By SANDRA McDANIEL | July 26, 2021
As the world emerges from more than a year of pandemic lockdowns, Retro Report invited John Barry, the author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” to take a look back in history for lessons from and comparisons to the convulsive 1918 pandemic, which killed between 50 to 100 million people worldwide. Barry has advised past presidents on pandemic preparedness and response.
1. Disjointed public health messaging leads to distrust.
“The №1 lesson coming out of 1918 is that public health officials and the government have to tell…
When Caitlyn Jenner came out as a trans woman in 2015, it was front-page news. Jenner, who lived publicly as a man for decades, gained fame at the 1976 Olympic Games, winning a gold in the decathlon. For many Americans, Jenner was the first openly transgender celebrity — and possibly the first openly transgender person — they had…
Considered alone, with over 300,000 active duty members, the United States Air Force would be the 17th largest military force on Earth, larger than many countries’ entire operations. It flies over 5,000 aircraft and has over 400 nuclear missiles, with a budget of slightly over $153 billion this fiscal year. “In this day and age, you cannot undertake any military task unless you have superiority in air power,” a former Air Force chief of staff, General Curtis LeMay, said in an interview shortly before his death in 1990.
Racial and health biases have a long history in America. During the polio outbreaks of the 1930s, white scientists had pushed the theory that Blacks were less susceptible to polio. But in fact, many cases of polio in Black victims went undiagnosed. …
From “The West Wing” to “The Social Network,” snappy dialogue has always been at the center of any project Aaron Sorkin works on. His most recent film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a historical drama taking place largely in a courtroom , is no exception. So it’s no surprise that the Oscar-nominated picture left one real event on the cutting room floor. It’s tough to write witty dialogue for a farm animal.
The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago…
Since the coronavirus pandemic began last year, children’s books explaining the virus, social distancing and the emotional impact of Covid-19 have joined a long shelf of stories that help young people cope with illness and loss.
One new example is “Why We Stay Home: Suzie Learns about Coronavirus,” written by medical students Samantha Harris and Devon Scott and available free on their website. In it, Millie explains to her little sister Suzie what coronavirus is, and why their family must stay at home.
Here are three past examples of children’s books in which a young protagonist experiences illness.
Teams of healthcare workers have braved severe wintry weather to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to remote Alaskan villages this year. Their work echoes a similar episode almost a century ago.
Today, healthcare workers are flown by bush planes to villages across the state, and then are sometimes towed to remote clinics on sleds pulled by snowmobiles. During a diphtheria epidemic in the 1920s, a lifesaving serum was delivered on sleds pulled by dogs.
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that attacks the nose and throat, making it difficult to breathe and swallow. In the late 19th century, an antitoxin was developed to…
When Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as president, the moment also marked another political milestone: Barring a 2024 bid, former President Donald Trump is now the 10th American president to try and fail to win reelection for a second term.
These are the other nine:
Even before the coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, many of the roughly 110 million Americans living in rental housing were having a difficult time making ends meet. Nearly 4 million eviction petitions were filed each year. On any given night as many as 200,000 people were homeless.
Now in the pandemic, the eviction is a threat to renters on a far larger scale, by some estimates potentially affecting upwards of 30 million tenants.
Somewhere between the early days of Usenet and The Well in the 80s and the rise of Facebook and Twitter in the 2000s, the Internet became our public square. At some point we just accepted that much of our talking, connecting and arguing would happen online. …
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