As we all adjust to a “new normal,” this weekly interview series will look closely at similar battles against pandemics we’ve faced before, where we are, and where we might be headed. When public health is threatened on a mass scale, we have a long history of working together to take on the challenge. As the host of Wondery’s American Innovations, Steven Johnson has told the stories of some of the most crucial breakthroughs in the history of health, medicine, and technology. He’s also the author of one of the seminal books on epidemics, “The Ghost Map.” On this new weekly series, Steven will speak with experts from the worlds of health and technology about how the current moment compares with past pandemics, and what the coming months might look like. What will it take to develop a COVID-19 vaccine? How will our educational system change? How can crowdsourcing help us battle the spread of the coronavirus? We’ve vanquished more dangerous threats before. Let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle this one together.
About the Host
The bestselling author of eleven books, Steven Johnson is an expert on the history of ideas and inventions. The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.” His books include Where Good Ideas Come From, The Ghost Map, and Wonderland. He is also the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS series, How We Got To Now. His new book, Farsighted: How We Make The Decisions That Matter The Most, will be published in September. An innovator himself, Steven also co-created one of the rst online magazines, FEED, and the hyperlocal media site, outside.in, which sold to AOL in 2010.