is getting worse, despite the billions spent each year to fix it. Single family home prices continue to rise. In …

The New CDC director on the COVID Wave (w/ Dr. Mandy Cohen)

August 9th, 2023


COVID cases are rising in the U.S. -- does this mean we are on the precipice of a summer wave? That’s the question for the new head of the Centers …

Equal Pay: How US Women’s Soccer Set the Mark (with Meghan Klingenberg)

August 2nd, 2023


The U.S. women's national soccer team faces a difficult road to a threepeat at the World Cup as the round of 16 starts this weekend. But tough …

Radical changes ahead in health care (w/ Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel)

July 26th, 2023


The pandemic changed health care forever. In a special live episode taped with a virtual panel of expert listeners, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel lays out some of the biggest and most radical changes we will face over the next …

Calling Out Hollywood’s Crypto Frontmen (with Ben McKenzie)

July 19th, 2023


Teen heartthrob turned anti-crypto crusader? It may seem an unlikely path, but Ben McKenzie, the former star of "The O.C.," didn’t take the easy path to wealth promised by bitcoin that many of his peers did. Instead, he …

Good News About Drug Costs (Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival)

July 12th, 2023


More than 65 million people rely on Medicare for health insurance in the United States, and as Boomers continue to enroll, the agency is expanding …

Taking Stock of COVID-19 (with Dr. Tom Frieden)

July 5th, 2023


Three years after the start of the pandemic, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden returns to reflect on what we got right and what we got wrong in our response to COVID-19. Andy gets the definitive answer to the question …

The President Whisperer (with Anita Dunn)

June 28th, 2023


This week, Andy takes you inside the West Wing, as he chats with Senior White House Advisor Anita Dunn about what it is really like working with the president. Dunn takes us behind the scenes as she shares her insights …

Why Trump’s Attacks on the Justice Department are Preposterous (w/ Andrew McCabe)

June 21st, 2023


Now under indictment, former President Donald Trump could be on trial as soon as August. Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe joins Andy to run …

One Congressman’s Battle With Debilitating Anxiety (with Rep. Adam Smith)

June 14th, 2023


In an eye-opening and powerful episode, Andy talks to Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), one of the most powerful members of Congress, about the debilitating …

Why You Should Never Underestimate Biden (with Jennifer Rubin)

June 7th, 2023


Despite what the Republican talking points say, the latest debt ceiling crisis ended in another victory for President Joe Biden. Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin tells Andy why she believes that Biden might …

The Anti-Elon Musk (with Noam Bardin)

May 31st, 2023


Ron DeSantis’s disastrous campaign launch on Twitter Spaces drew public attention back to the ongoing collapse of Twitter since Elon Musk bought it. …

The Theatre Behind the Debt Ceiling Negotiations (with Catie Edmondson and Michael Feroli)

May 24th, 2023


Republicans in Congress are playing chicken once again with the nation’s debt ceiling. Are Republicans really ready to test what happens if both …

Biden and the Border (with Michael Shear)

May 17th, 2023


Why didn’t the long-expected surge of migrants at the US-Mexico border materialize following the end of the Title 42 policy? That’s why Andy wanted …

Is This the End of Clickbait? (with Ben Smith)

May 10th, 2023


As BuzzFeed News shuts down this week, former editor-in-chief Ben Smith joins Andy to reflect on BuzzFeed’s successes and pitfalls and the end of the first digital era of news. Smith explains how they used metrics and …

Who Should Get a Second Booster? (with Dr. Eric Topol)

May 3rd, 2023


New guidelines from the CDC have people wondering: Just who should get a second COVID booster? In the Bubble favorite Dr. Eric Topol returns to break …

In The Bubble (with Andy Slavitt)

May 1st, 2023


In the Bubble is the go to place to learn more about the most important news events on YOUR mind. We take the time that’s needed to go beyond the headlines with A list guests from Andy's bubble. From Tina Fay to Tony …

How to Rebuild Our Country After the Pandemic (with Carmen Rojas)

April 28th, 2023


A tidal wave of federal money is set to flow into communities across the country as programs like the American Rescue Plan Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act disperse …

Tucker Carlson and Our Blue Check Society (with Scott Galloway)

April 26th, 2023


Tucker Carlson’s ousting from Fox News shocked the masses on Monday. Andy processes the news with writer and business entrepreneur Scott Galloway, who offers his thoughts on the breakup and predicts whether we’ll see …

An Easier Path to Curing Disease Under Our Nose (with David Fajgenbaum)

April 24th, 2023


Dr. David Fajgenbaum nearly died five times from Castleman Disease before deciding to find a cure for the rare disorder himself. As the clock was ticking, he discovered that the inexpensive kidney transplant drug …

How to Solve the Water Crisis in the West (with Luke Runyon)

April 21st, 2023


The seven states that rely on the Colorado River for the bulk of their water supply can’t agree on how to share the depleting resource. It’s a scary, …

Awaiting the Supreme Court’s Abortion Pill Opinion

April 19th, 2023


All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, as the temporary stay in the Texas mifepristone case expires. Andy speaks with Fatima Goss Graves from …

The Clarence Thomas Problem (with Michael Waldman)

April 17th, 2023


A bombshell report from ProPublica found that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been receiving undisclosed gifts from a conservative billionaire for decades, including luxury vacations and yacht outings. Is this …

The Hole the GOP Keeps Digging on Abortion

April 14th, 2023


The Dobbs decision may be in the rearview mirror, but the abortion issue remains front and center. In fact, it’s becoming a winning platform for Democrats, as seen in the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Andy …

The Coordinated Attack on Trans Rights

April 12th, 2023


Why are conservative politicians launching a coordinated attack on transgender people right now? They’re implementing a power strategy used time and …

How Mark Cuban Defines Wokeism and Dunks on Pharma

April 10th, 2023


Mark Cuban has invested in more than a thousand companies, but only one has his name on it: Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs. Started in 2022, his business aims to disrupt the health care industry by selling prescription …

The GOP Takes on Gen Z

April 7th, 2023


In the latest iteration of voter suppression, members of the Republican Party are trying to prevent college students from voting by getting rid of …

Why the U.S. Government is Taking on TikTok

April 5th, 2023


What’s truly behind the proposed bill in Congress to ban the TikTok app? Andy thinks it may have more to do with U.S.-China competition than national …

The Arrest of Donald Trump

April 3rd, 2023


Former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender for his arraignment in New York tomorrow. What is Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case, how will it impact Trump’s presidential primary campaign, and is …

The Politics of COVID (with Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

March 31st, 2023


The question of where COVID came from has been clouded by politics since the beginning. New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg separates the …

What the White House is Saying About COVID Now (with Dr. Ashish Jha)

March 29th, 2023


The White House is ending the public health emergency and disbanding its COVID response team. Andy calls up outgoing coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha to find out what this means for the American people. Jha explains why the …

‘You Can’t Back Down’: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

March 27th, 2023


To honor the third anniversary of In the Bubble, Andy calls up his friend and former NIH director Dr. Anthony Fauci to reflect on the pandemic and the indelible mark it left on his career. Fauci shares his advice on how …

Will Trump Instigate More Political Violence? (with Adrienne LaFrance)

March 24th, 2023


Many of us were on edge this week awaiting the possible criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. Trump himself called for protests ahead of his expected indictment, awakening the possibility of more …

What It’s Like to Be Poor in America (with Matthew Desmond)

March 22nd, 2023


If poverty is a problem the U.S. knows how to fix, why do 40 million Americans live below the poverty line? Because a lot of us benefit from poor …

How Our Oceans Can Save the Planet

March 20th, 2023


In a historic United Nations treaty, countries around the world agreed to protect ocean biodiversity by conserving 30 percent of the earth’s open oceans by 2030. Andy speaks with UN senior adviser Susan Ruffo about why …

Could Your Bank Fail?

March 17th, 2023


Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse triggered the second-largest bank run in U.S. history. Who banked at SVB, how did it collapse, why did the federal …

Why Is Everyone Taking Diabetes Drugs to Lose Weight?

March 15th, 2023


Medications approved for people with diabetes and obesity have recently gotten a lot of media attention as a potential easy way to shed pounds. What are the physical and societal risks of using drugs like Ozempic and …

Did the Pandemic Change Your Job Forever?

March 13th, 2023


Half of people who can do their jobs remotely are now working in a hybrid arrangement. That means they're working from home some days and a physical …

Will Climate Change Force You to Move? (with Jake Bittle)

March 10th, 2023


Droughts, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events are forcing Americans to move. In his new book, “The Great Displacement: Climate Change And …

Are We on the Verge of Curing Alzheimer’s?

March 8th, 2023


More than 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, meaning it touches almost all our lives. That number could double by 2050, unless a cure is …

COVID Behind Bars (with Prof. Aaron Littman)

March 6th, 2023


During the beginning of the Pandemic, prisons were a hothouse for COVID infections. In some states, deaths from Covid more than doubled. Andy talks with Aaron Littman, director of the COVID Behind Bars Data Project, …

Fox News and Why Some in Media Lie to Us (with Dylan Byers)

March 3rd, 2023


Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch admitted under oath that hosts promoted election fraud claims while privately criticizing Trump officials. That’s just one revelation in the $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox by Dominion …

Big Oil’s 9 Biggest Lies About Climate (with Bill McKibben and Neela Banerjee)

March 1st, 2023


Record gas prices helped oil giants rake in record profits last year while the climate crisis continues escalating. The companies say they are …

The Man Charged with Getting Us to Net Zero Emissions (with John Podesta)

February 27th, 2023


Several bills signed into federal law by President Biden pave the way for considerable investments in the fight against climate change. But what exactly are those investments and where will they show up in your everyday …

The War in Ukraine: Year Two (with Liana Fix)

February 24th, 2023


We are one year into the largest and deadliest war in Europe since World War II. President Biden marked the anniversary with a surprise visit to Ukraine while Vladimir Putin countered with a major speech from Moscow. …

Narcan: A Million Lives Worth Saving

February 22nd, 2023


Every five minutes an American dies from an opioid or fentanyl overdose. An FDA panel is recommending Narcan be sold over the counter, which experts …

What the End of the COVID Emergency Declaration Means for You (with Dr. Megan Ranney)

February 20th, 2023


The federal COVID-19 public health emergency ends on May 11. What does that mean for the cost of vaccines, access to testing, and treatment options? Andy poses those questions to ER physician (and soon to be dean of …

Inside the Search for Life Beyond Earth (with NASA’s Laurie Leshin)

February 17th, 2023


If you view the idea of life on other planets as only science fiction, Laurie Leshin will prove you wrong. As the head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion …

A Post-Memphis Pulse Check on Policing (with DeRay Mckesson)

February 15th, 2023


It’s hard to tell if the nation is making progress on police reform when another high profile killing like that of Tyre Nichols hits the news. Have …

Why All the Squawking Over Bird Flu?

February 13th, 2023


The bird flu is jumping mammal species, from chickens to minks to seals, giving it more opportunities to mutate. Andy talks to epidemiologist Katelyn …

Boomers v. Millennials (with Philip Bump)

February 10th, 2023


How will America change as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials gain more power? White House advisor Andy Slavitt talks to Washington Post columnist …

Is There More to DeSantis Than Culture Wars? (with Charlie Sykes)

February 8th, 2023


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is likely to be Donald Trump’s greatest challenger for the GOP presidential nomination. The Bulwark editor Charlie …

Andy Talks to ChatGPT, a Congressman, and an Expert about AI

February 6th, 2023


Artificial intelligence programs like Chat GPT are becoming so advanced that it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between something a human …

New Discoveries on Long COVID (with Dr. Eric Topol)

February 3rd, 2023


Three years into the pandemic, roughly 65 million people suffering from Long COVID worldwide are still looking for answers to the mix of symptoms that has baffled doctors and experts. Dr. Eric Topal and three …

What Happens if America Defaults on its Debt? (with Jason Furman)

February 1st, 2023


America’s debt represents every deficit that's been run by every president, from George Washington to Joe Biden. Now, there’s a showdown between the White House and Congress over whether or not the House will vote to …

The Blue State Homelessness Crisis

January 30th, 2023


Why do progressive states with lots of wealth often have the worst homelessness problem? Simply put, they stopped building enough affordable housing. …

Results from the World’s Longest Happiness Study

January 27th, 2023


The pandemic has caused many of us to ask ourselves what is truly important in our lives. What makes us happy? To answer that question, Andy brings …

How to Meet Safely Without Masks (with Mike Osterholm)

January 25th, 2023


Epidemiologist Mike Osterholm has devised a three-part formula for what to do if you want to get together with people in close quarters without a …

Turning Down the Heat on Gas Stove Culture Wars

January 23rd, 2023


The latest fire in the culture war ignited when a government official suggested the possibility of banning gas stoves. Republicans quickly took to …

Stop Hitting Kids in the Head (with Chris Nowinski)

January 20th, 2023


There’s a renewed debate over safety in football after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s two serious concussions and Buffalo Bills …

How Grant Wahl’s Widow Fights COVID Disinformation (with Dr. Céline Gounder)

January 18th, 2023


When soccer journalist Grant Wahl died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm during the World Cup, his wife Dr. Céline Gounder was bombarded by messages …

George Floyd, MLK, and the Power of Discussing Race (with Keith Ellison)

January 16th, 2023


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has spent more than 20 years fighting for civil rights and racial justice, including successfully …

A Broken Promise to Afghan Women

January 13th, 2023


When the United States pulled out of Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban promised that women would be allowed to exercise their human rights within the …

Crossing the Rural-Urban Divide (with Governor Tim Walz)

January 11th, 2023


As fringe Republicans drive the agenda in Congress, Andy turns to the hope found in many states through newly elected and reelected governors. Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joins to discuss how he was able to …

January’s COVID Wave (with Laurie Garrett)

January 9th, 2023


XBB.1.5 is being called the most transmissible subvariant of Omicron to date. With multiple mechanisms to evade our immune system, including getting …

2023's Congressional Circus (with Mark Leibovich)

January 6th, 2023


This year’s Congress is off to an astonishing start. As Kevin McCarthy moves his furniture into the speaker's office despite not having the votes, Andy talks to journalist Mark Leibovich about the shenanigans taking …

The January 6 Committee Results (with Rep. Jamie Raskin)

January 4th, 2023


Congressman Jamie Raskin and the rest of the January 6 Committee are out with their final report. Andy asks Jamie about the chargeable offenses, what a criminal referral to the Justice Department does, and how to stop …

Presenting: This Day In Esoteric Political History

January 2nd, 2023


From our friends at This Day In Esoteric Political History, we bring you a recent episode about the 2012 GOP “Growth and Opportunity Report” – the …

Why Student Debt Forgiveness is Good for America

December 30th, 2022


Andy wants to share one of his favorite episodes from this year that’s just as relevant today as it was when we taped it. Millions of student loan borrowers breathed a sigh of relief after the White House revealed a …

Gas Up, Stocks Down: How to Weather Today’s Economy

December 28th, 2022


Andy wants to share one of his favorite episodes from this year that’s just as relevant today as it was when we taped it. The price of goods like …

Can Social Media Be Saved?

December 23rd, 2022


Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has reignited a debate about the dangers of social media. It may seem like all funny gifs and nephew photos, but these …

A 2023 Economic Forecast You Can Use (with Justin Wolfers)

December 21st, 2022


Has inflation peaked? What will the economy look like next year? Are we heading into a recession? What will happen to unemployment and home prices? …

How 15 Million Americans Could Lose Health Insurance in 2023

December 19th, 2022


The public health emergency declared when COVID-19 hit the U.S. in early 2020 is expected to end this coming spring. What does that mean for the vaccines and testing that Americans have been receiving for free, not to …

NYC’s Controversial Plan for the Homeless

December 16th, 2022


New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ controversial plan to address homelessness would allow police to involuntarily remove people with mental illness from …

The Deception Behind Crypto, and its Actual Uses (with Laura Shin)

December 14th, 2022


Many crypto platforms entice new investors by saying you should buy into the industry even if you don't understand it, or else risk getting left …

Andy Recommends: Uncared For

December 12th, 2022


Andy wants to share a new show from Lemonada Media called Uncared For. You’re more likely to die as a pregnant person in the United States than any other wealthy nation in the world. Why? This six-part series, hosted by …

How Antisemitism Became Mainstream

December 9th, 2022


Antisemitism is infiltrating mainstream politics and pop culture in new and pernicious ways. Fresh off a meeting at the White House about the rise of …

Is Our Winter COVID Wave Coming? (with Katelyn Jetelina)

December 7th, 2022


Despite some uptick in cases and hospitalizations, COVID is disrupting life less this winter compared to winters past. Why, and what does that mean …

Inside Russia’s Brutality in Ukraine (with Nicholas Kristof)

December 5th, 2022


New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof spent more than a week in Ukraine touring towns recently abandoned by Russian forces and speaking with …

What Zero-COVID Protests Mean for China and the World

December 2nd, 2022


The widespread protests against the Chinese government are the most extensive since Tiananmen Square in 1989. The demonstrations are against both the …

Free Vaccines For All Are Ending. What’s Next? (with CVS Health’s Tom Moriarty)

November 30th, 2022


With the next round of COVID-19 funding stalled in Congress, Americans face a future where vaccines and tests will no longer be free for everyone. Andy speaks with CVS Health’s Executive Vice President Tom Moriarty, who …

Showing Up Every Day of the Year (with Shannon Watts)

November 28th, 2022


The five people killed in Colorado Springs this month join 18,000 other Americans who died of gun homicides this year. Stephanie Wittels Wachs sits …

Matthew McConaughey on Gratitude, Fatherhood, and Philosophy

November 25th, 2022


On this holiday weekend, we celebrate a favorite episode from earlier this year. Oscar winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey comes in …

Presenting Audio Reality : Being GOLDEN

November 23rd, 2022


The producers of this series would like to share with you another series they know you’ll love. BEING is reality TV for your ears, an innovative new …

The Doctor Can't See You Now (with Dr. Christine Sinsky)

November 21st, 2022


Americans are having a hard time getting in to see a doctor, and burnout among heathcare workers is a leading reason why. The stressors of the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated a burnout crisis among physicians and nurses. …

How Democrats Beat the Odds in the Midterms (with Molly Ball)

November 18th, 2022


Democrats defied expectations in this year’s midterm elections, maintaining control of the Senate and keeping the GOP from gaining ground in the …

How to Prepare For The Winter Tripledemic (with Dr Caitlin Rivers)

November 16th, 2022


Some pediatric units are reaching capacity already and experts are warning of a possible "Tripledemic" of respiratory viruses this winter. With an early surge in RSV cases, the upcoming flu season and the possibility of …

Trump’s Next Move (with Maggie Haberman)

November 14th, 2022


Trump is expected to formally announce his run for president any day now. His reputation was tarnished after the predicted red wave in the midterms didn’t surface, but as New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reminds …

Revisiting the Case for Climate Optimism

November 11th, 2022


With a potentially split legislature on the horizon, passing climate policy could become a lot more difficult. We revisit a recent show on one piece …

Midterm Reactions (with Al Franken and Ken Rudin)

November 9th, 2022


Republicans expected to celebrate a red wave this morning. Instead, we’re all left wondering who will control the Senate, and what’s next for …

The Supreme Court’s Effect on the Midterms (with Dahlia Lithwick)

November 7th, 2022


Leading up to Election Day, we’re revisiting a favorite episode with lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick. Dahlia explains in detail the …

The Funny Thing About Crippling Depression (with Comedian Gary Gulman)

November 4th, 2022


For most of us, our mental health took a hit during the pandemic. Gary Gulman knows a little something about severe depression. His HBO special, “The …

A Sneak Peek at our Future (with William MacAskill)

November 2nd, 2022


We are living in a time of incredible technological advances that pose both opportunities and risks to the human species. Andy speaks with futurist …

How the Midterms Could Give Rise to More MAGA Extremism (with Robert Draper)

October 31st, 2022


MAGA Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene will hold major influence in the House if the GOP takes back the majority in the midterms. What impact …

Where Roe Shows Up on Your Ballot

October 28th, 2022


Abortion access is on the midterm ballot in more ways than one, from state measures restricting and expanding rights to federal races that will decide the future of nationwide legislation like Senator Lindsey Graham’s …

Obama’s Speechwriter on Instilling Hope (with Cody Keenan)

October 26th, 2022


Words matter. Coming from the highest office, they have the power to bring the nation together or tear it apart. Andy speaks with Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter Cody Keenan about some of the most high-stakes speeches …

How Saudi Arabia is Fueling Russia’s War (with the State Department’s Derek Chollet)

October 24th, 2022


Saudi Arabia’s push for OPEC+ to cut oil production is fueling Russia's coffers in its war in Ukraine. Andy talks to US Secretary of State Anthony …

Why the Jan. 6 Hearings Came Too Late

October 21st, 2022


The Jan. 6 hearings were must-see TV for many Americans, but did they come too late?  Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian and Politico’s Rachael Bade …

Prescription Drug Costs Are About to Drop (with Sec. Xavier Becerra)

October 19th, 2022


Prescription drugs are about to become more affordable for millions of Americans, despite the efforts of the pharmaceutical lobby. HHS Secretary …

COVID-19 Winter Wave Warning Signs (with Katelyn Jetelina)

October 17th, 2022


How bad will this winter’s COVID-19 wave be? That’s what Andy asks epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina, who’s been watching Europe closely and combing …

The Six Senate Races That Matter (with CNN’s John King, Part 2)

October 14th, 2022


CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King is back in the bubble to break down the major House and Senate races this midterm that will determine …

Will Election Deniers Win in the Midterms? (with CNN’s John King, Part 1)

October 12th, 2022


With less than a month until Election Day, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King returns to the bubble to dig deep into the key themes and dynamics unique to this midterm. Andy asks which issues are galvanizing …

Upcoming SCOTUS Cases that Could Change America (with Leah Litman)

October 10th, 2022


The last SCOTUS term was monumental, with a leaked draft and major precedents like Roe v. Wade overturned. What can we expect from this upcoming term? Michigan Law Professor Leah Litman ranks the most important cases …

Navigating Putin’s Escalating Threat of Nuclear War

October 7th, 2022


President Biden says Vladimir Putin is not joking about his threats to use nuclear weapons to get out of the war in the Ukraine. As tensions escalate worldwide, America continues to supply the Ukrainian army with the …

Trump and Putin (with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser)

October 5th, 2022


Donald Trump is taking center stage in the midterm elections, even though he isn’t on the ballot. And to this day there are still unanswered questions about his presidency: what was the true nature of his relationship …

How Hunger in America Drives the Obesity Epidemic

October 3rd, 2022


At its first hunger summit in 50 years, the White House announced a plan last week to end hunger and reduce obesity by 2030. Is that really possible, and what will it take to get there? Andy speaks with Dr. Fatima Cody …

On the Road with Asylum Seekers

September 30th, 2022


An immigrant’s unpredictable journey to America doesn’t end when they get to the border. Political stunts by Governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis …

How Much Pain Will It Take to Crush Inflation? (with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari)

September 28th, 2022


The Federal Reserve is continuing to raise interest rates in an attempt to crush record high inflation. But how far will they go, could it lead us …

Why Democracy Really Is in Danger (with David Leonhardt)

September 26th, 2022


Election denialism represents a fundamental breakdown in our democracy, a problem America has never experienced in its history. But that’s not it. There’s also an increasingly alarming disconnection between public …

How We Can Put Every Kid through College

September 23rd, 2022


What if every baby could receive a college savings account, regardless of the financial situation they’re born into? That’s the mission behind baby …

What’s Happened to Our Supreme Court? (with Dahlia Lithwick)

September 21st, 2022


Four years of new judges on the Supreme Court have transformed the landscape of what justice in America looks like. Andy unpacks that landscape with lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who explains in detail the …

The First Two Years of Biden (with Chief of Staff Ron Klain)

September 19th, 2022


Andy takes a look at the first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency with his Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, who breaks down the successes and obstacles the administration has faced and the national agenda moving forward. In …

Weather Whiplash: What to Do About Worsening Droughts and Floods

September 16th, 2022


From droughts to fires to floods, a year of extreme weather is taking a toll on communities from Jackson, Mississippi to Pakistan. Climate change is …

The Origins of COVID-19 (with Kristian Andersen)

September 14th, 2022


At first, researcher Kristian Andersen believed that COVID-19 most likely originated from a lab leak. But he changed his mind upon greater investigation, and is now certain the Huanan market in Wuhan, China, was the …

Your Guide to the New COVID Vaccines (with Ashish Jha)

September 12th, 2022


Updated vaccines to fight Omicron for Americans 12 and older are now available, but you may have questions about when to get the shot and how …

Two Ways to Help Kids Bounce Back from Falling Behind in School

September 9th, 2022


Kids are back in school, routine testing has begun, and new data shows math and reading skills have plunged since the pandemic. How do we spend the …

How COVID-19 Attacked Learning (with Anya Kamenetz)

September 7th, 2022


Kids and teenagers across the country are still recovering from the learning loss caused by schools shutting down during the height of the pandemic. …

In the Bubble Presents: Chasing Life (with Sanjay Gupta)

September 5th, 2022


On this Labor Day, Andy is recommending a stellar CNN podcast: Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. In this episode, Sanjay explores the endless loop of pain we can feel after a loved one dies. What happens when grief …

Why Student Debt Forgiveness is Good for America

September 2nd, 2022


Millions of student loan borrowers breathed a sigh of relief after the White House revealed a plan to wipe clean a huge swath of debt. But how …

How the CDC Must Change (with Director Rochelle Walensky)

August 31st, 2022


CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made a bold move earlier this month when she publicly acknowledged the major mistakes her agency made during the …

How to Fix Air Quality in Schools

August 29th, 2022


As kids head back to school, many parents and teachers worry about air quality amid viruses like COVID-19. Rather than waiting for your school’s HVAC …

The Return of Polio

August 26th, 2022


Polio has been detected in New York wastewater following the case of a man infected and paralyzed by the virus in July. How much is the virus …

Ten Questions for Dr. Fauci, from Boosters and Polio to Retirement

August 24th, 2022


On the heels of his retirement announcement, Dr. Anthony Fauci answers crowdsourced questions on fall boosters, the CDC’s changing mask and isolation …

Matthew McConaughey Gets In the Bubble

August 22nd, 2022


Oscar winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey comes In the Bubble to talk about the big lessons: what unites us, what he has learned about being a dad, what values really matter, and what we owe our kids. …

Do Any of the Four Legal Cases Against Trump Matter?

August 19th, 2022


Of the four legal cases pending against former President Trump, which is the most likely to see a courtroom or end in a guilty verdict? Andy runs through the drama at Mar-a-Lago, the criminal investigation in Georgia, …

The White House’s Plan to Contain Monkeypox

August 17th, 2022


President Biden has tapped two new federal monkeypox responders -- the CDC’s Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and FEMA’s Robert Fenton -- and we hear from them today on the latest inside plans to combat this growing epidemic. …

How the Nightmare of Family Separations at the Border Became Reality (with Caitlin Dickerson)

August 15th, 2022


More than 5,000 children were torn from their parents at the Mexican border during Donald Trump’s presidency, and more than 150 children have yet to be reunited. Atlantic writer Caitlin Dickerson spent 18 months …

Are Schools and Colleges the Next Monkeypox Hotspots?

August 12th, 2022


Andy looks around the corner to see who may be at risk of Monkeypox next. Should sexually active teenagers and college students get vaccinated? What …

How to Treat Your COVID (with Drs. Bob Wachter and Taison Bell)

August 10th, 2022


With lots of COVID treatments now available, how do you know which one, if any, is right for you? Andy found himself just as confused as the rest of us when he fell ill with the virus. Using his own experience as a case …

Leaving the Bubble for the Real World (with Patton Oswalt)

August 8th, 2022


COVID is definitely not over, but life is still going on. As we emerge from our bubbles (with no lack of trepidation), Andy calls up comedian Patton Oswalt to talk about what life is like back on the road, making movies …

The Case for Climate Optimism (with Gavin Schmidt and Leah Stokes)

August 5th, 2022


The United States is on the brink of passing a climate bill that could get us closer to making real progress against climate change than we’ve ever …

Is the Economy Getting Better? (with Justin Wolfers)

August 3rd, 2022


With interest rates and prices rising and GDP declining, many Americans want to know: Are we are in a recession, and should we be worried? Andy calls …

How Nasal Vaccines Could Transform the Pandemic (with Eric Topol)

August 1st, 2022


COVID-19 vaccines are no longer blocking infections like they used to. Nasal vaccines could help patch up the holes where the new variants like BA.5 …

Who’s Most at Risk of Monkeypox as It Spreads

July 29th, 2022


Monkeypox is currently spreading mostly within the queer community, but experts warn the diseases could expand its reach into other groups where …

Why Do Some People Keep Getting COVID? (with Eric Topol)

July 27th, 2022


With BA.5 infecting and reinfecting people around the world, Andy wants to know why some people keep getting COVID while others seemingly never contract the virus. Apart from your daily safety decisions, it may have to …

The Jan 6 Enablers Won’t Quit Trump (with Mark Leibovich)

July 25th, 2022


The January 6 hearings have proven how few people in Donald Trump’s inner circle stood up against his mission to overthrow the election results. How …

A Post-Roe Update on Male Birth Control

July 22nd, 2022


The number one way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy (apart from abstinence) is with contraception. But why does so much of that burden fall on women? In an eye-opening conversation about the development of male birth …

Why Government Is Not a Bad Word (with Adam Conover)

July 20th, 2022


Andy talks with comedian Adam Conover about his Netflix show, "The G Word," where he partnered with President Obama to educate Americans on how the federal government works and what needs fixing within it. From public …

The NRA's First Major Defeat In Decades (with Sen. Chris Murphy)

July 18th, 2022


The first major bipartisan gun bill in three decades is now law. Much of this is due to the work of Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who helped bring senators from both sides of the aisle together. Senator Murphy joins Andy …

‘988 Is for Everyone’: Inside the New Mental Health Hotline

July 15th, 2022


988 is now the 911 of mental health emergencies. The three-digit number will connect you to a crisis call center in your area and a trained counselor to talk, text, or chat with. Andy speaks with Wendy Martinez Farmer …

BA.5 and Our Disappearing Immunity (with Bill Hanage)

July 13th, 2022


Reinfections across the country are being driven by an explosion in cases of BA.5, the latest variant of COVID-19. Andy asks Harvard epidemiologist …

Why Air Travel is Such a Mess (with United CEO Scott Kirby)

July 11th, 2022


Demand for air travel is back in a big way, but judging by the rise in delayed and canceled flights it seems like the airline industry got caught flat footed. What’s up? Andy grills United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on …

Forget What You Know About Fentanyl

July 8th, 2022


With fentanyl deaths at a record high, Andy speaks with two experts about rethinking opioids, overdoses, and addiction. Ed Ternan, a father whose son died from fentanyl poisoning after buying a fake Percocet on …

Putting PTSD Recovery Before the Presidency (with Jason Kander)

July 6th, 2022


Democratic up-and-comer Jason Kander was about to announce his presidential campaign when, in 2018, he revealed that he suffered from PTSD and …

The Great American Vaccine Debate (re-air with Ken Burns)

July 4th, 2022


On this Fourth of July holiday, we’re returning to a favorite episode with filmmaker Ken Burns about his latest documentary, “Benjamin Franklin.” …

What Tradeoffs Are We Willing to Make for Cheaper Gas?

July 1st, 2022


With gas prices soaring over $5 a gallon as Americans hit the road this Fourth of July weekend, Andy asks the question on many of our minds: what …

The Latest on COVID Testing and Summer Travel (with Drs. Michael Mina and Patrice Harris)

June 29th, 2022


As you head out on your summer trips, how often should you and your family test for COVID-19? Andy gets practical advice from epidemiologist and show …

Special Episode: The Impact of the End of Roe v. Wade

June 25th, 2022


In this special breaking-news edition, Andy helps you understand the impact of yesterday's Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. As health clinics in several states halt abortion procedures due to the decision, Andy …

How Omicron Changes Your Odds of Long COVID

June 24th, 2022


A new study out of England found the risk of Long COVID to be lower with the Omicron variant compared to Delta. That’s good news, but there are some caveats. Andy chats with one of the researchers behind the study, Dr. …

Four Pieces of COVID News and the Big Lie (with Dan Pfeiffer)

June 22nd, 2022


Andy starts the show with some good news about COVID-19, regarding case numbers, child vaccines, and a new study on long COVID and Omicron. Then, …

Texas Is a Litmus Test for America's Politics (with Beto O’Rourke)

June 20th, 2022


Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor in nearly 30 years. Why does Beto O’Rourke think he can change that? Andy sits down with the former presidential candidate to discuss how the families of Uvalde victims are doing, …

Spotlight on Gun Bill and Insurrection Hearings

June 17th, 2022


This week’s bipartisan hearings on the January 6 insurrection coincided with the preliminary announcement on a bipartisan gun bill in the Senate. We take a look at what led to this cross-party cooperation – in Congress …

What to Expect with the Next COVID-19 Vaccines

June 15th, 2022


Americans will soon have access to several new COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA is expected to finally approve Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children under 5 as well as the protein-based Novavax vaccine. Looking ahead, the …

Record Inflation and What’s Next (with Larry Summers)

June 13th, 2022


Our pocketbooks are reeling from May's 40-year high inflation, and price gains don’t seem to be easing. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers saw …

Moving from Crisis to Action on Gun Safety

June 10th, 2022


Four years after the first March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C., survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, …

Summer Escape: In the Cockpit with Top Gun's Jay Ellis

June 8th, 2022


Actor Jay Ellis is in the hottest movie of the summer – Top Gun: Maverick. Andy escapes with Jay into a world of nostalgia, childhood dreams coming true, and trying to act while traveling 1,200 mph and 8 Gs without …

Preventing More Baby Formula Shortages (with General Gustave Perna)

June 6th, 2022


As the man responsible for manufacturing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year, US Army four-star General Gustave Perna has a thing or two to say about today’s supply chain issues. He says product …

Gas Up, Stocks Down: How to Weather Today’s Economy

June 3rd, 2022


The price of goods like gasoline and food is up sharply amid the highest inflation since the 1970s, and a stock market slump may be impacting your …

How the Senate is Failing Us (with Al Franken)

June 1st, 2022


Many Americans don’t feel like the politicians they elect are creating the laws they want, including common sense gun regulations, paid family leave, …

Last Day Special: Unpacking Fear, Danger, and Mass Shootings

May 30th, 2022


On this Memorial Day, the producers of In the Bubble wanted to share another Lemonada Media show that they hope you will find helpful as the country …

Processing Another School Shooting with a Mom Who Lived It

May 27th, 2022


Following this week’s shooting in Uvalde, Andy speaks with a mother who knows the pain parents of the victims are experiencing. Rhonda Hart lost her …

Should We Worry About Monkeypox? (with Anne Rimoin)

May 25th, 2022


For those overwhelmed by the news of yet another infectious disease outbreak by the name of monkeypox, this episode is for you. With an equal dose of relief and urgency, Andy invites one of the world’s leading experts …

The Next COVID Threats Emerging Around the Globe (with Katherine Wu)

May 23rd, 2022


COVID-19 variants are evolving around the world, impacting the trajectory of the pandemic and our ability to fight it. Andy speaks with …

How Far-Right Extremism Became Mainstream

May 20th, 2022


The echoes of white nationalism have seeped into talking points espoused by conservative media and the GOP party. The shooting in Buffalo is the latest example of where those dangerous thoughts can lead. Andy speaks …

Seven Ways to Help Our Stressed Kids (with Dr. Nzinga Harrison)

May 18th, 2022


Our nation’s children are experiencing some of the highest levels of stress in history due to the pandemic, yet they lack the skills to properly verbalize and manage their mental health. The good news? It’s not too late …

Midterm Election Primer (with CNN's John King)

May 16th, 2022


With the 2022 primaries underway and the midterms in less than six months, CNN’s John King has his iconic magic wall prepped and ready for election coverage. Tracking the races more closely than arguably anyone else, …

Lack of Women Politicians Doomed Roe - Here's How To Get Them Elected

May 13th, 2022


Women make up more than half of the U.S. population, yet less than a third of the nation’s elected leaders. It’s not because they’re not winning. …

Your Top 10 Questions for Biden’s COVID Coordinator (with Dr. Ashish Jha)

May 11th, 2022


You asked, we answered! Andy asks Dr. Ashish Jha, current White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, the top 10 questions submitted by listeners, including our overall risk levels, what’s next for vaccines, how to …

One Million COVID Deaths, Who is Accountable? (with Trump Coronavirus Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx)

May 9th, 2022


As the U.S. hits the tragic milestone of 1,000,000 deaths, Andy talks with Dr. Deborah Birx to explore how it happened and some of the most pivotal moments of President Donald Trump’s COVID response. Birx says she knew …

Post-Roe America up Close: 1,000 Miles to an Abortion

May 6th, 2022


A post-Roe America could become a reality soon, if Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft ruling becomes the court’s final decision. From the …

Twice as Likely to Die from COVID (with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun)

May 4th, 2022


Early on in the pandemic, people of color were nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19. Those health inequities weren’t surprising to Dr. Joneigh …

The Bubble Expands (Official Trailer)

May 3rd, 2022


Since the beginning of the pandemic shutdown, In the Bubble has been your home for facts, guidance, and a slice of hope in a hopeless time. Now, as we emerge from our COVID bubbles, there are still lots of issues that …

Exclusive: FDA Commissioner on COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 0-5 (with Robert Califf)

April 28th, 2022


Many parents with young children have one question: When will my kid be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine? They got one step closer to an answer this week, when Moderna filed an Emergency Use Authorization for a vaccine …

Are We on Our Way to a Game-Changing Flu Vaccine? (with Uwe Schoenbeck)

April 27th, 2022


For decades, the messenger RNA (mRNA) platform was seen as too unstable and expensive to be used in vaccines or therapeutic medicines. That changed when the COVID-19 pandemic sparked enough urgency, resources, and money …

COVID Update: Making Sense of Maskless Travel

April 25th, 2022


Some passengers ripped off their masks in jubilee while others froze in horror when airlines across the country announced mid-flight that a Florida judge had struck down the CDC’s travel mask mandate last week. What …

How the Pandemic Changed Health Care (with Dr. Alan Lotvin)

April 20th, 2022


What if we could take the best of what we learned from the pandemic to build a better and more equitable health care system? What would it look like? …

Our Next COVID Vaccines (with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla)

April 18th, 2022


Andy sits down with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who is cautiously optimistic that a vaccine for children under 5 will get approved by June and a variant-specific vaccine that better protects against Omicron will be …

Last Day Preview: Everyone Out Here is Armed

April 16th, 2022


Last Day is back for season 3, and in episode 1, our team travels to Montana, where cowboy culture reigns supreme, everyone is armed, and 86% of …

Everything We Know about Long COVID

April 13th, 2022


While COVID caseloads are decreasing in many parts of the United States, many people who have been afflicted throughout the past two years of the pandemic are still suffering with what is commonly called "Long COVID." …

Preparing for a Russian Cyberattack on U.S. Infrastructure (with Juliette Kayyem)

April 11th, 2022


Andy talks with disaster expert Juliette Kayyem about how to prepare for scary and unpredictable things, from hurricanes to cyber attacks. As the …

Why Democracy Depends on Putin's Defeat (with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch)

April 6th, 2022


Andy speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch about how she anticipates the Russian invasion of Ukraine playing out and why the fight for democracy can take decades. She explains how her parents' …

Should You Get Another COVID Booster Now? (with FDA’s Peter Marks)

April 4th, 2022


Andy talks with Dr. Peter Marks about the FDA’s authorization of a fourth round of vaccines for those 50 and older. As the director of the Center for …

The Great American Vaccine Debate (with Ken Burns)

March 30th, 2022


When he wasn’t busy taming electricity and being a Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was encouraging inoculations to combat the …

Why Texas's Bullying of Trans Kids Matters to Everyone (with Admiral Rachel Levine)

March 28th, 2022


While states like Texas and Florida target LGBTQ+ youth and families, Andy digs into the top issues affecting our nation's health with Admiral Rachel Levine, a pediatrician currently serving as Assistant Secretary for …

The Next COVID Crisis: Funding (with Jeff Zients and Zeke Emanuel)

March 23rd, 2022


Andy tackles the pressing need for more COVID funding with two guests who are fighting to make it happen: outgoing White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients and former COVID Transition Team member Dr. Zeke …

America's Next Omicron Wave (with Bill Hanage)

March 21st, 2022


Andy brings Harvard epidemiologist Bill Hanage back to discuss what the US can expect to see with the new Omicron subvariant BA.2. How will our bump …

Is Ukraine the One Issue Congress Can Agree On? (with Rep. Ro Khanna)

March 16th, 2022


Andy begins by talking about the rise in COVID cases around the world and what that could mean for us here in America. Then, listen in as Andy and …

Inside the Three Russian Nuclear Threats (with Senator Tim Kaine)

March 14th, 2022


Andy gets to the bottom of Vladimir Putin's escalating nuclear threats with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists. Plus, …

Is the Pandemic Over If We Decide It Is? (with David Ho)

March 9th, 2022


As mask mandates and vaccine requirements go away and life starts to look similar to the way it did in February 2020, Andy talks with world-renowned …

On the Ground with the Citizens of Ukraine (with Jim Sciutto)

March 7th, 2022


As Russia cracks down on the truth about the war in Ukraine, Andy connects with Jim Sciutto, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent, on the ground in Lviv. Jim tells Andy about some of the Ukrainians he’s spoken …

What the Russian Sanctions Mean Here and Abroad (with David Frum)

March 2nd, 2022


Andy digs into the global sanctions levied against Vladimir Putin and Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine with Atlantic staff writer David …

How Is SARS-CoV-2 Going to Evolve, and What Does It Mean for Our Future? (with Jesse Bloom)

February 28th, 2022


Andy tries to get a glimpse into SARS-CoV-2's future with Fred Hutchinson molecular biologist Jesse Bloom. Jesse is studying the ways the virus could …

Who Will Take Care of Me When I Get Old?

February 23rd, 2022


The pandemic forced us to confront many previously unacknowledged societal issues, including the lack of infrastructure we have to support those who need care and those who give it. As COVID-19 deaths near one million …

What the CDC Director Really Wants You to Know (with Rochelle Walensky)

February 21st, 2022


Andy and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky dig into some of the toughest COVID questions of the moment. When will we be able to take our masks off? Will we need a 4th vaccine dose? What does the data tell us about …

Fighting for Justice and the Supreme Court (with Preet Bharara)

February 16th, 2022


Andy gets the latest on the most pressing legal issues with Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and host of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet. Andy and Preet discuss what's …

The Country That Decided the Pandemic Is Over (with Kristian Andersen)

February 14th, 2022


Andy enlists Scripps Research immunologist and Danish expat Kristian Andersen to understand why Denmark lifted all their COVID restrictions — despite …

The Woman Tasked with Finding the Next Variant (with Caitlin Rivers)

February 9th, 2022


Andy begins this jam-packed episode by talking about Pfizer's long-awaited vaccine for kids under 5 with Julie Morita, a pediatrician and executive …

Breaking COVID News (with Dan Diamond)

February 7th, 2022


Andy turns the tables on award-winning Washington Post journalist Dan Diamond, who has covered health care policy (and Andy) since the Obama …

The Big Question: What Kind of Immunity Will Omicron Provide? (with Bill Hanage)

February 2nd, 2022


Andy explores what Omicron means for immunity with Harvard epidemiologist Bill Hanage. Andy and Bill tackle what we know about the kind of immunity …

Safe or Not Safe: What Omicron Changed

January 31st, 2022


Omicron came and flipped everything we thought we knew about how to act during COVID up in the air. It also made another edition of Safe or Not Safe necessary. This time around, Andy brings in two new contestants, …

A Day Inside the ER During Omicron (with Megan Ranney)

January 26th, 2022


Andy and ER doctor Megan Ranney take you inside her Rhode Island emergency department to hear just how thinly stretched everyone and everything is during the Omicron wave. Nearly two years into this pandemic, we are all …

Why the Biggest Threat in 2022 May Not Be COVID (with Jon Favreau)

January 24th, 2022


With the defeat of the Freedom to Vote Act, Andy turns his attention to the threat to our democracy with Crooked Media co-founder and Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau. They discuss just how real the threat remains, …

When and How to Get the New COVID Antivirals (with America’s Chief Scientific Officer David Kessler)

January 19th, 2022


Andy brings you information directly from the source to let you know what to expect when the antivirals arrive: who will get them, how to get them, when to get yours, and the biggest question — will they change …

Omicron: Masking and Indoor Air Quality 101

January 17th, 2022


Andy enlists two experts — UC Davis Dean of Engineering Rich Corsi and “Mask Nerd” Aaron Collins — to better understand the importance of masking and …

The Omicron Episode for Parents (with Paul Offit)

January 12th, 2022


Being a parent is never easy, but has it ever felt as hard as it does right now? Andy talks all things kids and Omicron with pediatrician and …

Omicron & Testing: Your Top 20 Questions Answered (with Michael Mina)

January 10th, 2022


Testing is one of the most important and misunderstood elements of the pandemic. Andy brings it all into focus with Michael Mina, Chief Science Officer at eMed and the go-to testing expert. They break down the complex …

Will We All Get Omicron in 2022? (with David Agus)

January 5th, 2022


As we begin 2022, Andy gets the latest on where we stand with Omicron with the help of Dr. David Agus, a professor of medicine at USC, medical contributor for CBS News, and one of the clearest communicators out there. …

EXTENDED CUT: How We Win the Battle with COVID (with Ed Yong)

January 3rd, 2022


In this extended cut, Andy calls up The Atlantic's Ed Yong, who won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the pandemic, to talk about how we …

Holiday Bonus: Who Needs to Apologize for COVID? (with Andy Slavitt)

December 29th, 2021


I’m Sorry is another Lemonada Media series produced by the same team as In the Bubble! As a holiday treat, we’re sharing a recent episode of theirs …

EXTENDED CUT: One on One with America’s Doctor (with Sanjay Gupta)

December 27th, 2021


In this extended cut, Andy talks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, about his 20 years in cable news, what motivates people to peddle misinformation online, and how we can let go of some of the …

Holiday Bonus: The Death of Roe and the Rise of Omicron (w/ Lauren Rankin & Andy Slavitt)

December 22nd, 2021


Our America with Julián Castro is another series from Lemonada Media, the creators of In the Bubble. As a holiday treat, we’re sharing a recent …

Special Report: The Plan to Fight Omicron

December 22nd, 2021


In this can’t-miss special episode, Andy talks through what’s happening with Omicron in the US, from the Biden Administration’s newest plan to what …

What 11 Top Scientists Expect in 2022

December 20th, 2021


For this special end-of-the-year episode, Andy asked 11 of the top doctors, scientists, and thinkers to look ahead to 2022. They offer up their thoughts on the coming Omicron wave, what scientific breakthroughs they're …

How Inflation Plays Out in the Next Year (with Jason Furman)

December 15th, 2021


What do gasoline, eggs, used cars, and meat have in common? Inflation has caused the prices on all these items to increase by double digits in the …

Preparing for the Omicron Wave (with Trevor Bedford)

December 13th, 2021


Andy begins with his guide to navigating the holidays now that Omicron is in our lives. Then he explores the cutting-edge science of this new variant …

Omicron in the US: What You Need to Know (with Scott Gottlieb)

December 8th, 2021


Andy digs into the latest science behind Omicron with former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. They discuss what we know about the origin of Omicron, how it's likely to play out in the US, and if we'll need an …

Omicron and the Changing Health Care Landscape

December 6th, 2021


Andy begins with a can’t-miss breakdown of the latest information on Omicron. Then, he's joined by two physicians who are helping create the future of what health care will look like for you: Sree Chaguturu of CVS …


December 1st, 2021


Andy breaks down everything you need to know about the Omicron variant with epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina. They cover what we know about Omicron's …

How We Live With COVID (with Michael Osterholm)

November 29th, 2021


Andy and Michael Osterholm have a candid conversation about where things stand two years into the pandemic. During this live event hosted by the …

Is COVID Misinformation Killing People? (with Facebook’s Nick Clegg) (EXTENDED CUT)

November 24th, 2021


Andy talks with Nick Clegg, Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs, about one of the most important issues out there: Facebook, social media, COVID-19 and misinformation. After President Biden said Facebook is …

Safe or Not Safe: Holiday Gatherings

November 22nd, 2021


Andy and epidemiologists Farzad Mostashari and Jennifer Nuzzo get together for a special holiday edition of Safe or Not Safe. They've got answers to …

A Look at COVID from Conservative America (with Hugh Hewitt)

November 17th, 2021


Andy and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who is very much pro-vaccine and anti-federal vaccine mandate, merge echo chambers and discuss where conservatives are at this moment with the pandemic. They get into …

What’s the COVID Risk Right Now? (with Bob Wachter)

November 15th, 2021


Have we reached the so-called "new normal" people keep talking about? And if so, what does that mean for you? Andy reunites with former guest host Dr. Bob Wachter who has started to let his guard down in terms of risk …

Finally, a Real Plan For Our Climate (with John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram)

November 10th, 2021


Andy brings clear, simple answers to one of the most intimidating and important questions of our time: is there a plan that can actually solve …

How Facebook Ruined Everything (with Kara Swisher)

November 8th, 2021


Andy calls up Kara Swisher, whom Newsweek once called Silicon Valley's "most powerful tech journalist," to discuss the myriad issues surrounding …

Calling Out the Anti-Vaccine Bully (with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot)

November 3rd, 2021


Andy calls up Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is in the middle of a nasty battle over vaccine mandates with, most notably, the city's largest …

Everything You Need to Know About Vaccinating Your Kids (with Pediatrician Paul Offit)

November 1st, 2021


Andy calls up pediatrician and vaccinologist Dr. Paul Offit, who just voted to recommend that the FDA approve Pfizer's vaccine for 5-11 year olds. …

Getting Kids Vaccinated (with Richard Besser)

October 27th, 2021


Andy begins with the big news: a vaccine for kids seems imminent. He breaks down the FDA vaccine advisory committee’s vote recommending authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, and outlines the next steps to get shots for …

The Future of Vaccines with Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel

October 25th, 2021


Andy calls up Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel for a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the last two years inside the company. As Moderna's booster …

BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the Launch of a Nationwide Vaccine Verification Initiative

October 20th, 2021


Andy breaks the news about a new nationwide digital vaccine verification initiative to be formally announced next week. Andy talks with the system's …

Toolkit: The Future is Here — At-Home COVID Tests

October 18th, 2021


Testing remains one of the most confusing elements of the pandemic for many people. In this Toolkit, Andy talks to diagnostics expert Mara Aspinall …

What’s About to Happen with COVID-19 (with Larry Brilliant)

October 13th, 2021


Andy catches up with the aptly-named Dr. Larry Brilliant, who has spent his life working to eradicate deadly diseases. They discuss why eradication …

Boosters, Tests, and the Holidays: Your COVID Questions Answered (with Dr. Lisa)

October 11th, 2021


Eighteen months into this pandemic, we all still have lots of questions. Luckily, we can turn to our own Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick for some answers. She covers the timing of your flu shot and booster shot (and shingles shot …

Dealing with COVID Skeptics in Your Own Family (with Ashish Jha)

October 6th, 2021


Andy calls up Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, who wants to remind everyone that just like the stock market is …

A 98% Decrease in Daily COVID Cases (with Céline Gounder)

October 4th, 2021


Andy calls up Dr. Céline Gounder, who just wrapped up a two-week rotation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. They discuss her current COVID patient load compared to a year ago, the city's new vaccine requirements, …

Winter is Coming. Are We Prepared? (with Katherine Wu)

September 29th, 2021


As booster shots roll out across the country, Andy calls up Katherine Wu, who got a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology before joining the stellar …

One on One with America's Doctor (with Sanjay Gupta)

September 27th, 2021


Andy talks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, about his 20 years in cable news, what motivates people to peddle misinformation online, and how we can let go of some of the anger, resentment, and …

Toolkit: Answering Your Booster Questions

September 22nd, 2021


Andy clears up a lot of the confusion surrounding boosters on this must-listen Toolkit with Dr. David Agus and Tom Moriarty of CVS Health. From who …

The FDA Commissioner on Boosters & Vaccines for Kids (with Dr. Janet Woodcock)

September 20th, 2021


As we await the FDA’s final decision on booster shots, Andy talks with the person tasked with making the final determination: Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. Only on In the Bubble will you get a chance to …

Immune-Evasive Variants: Explained (with Laurie Garrett)

September 15th, 2021


Andy gets back to basics with Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Laurie Garrett. They get into how and why viruses mutate, why the variants …

How We Win the Battle with COVID (with Ed Yong)

September 13th, 2021


Andy calls up The Atlantic's Ed Yong, who won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the pandemic, to talk about how we got where we are now and …

Dr. Fauci Answers Your Biggest Questions

September 8th, 2021


Andy and Dr. Fauci cover all the latest questions you have, including boosters, variants beyond Delta, breakthrough infections, and vaccinating the globe. Plus, what Dr. Fauci and the Biden administration are doing to …

Preventable (Revisited)

September 6th, 2021


Revisit this episode from June, where Andy starts by answering the one question no one else will about the Delta variant. Then, journalist Jessica Yellin joins Andy to discuss his new book Preventable. They talk about …

Ground Zero in COVID: Kids & Florida

September 1st, 2021


Andy goes to Florida — ground zero in the battle over how to respond to COVID — to hear directly from kids and what they have to say about the …

Understanding COVID’s Kid Surge (with David Kimberlin)

August 30th, 2021


With 180,000 reported COVID cases in kids last week alone, and school just getting started, Andy has a vital conversation with pediatric infectious …

How We Avoid the Whole Greek Alphabet (with Jeremy Farrar)

August 25th, 2021


Listen in as Andy gets a Global Pandemic 101 course from Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust. Farrar gives a clear picture of the …

Vaccines: FDA Approval, Kids Under 12, Boosters & Side Effects Explained (with Mark McClellan)

August 23rd, 2021


Andy and former FDA commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan detail the next big moves in the COVID battle including FDA approvals, what’s happening with clinical trials for kids, boosters, mandates, and what the adverse …

Breakthrough Infections — and Boosters — Explained (with Jennifer Nuzzo)

August 18th, 2021


So you’ve been vaccinated. And now you’re hearing that you could get infected? Or be contagious? Andy gets to the bottom of this when he calls up one …

Channeling COVID Outrage (with Diana Berrent)

August 16th, 2021


One mom rages against COVID with Andy this week: Survivor Corps founder Diana Berrent. Diana is a fierce advocate for those with remaining COVID symptoms and she has taken a number of amazing actions on behalf of them. …

Toolkit: Kids, School, and Delta

August 11th, 2021


Andy poses your top questions about sending kids back to school to pediatrician and vaccinologist Peter Hotez and indoor air quality expert Richard …

Here Come the Vaccines Again! (with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear)

August 9th, 2021


As vaccine distribution continues to ramp up around the country, Andy calls up Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to understand how it’s all working on the ground in a state like Kentucky. Listeners have a chance to get “in …

When Will the Delta Surge End? (with Michael Osterholm)

August 4th, 2021


Andy and renowned epidemiologist Michael Osterholm discuss how Delta is upending the pandemic landscape. They cover when the wave may end, what …

EXCLUSIVE: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Vaccinating Kids and the World (Part 2)

August 2nd, 2021


Andy continues his conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, and today they discuss vaccines for kids under 12, when Pfizer expects to receive full …

EXCLUSIVE: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on the Delta Variant, Boosters and Masks Indoors (Part 1)

July 28th, 2021


Andy gets answers to listeners’ most important questions from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in Part 1 of a two-part interview, including how the Pfizer …

Delta: What to Worry About and What Not to (with Eric Topol)

July 26th, 2021


Andy calls up physician, scientist, and author Eric Topol for a can't-miss, in-depth conversation on the Delta variant. Andy and Eric cover why it's …

Is COVID Misinformation Killing People? (with Facebook’s Nick Clegg)

July 21st, 2021


Andy talks with Nick Clegg, Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs, about one of the most important issues out there: Facebook, social media, COVID-19 and misinformation. After President Biden said Facebook is …

Exposing the Biggest Vaccine Lies and Liars (with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy)

July 19th, 2021


Andy explores the latest hazard to your health: the misinformation persuading people not to get vaccinated. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has declared war on misinformation and explains why he put out a rare …

Should I Get a Booster? And the Politics of Vaccines (with David Axelrod)

July 14th, 2021


To begin, Andy has thoughts on CPAC attendees cheering the US not hitting its vaccine goal. Then, David Axelrod, longtime Democratic strategist, joins Andy for a deep dive into the topic of the unvaccinated. They also …

The Unvaccinated and Taking on Marjorie Taylor Greene (with Frank Luntz)

July 12th, 2021


Andy’s conversation with famed conservative pollster Frank Luntz about the unvaccinated and the political games of the GOP takes an unpredictable and …

The Latest Science of Fighting COVID-19 (with Dr. Scott Gottlieb)

July 7th, 2021


In perhaps the most essential episode of the series, Andy gets a real sense of where we are now in the scientific response to COVID-19 with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner under President Trump. In this riveting …

Toolkit: Safe or Not Safe (Variants and the Vaccinated)

July 5th, 2021


What does the science really, really say about wearing masks indoors if you’re vaccinated? Andy gets answers to your most pressing questions on everyone’s favorite game show, Safe or Not Safe, with top-flight …

Exclusive: The CDC Responds (with Dr. Rochelle Walensky)

June 30th, 2021


CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joins Andy to provide direct answers to today’s toughest questions about COVID-19. They discuss unvaccinated kids, the Delta variant, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She and …

Lab or Bat? & Other COVID Truths (with Jen Psaki)

June 28th, 2021


White House press secretary Jen Psaki joins Andy fresh off a press briefing to talk about rebuilding public trust in the government, working with …

The Delta Variant Question No One Will Answer (plus Preventable)

June 23rd, 2021


Andy starts by answering the one question no one else will about the Delta variant. Then, journalist Jessica Yellin joins Andy to discuss his new book Preventable. They talk about key figures like President Trump, Jared …

Our Pandemic Heroes One Year Later

June 21st, 2021


Andy and Dr. Lisa launch into the first chapter of “Our Shot” by remembering the wounds of the beginning of the pandemic. Listener memories of the early days set the scene and Dr. Lisa introduces us to a Seattle …

The Biden White House: Vaccinations and a Singing Fauci

June 16th, 2021


Andy's back! He’s joined by his expanded In the Bubble team, including new regular contributor Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick and his son Zach, who returns …

Best of In the Bubble: How Will COVID-19 End? (with Ed Yong)

June 7th, 2021


Enjoy this Best of In the Bubble episode featuring Andy’s riveting conversation with The Atlantic's Ed Yong, the journalist Andy thinks has done the best job writing about and analyzing the pandemic. We’re highlighting …

Best of In the Bubble: The Big Suck (with Kumail Nanjiani)

June 2nd, 2021


Enjoy this Best of In the Bubble episode in which Andy (and Zach) chat with actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani. They talk about the scary, early days of COVID, how the pandemic impacted Kumail’s mental health, and what …

Best of In the Bubble: What Will 2021 Look Like? (with Dr. Anthony Fauci)

May 24th, 2021


Enjoy this Best of In the Bubble episode featuring Andy’s conversion with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Andy brings you into the bubble with Dr. Fauci by asking some of the questions he received from you. Even if you already …

Masks Off? Let's Eat! (with Justin Sutherland)

May 19th, 2021


On Dr. Bob’s last show, he calls up chef and restaurateur Justin Sutherland to hear about the state of the restaurant industry. Many places were able to survive by pivoting to takeout, but more than 10% closed their …

Toolkit: What We Know About Long COVID

May 17th, 2021


Dr. Bob gets answers to your questions about long COVID from pulmonologist Lekshmi Santhosh and neurologist Jennifer Frontera. They cover who’s …

Take Me Out to the Socially-Distanced Ballgame (with Larry Baer)

May 12th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer to talk about what it’s taken to get people back in the stadium for the first time since 2019. They discuss what fans have to do to see a game, how the …

Toolkit: Getting Back to “Normal”

May 10th, 2021


The good news: things are starting to open back up. The bad news: it’s going to feel weird. Dr. Bob is joined by Lucy McBride and Craig Spencer for …

A Sobering Reality in India (with Vidya Krishnan)

May 5th, 2021


Dr. Bob talks with journalist Vidya Krishnan about India’s devastating COVID surge. As India’s health system collapses, Vidya says this global health …

Trust the Vaccine

May 3rd, 2021


Dr. Bob has two conversations about the work being done to get vaccines to Latino and Black communities. First, Jon Jacobo and Diane Havlir talk about the Latino Task Force, which is testing and vaccinating people in …

Alexa, Do I Have COVID? (with John Halamka)

April 28th, 2021


Dr. Bob talks with John Halamka, President of Mayo Clinic Platform, about how COVID has forced medicine to embrace technology at a blistering pace. …

Vaccinate the World, End the Pandemic (with Nicole Lurie)

April 26th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Nicole Lurie from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to talk about the state of COVID-19 vaccinations around the …

Don’t Freak Out About the J&J Vaccine (with John Moore)

April 21st, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Weill Cornell immunologist John Moore to figure out what you need to know about the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They …

Toolkit: Safe or Not Safe? (Summer Edition)

April 19th, 2021


Is it safe to go on vacation this summer? Can I send my kids to camp? Should I invite unvaccinated family members to my summer wedding? Drs. Caitlin …

How Pandemics End (with John Barry and Jeffrey Kluger)

April 14th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up author John Barry and TIME Magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger to talk about what the 1918 flu pandemic and the American polio epidemic can …

What You Need to Know About the Fourth Wave (with Natalie Dean)

April 12th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up University of Florida biostatistician Natalie Dean to ask whether or not we've hit the fourth wave. They discuss where cases are …

Toolkit: When Will Kids Get Vaccinated?

April 7th, 2021


Dr. Bob is joined by Paul Offit, pediatrician and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to answer your …

It’s OK to Be Optimistic. Really. (with Monica Gandhi)

April 5th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Monica Gandhi, infectious diseases and HIV doctor at UCSF, to talk about why she’s feeling optimistic at this moment in the pandemic. They discuss why her optimism hasn’t waned despite the fourth wave, …

How COVID Shook Up Med School (plus Zach Slavitt)

March 31st, 2021


For In the Bubble's one-year anniversary episode, Dr. Bob catches up with the person who came up with the idea for the show: Zach Slavitt. Then, it’s a conversation about how COVID-19 disrupted the education of doctors …

Toolkit: Will I Need a Vaccine Passport?

March 29th, 2021


Dr. Bob teams up with NYU medical ethicist Arthur Caplan to tackle your questions about what exactly vaccine passports are, when they might be a reality in the US, how to make sure they’re handled equitably, where you’d …

How COVID and HIV/AIDS Can Help Us Get Ready For (or Avoid) the Next Pandemic

March 24th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up AIDS researcher Carlos del Rio and longtime AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves to explore what the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the ‘80s and ‘90s …

Toolkit: Which Vaccine Should I Get?

March 22nd, 2021


Dr. Bob teams up with vaccine researcher Kathleen Neuzil and epidemiologist Abdul El-Sayed to answer your most pressing questions about the vaccines. …

A Year of COVID and Predictions for the Year Ahead (Part 3)

March 17th, 2021


Apoorva Mandavilli, science and global health reporter for The New York Times, joins Dr. Bob to close out our three-part series marking one year of the pandemic. They discuss how journalism had to adapt to cover …

A Year of COVID and Predictions for the Year Ahead (Part 2)

March 15th, 2021


Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School Public Health, joins Dr. Bob in the second of our three-part series marking one year of the pandemic. …

A Year of COVID and Predictions for the Year Ahead (Part 1)

March 10th, 2021


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joins Dr. Bob in the first of our three-part series marking one year of the pandemic. They remember where we were a year ago, assess where we are now, and look ahead to where we'll be a …

What the US Can Learn from Israel’s Vaccine Rollout (with Ronit Calderon-Margalit)

March 8th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Hebrew University epidemiologist Ronit Calderon-Margalit to learn more about Israel’s best-in-the-world COVID-19 vaccine rollout. …

Can the Arts Survive COVID? (with Marc, Jonah, and Ben Platt)

March 3rd, 2021


Dr. Bob learns how COVID-19 has affected the movie and live theater industries from Marc, Jonah, and Ben Platt. They discuss what it was like when everything had to shut down, how the arts have adapted, and what they …

How Science Became Political (with Peter Hotez)

March 1st, 2021


Dr. Bob gives us a masterclass on vaccines with Baylor College of Medicine Dean Dr. Peter Hotez. Bob and Peter get into the variants, delaying the …

Andy Slavitt from Inside the White House

February 24th, 2021


Dr. Bob catches up with Andy ahead of one of his White House COVID-19 press conferences to chat about what he’s been up to since temporarily leaving …

Toolkit: Safe Or Not Safe

February 22nd, 2021


Can I hug Grandma after her vaccine? It's time for Dr. Bob's first Safe or Not Safe with Drs. Caitlin Rivers and Farzad Mostashari. This time, they cover post-vaccine activities. Can you go to the gym? Hang out with …

Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons from the Pandemic (with Don Berwick)

February 17th, 2021


Dr. Bob dials up Dr. Donald Berwick for a big-picture discussion about improving healthcare – generally, and as it relates to COVID. Don talks about the origins of the patient safety movement, his time running the …

The Case For Reopening Schools (with Emily Oster)

February 15th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Brown economist Emily Oster to discuss one of the most complicated and controversial issues of the pandemic: what to do about …

How to Lead During a Crisis (with Sully Sullenberger)

February 10th, 2021


Dr. Bob talks about the importance of leadership, whether it's during a pandemic or a flight that's lost all engine power, with Captain Chesley …

Inside Trump's FDA (with Stephen Hahn)

February 8th, 2021


Dr. Bob gets the inside scoop of what went down inside Trump's FDA from the former commissioner himself, Dr. Stephen Hahn. In his first interview since stepping down on January 20th, Steve recounts his dizzying year …

Is It OK to Hug Your Family after the Vaccine? (with Julia Marcus)

February 3rd, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up infectious disease epidemiologist Julia Marcus to discuss risk, a concept many of us thought more about in the past year than ever …

Can the CDC Regain Public Trust? (with Julie Gerberding)

February 1st, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up Dr. Julie Gerberding to address vaccines, the CDC, and how public trust factors into both. Julie has vast experience with all of …

Inside the National COVID-19 Plan (with Atul Gawande)

January 27th, 2021


Dr. Bob calls up a friend – Dr. Atul Gawande – to bring clarity and empathy to some pretty complicated issues. Atul, a practicing surgeon and …

Toolkit: Where Is My Vaccine?

January 25th, 2021


Now that we are a couple of months into the vaccine rollout, we wanted to answer more of your vaccine-related questions. Dr. Bob asks Paul Offit your …

What Went Wrong in L.A. (And What We’re Hopeful About in D.C.)

January 20th, 2021


On the first day of President Biden's term, Dr. Bob takes a look at the toll the pandemic is having right now in Los Angeles – the epicenter of the …

Toolkit: What You Need to Know About the Variants

January 18th, 2021


If you were worried that a new host would mean a completely different show, let this Monday Toolkit ease your fears. Dr. Bob poses your questions …

Andy Goes to Washington

January 15th, 2021


On January 20th, Andy will begin serving in the Biden White House as Senior Advisor for the pandemic response. He will be back to the show in June. Hear about the decision, what he’ll be doing, and who will be hosting …

Meet the New CDC Director (with Rochelle Walensky)

January 13th, 2021


Incoming CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gives her first major interview. She and Andy discuss her background as a young girl who wanted to grow up to be financially independent and how that turned into a storied …

Toolkit: How to Stay Safe at Work

January 11th, 2021


Here’s the toolkit for everyone who needs to physically be at work — either now or in the future. Andy’s got you covered with expert advice on how to …

15 Top Scientists' Predictions for 2021

January 6th, 2021


When do the country’s top scientists think we'll be gathering indoors again? How about when most adults in America will be vaccinated? And what's the …

Best of In the Bubble: What No One Knows About COVID-19 (with Larry Brilliant)

January 4th, 2021


If you didn’t catch this Best of In the Bubble episode the first time around, you are in for a treat! And even if you've heard it already, go ahead …

In the Bubble's Top 10 Moments

December 30th, 2020


Andy counts down his top 10 moments of the year, including a look inside an emergency room COVID-19 unit, our “Safe or Not Safe?” toolkit, and Andy’s …

Best of In the Bubble: Put on Pants Every Day (with Tina Fey)

December 28th, 2020


Enjoy this Best of In the Bubble episode where Tina Fey joins Andy to talk about comedy during Corona-times and other unfunny periods in recent history. They chat about stuck-at-home life (with a cameo from Tina’s …

What Will 2021 Look Like? (with Dr. Anthony Fauci)

December 23rd, 2020


It’s the episode you’ve all been waiting for: Andy closes the year with a recap of 2020 and predictions for 2021 with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Andy brings you into the bubble with Dr. Fauci by asking some of the questions he …

2020 in Review: Learning How to Survive Hardship (with Senator Tammy Duckworth)

December 21st, 2020


Andy’s two themes for 2020 are “surviving” and “remembering,” so Andy reflected on the year with the ultimate survivor: Senator Tammy Duckworth. He …

Vaccine Confidence (with Heidi Larson)

December 16th, 2020


Andy is joined by Heidi Larson, Founding Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, for a conversation about, well, vaccine confidence. They discuss what causes vaccine hesitancy, how to boost confidence in the …

Toolkit: How to Build a Bubble

December 14th, 2020


Frankly, it's a little embarrassing it's taken this long to do this toolkit, but better late than never: In the Bubble answers your questions about …

How Biden Can Reach Trump Country (with Laurie Garrett)

December 9th, 2020


Andy calls up author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett to explore one of the most challenging questions of the day: how will Biden …

Toolkit: Where and When Can I Get the Vaccine?

December 7th, 2020


This toolkit tackles one of the most pressing topics in the world: how you will get your COVID-19 vaccine and when. Get answers about the science …

Following One Shift in the COVID-19 Unit (with ER Dr. Megan Ranney)

December 2nd, 2020


Dr. Megan Ranney recorded her shift in a COVID-19 ER in Rhode Island the day after Thanksgiving and was kind enough to talk to Andy about it. Though her job is both physically and mentally exhausting, she manages to …

The Next Three Stages of COVID-19 (with Ashish Jha)

November 30th, 2020


Andy calls up Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, to discuss what to expect during the next three stages of the pandemic. …

Toolkit Throwback: How to Talk to Each Other About Wearing Masks

November 25th, 2020


On the day before Thanksgiving, let's listen back to In the Bubble's first-ever toolkit episode. The topic is, unfortunately, just as relevant today …

Inside the Biden COVID Task Force (with Task Force Co-Chair Vivek Murthy)

November 23rd, 2020


Andy brings you an inside look at President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 efforts with task force co-chair Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General and one of Biden’s senior advisors in the pandemic. Andy and Vivek discuss what …

Tracking the COVID Third Wave (with Tom Inglesby)

November 18th, 2020


Andy calls up one of the country’s leading experts on pandemic preparedness, Johns Hopkins University's Tom Inglesby, to get the best possible view …

A Pandemic With No Presidential Transition (with David Shulkin)

November 16th, 2020


Andy talks about what should be happening with the presidential transition right now in terms of managing the pandemic. Former Trump VA Secretary …

A 90% Effective Vaccine! (with Eric Topol)

November 11th, 2020


Could this be a light at the end of the tunnel? Andy evaluates the remarkable news that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine proved more than 90% effective with …

Toolkit: How to Stay Safe in COVID Winter

November 9th, 2020


With COVID-19 cases surging around the country and winter fast approaching, this may be the most important toolkit episode yet. Infectious diseases …

The Path to a New Beginning – Calling the Race (with Jessica Yellin)

November 5th, 2020


Andy is joined by Jessica Yellin to break down where we are on the precipice of history. They walk you through what's yet to be counted, what may end …

Voting In The Bubble

November 2nd, 2020


Andy’s brought Mike Birbiglia, Chelsea Clinton, DeRay Mckesson, Kara Swisher, 12-year old Catie, Julián Castro, Andy’s mom and a number of other …

I Got COVID-19 From the White House (with Michael Shear)

October 28th, 2020


Andy calls up The New York Times White House correspondent Michael Shear, one of three journalists who tested positive for COVID-19 in the days …

A Mental Health Check-In (with Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Gary Mendell)

October 26th, 2020


Our mental health is getting beat up during this pandemic: anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicidal ideation are all on the rise. Andy talks about it with two inspiring guests: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, the host …

How Everything Got Out of Control (with Alex Gibney)

October 21st, 2020


Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney chronicles the United States' failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic in his brand new film, Totally …

How Will the Election and Aftermath Go? (with Rahm Emanuel)

October 19th, 2020


Who will win? How is it likely to happen? What matters in the last two weeks? What would a contested election and a transition look like? And how …

EXCLUSIVE: One-on-One With Senator Chuck Schumer

October 14th, 2020


Andy has an exclusive interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to break down what's at risk if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice: the ACA, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and labor …

The Next 12 Months of COVID-19 (with Dr. Zeke Emanuel)

October 12th, 2020


We all want to know what’s next so Andy calls up Zeke Emanuel, someone who spends a lot of time thinking about just that. Zeke was a special advisor to President Obama and now advises Vice President Joe Biden's …

Update on Trump’s Health…and Ours (with Dr. Bob Wachter and Senator Chris Murphy)

October 7th, 2020


Andy starts with an update on President Trump’s health and the impact of what’s happening at 1600 Superspreader Avenue with Dr. Bob Wachter. Then, Connecticut senator and ACA advocate Chris Murphy discusses the future …

How We’re Doing It Wrong and How to Fix It (with Rajiv Shah)

October 5th, 2020


Andy calls up Rajiv Shah, who is leading an initiative in the US to fix our pandemic response. Rajiv is president of the Rockefeller Foundation and …

BREAKING: Trump's COVID Diagnosis

October 2nd, 2020


Andy breaks down what we know about – and what we can learn from – the President’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Where the Tone is Set — the West Wing (with Pete Souza and a special guest)

September 30th, 2020


Major crises like COVID-19 are managed from one place. With the election approaching, there will be many takes on the politics but Andy wants to take …

The Supreme Court, the ACA, and COVID-19 (with Nicholas Bagley)

September 28th, 2020


Andy talks with Nicholas Bagley, co-author of their recent New York Times piece on the razor’s-edge status of the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care …

The Governor with the Secret Formula on COVID (with Governor Andy Beshear)

September 23rd, 2020


Andy talks to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat governing in a largely red state with its share of income and health challenges. Beshear …

How Will COVID-19 End? (with Ed Yong)

September 21st, 2020


You do not want to miss this riveting conversation between Andy and The Atlantic's Ed Yong, the journalist Andy thinks has done the best job writing about and analyzing the pandemic. They discuss America's failed …

Trump Knew (with Julián Castro)

September 16th, 2020


To kick things off, Andy and former presidential candidate Julián Castro wrestle with the recent revelations from Bob Woodward, including that the …

Toolkit: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

September 14th, 2020


This toolkit episode is all about testing with Michael Mina, Harvard infectious disease specialist and laboratory director, and Robby Sikka, who …

Political Influence at the FDA (with former FDA Commissioners Mark McClellan and Robert Califf)

September 9th, 2020


In maybe the most heated In the Bubble episode, Andy talks with two former FDA commissioners -- Mark McClellan from the George W. Bush administration and Robert Califf from the Obama administration -- and confronts them …

Toolkit: COVID Long-Haulers

September 7th, 2020


A Monday Toolkit episode -- this one focused on the mystery of COVID-19 long-haulers, people who report an array of long-term symptoms. We've got two …

Laughter is the Best Medicine Unless it's Droplets (with Mike Birbiglia)

September 2nd, 2020


In between episodes about school closures, long-haulers, the CDC and FDA, Andy records a conversation with one of the funniest people alive, Mike …

Toolkit: School’s in Session

August 31st, 2020


This Monday Toolkit episode is timed to help parents, teachers, and students figure out what to expect and how to make it through a challenging …

What’s Next With the Pandemic (with Michael Osterholm)

August 26th, 2020


Andy talks to epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, one of his most trusted sources. He was one of the first to see the pandemic coming in January and …

The GOP: Government of Pandemic

August 24th, 2020


As the Republican National Convention kicks off today, it's time to take a look at what a Trump re-election might look like with longtime political …

The NBA and Zero COVID cases (with Steve Kerr)

August 19th, 2020


There’s one place in the country with zero COVID-19 cases. Andy chats with Golden State Warriors head coach and social justice advocate Steve Kerr …

The Democrats: What a Biden-Harris Response Looks Like

August 17th, 2020


On the first day of the virtual Democratic National Convention, Andy talks to Kavita Patel, a policy advisor for Senator Kamala Harris, about what a …

The Economic Pandemic (with Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown)

August 12th, 2020


Andy is joined by Lana this time for a conversation with another cool couple, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz and Senator Sherrod …

Can We Still Trust the CDC? (with Tom Frieden)

August 10th, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control is our number-one resource for preventing and fighting a pandemic. With its credibility very much in question, Andy …

Slavitt and Yang Make a Plan (with Andrew Yang)

August 5th, 2020


Listen in as Andy and former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang have a candid conversation about how to support Americans in the short term with the pandemic and, in the long term, through the fall-out. With more …

Should Colleges Open? (with Scott Galloway)

August 3rd, 2020


Andy and Zach want to know if colleges are going to open, should they open, and should Zach move to campus later this month to start his freshman …

Our Moment of National Reckoning (with Ambassador Susan Rice)

July 29th, 2020


In Andy’s conversation with Susan Rice, former UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor, see why she is considered a front-runner for Joe Biden’s pick for Vice President. Rice goes in-depth on her biography and …

Toolkit: Safe or Not Safe?

July 27th, 2020


It's time for another Monday Toolkit episode! This week, Andy feeds your questions and real-life situations to Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Caitlin …

What No One Knows About COVID-19 (with Larry Brilliant)

July 22nd, 2020


If there is one expert Andy could talk with about coronavirus and how we are really doing, it is epidemiologist Larry Brilliant. Larry, who helped …

Mini-Episode: Grow Up, America (with Kara Swisher)

July 20th, 2020


 Andy connects with journalist and Recode co-founder Kara Swisher for one reason but it goes in a very different direction. She schools the spoiled …

Bernie and Andy talk M4A (with Bernie Sanders)

July 15th, 2020


Andy calls Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to talk about M4A. Yes, they discuss Medicare For All but they also get into the Senator's new strategy for ending the pandemic: Masks For All. It's something the two of them …

Toolkit: Everything You Need to Know About Vaccines

July 13th, 2020


It's the Monday Toolkit episode of In The Bubble that people have been waiting for. Today, Andy and Zach get answers to the most important questions …

What Congress Must Do (with Congressman Joe Kennedy III)

July 8th, 2020


The anger and frustration are palpable In The Bubble when Andy and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III get together to talk about what’s not getting done in the country and what Congress needs to do to help ease …

Mini-Episode: Will There Be Sports? (with Adam Schefter)

July 6th, 2020


Andy calls up Adam Schefter in-between his SportsCenter appearances to talk about sports in the era of the coronavirus. The pandemic has cancelled …

Fighting the Crisis with Food (with José Andrés)

July 1st, 2020


Andy catches up with Chef José Andrés in a rare moment of rest. Chef Andrés has been jumping from one crisis to the next since February, feeding people around the world affected by the pandemic. His organization, World …

Toolkit: How to Talk to Each Other About Wearing Masks

June 29th, 2020


Andy and Zach take a new approach in this episode, exploring the most pressing topics on people’s minds with two experts. Today: how to talk to others in your life who disagree with you about masks and social …

What Should States Do Next? (with Governor Gretchen Whitmer)

June 24th, 2020


Andy calls Governor Gretchen Whitmer to talk about what she’s learned from the pandemic in Michigan and what governors across the nation need to do next. They also talk about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on …

Mini-Episode: Bursting Bubbles (with Jennifer Rubin)

June 22nd, 2020


Andy calls Washington Post columnist, Jennifer Rubin, to talk about how a conservative changed teams and reckons with the precedent of a country on …

Being An Ally (with Pete Buttigieg)

June 17th, 2020


Andy and Pete Buttigieg talk about allyship, protest, and this week’s historic supreme court decision on LGBTQ rights. They also get into what it’s …

Mini-Episode: What Kind of Movie Would 2020 Be? (with Judd Apatow)

June 15th, 2020


Andy calls comedian and director Judd Apatow to talk about how to get through this long crisis day by day with some harmony. Working through trauma is also the topic of Judd’s latest movie The King of Staten Island. …

Back to School? (with Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education)

June 10th, 2020


Every parent wants to know: Will school will reopen in the fall, and if so, what will it look like? Andy brings you the answer as he chats with …

Mini-Episode: Living Through Two Public Health Crises (with Dr. Leana Wen)

June 8th, 2020


 Today, Andy calls emergency room physician and public health expert, Dr. Leana Wen to get the best advice on how to manage their risk of contracting COVID-19, even while resuming some normal activities. But they start …

The Epidemic of Racism (with DeRay Mckesson)

June 3rd, 2020


Andy talks to DeRay Mckesson about another epidemic sweeping the country — violence by the police against Black people. They talk data and policy …

Mini-Episode: Al Schools Andy (with Al Franken)

June 1st, 2020


Andy calls his friend Al Franken and they ramble about holding people accountable, bearing witness, Zach’s burden, and being a grandparent during the …

COVID and Guns (with Shannon Watts)

May 27th, 2020


Today, it’s a moms episode! Andy and Zach are joined by Lana, who leads a chat with activist Shannon Watts about how the pandemic is colliding with …

Mini-Episode: In This Together (with Jason Kander)

May 25th, 2020


This Memorial Day, Andy speaks with veteran and politician, Jason Kander. Jason has long been candid about his experiences with PTSD but also how …

What Will We Tell Our Kids (with Chelsea Clinton)

May 20th, 2020


Today, Andy and Chelsea Clinton talk about the role of the US in the world as Trump diverges from other world leaders in going it alone in the face …

Mini-Episode: The Big Suck (with Kumail Nanjiani)

May 18th, 2020


As he detailed in his breakout hit movie The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani’s wife Emily is immuno-compromised, and, with COVID-19, that changes …

Who Are We Asking to Die? (with Beto O’Rourke)

May 13th, 2020


Today, 18-year-old Zach and his dad talk about how to get broader points of view on the podcast. To that end, they reach out to former congressman …

Mini-Episode: The Pandemic Broke Our Brains (with Chris Hayes)

May 11th, 2020


 Today, Andy calls journalist and political commentator, Chris Hayes. Chris has been carrying the burden of seeing the pandemic coming long before …

The Competency Episode (with Ron Klain)

May 6th, 2020


Andy seeks out a conversation on competency. Things change rapidly in a crisis. When you're in the middle of it, not knowing how everything will turn out can be stomach-churning, and big problems look way easier in …

Mini-Episode: American Response to COVID-19 (with David Frum)

May 4th, 2020


As President Trump shuts down all immigration as a reaction to COVID-19, Andy calls David Frum, who was by George W. Bush’s side after 9-11. How will globalization, public debate, and democracy itself fare in the …

Special Family Episode: Andy Talks to Kids and Parents About COVID-19

May 3rd, 2020


In this episode of In the Bubble, Andy takes questions from some very special listeners: Kids! Andy chats with four different families about COVID-19, how to stay safe, and what comes next. Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his …

Put on Pants Every Day (with Tina Fey)

April 29th, 2020


Tina Fey joins Andy to talk about comedy during Corona-times and other unfunny periods in recent history. They chat about stuck-at-home life (with a …

Mini-Episode: Our First 50-State Emergency (with Juliette Kayyem)

April 27th, 2020


 We often talk about COVID-19 as if it’s an attack, something our country’s top national security experts prepare for their entire careers. So, this week Andy calls national security expert and Harvard professor, …

What Do We Really Know? (with Nate Silver)

April 22nd, 2020


With so many opinions on what we should do next in response to the Coronavirus, Andy focuses on what we really know and what we don’t know— a much …

Mini-Episode: Slavitt and Scaramucci Unfiltered

April 20th, 2020


With Trump set to make a declaration on “opening the country,” Andy decided to call someone he’s never met but who knows how the president operates: …

The Pope, a Surgeon General and an 11-Year-Old (with Vivek Murthy)

April 15th, 2020


Rituals are being broken as Andy notes this is the time of year when we’re normally physically connected to our families and neighbors. So he calls …

Mini-Episode: Andy Calls CBS Correspondent Seth Doane in Rome

April 13th, 2020


In this mini-episode Andy wants to hear what’s going on in Italy. So he calls CBS’ Rome correspondent Seth Doane, a COVID-19 patient quarantined in Rome. They talk about what the US can learn from Italy, the war-like …

Victory in Spite of All Terror (with Governor Phil Murphy)

April 8th, 2020


Andy talks with Governor Phil Murphy about the type of wartime leadership needed in New Jersey as the death toll rises in his state, and we hear a …

Mini-Episode: Andy Calls Senator Amy Klobuchar

April 3rd, 2020


Andy brings you into his bubble, as promised, by sharing his call (with permission) with Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. They discuss her husband John’s COVID-19 recovery, what an election might be like during a …

Find the Helpers (with Mark Cuban)

April 1st, 2020


Here we are, in the midst of a global pandemic. How do we get through it? For starters, we find the helpers. This week, we meet host Andy Slavitt and his teenage son Zach, recording from their studio (er, home office) …

Official Trailer: In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt

March 27th, 2020


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