Politics & Polls #186: Using the 1918 Pandemic as a Blueprint for Today

In grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, many scientists and government officials are looking to the 1918 pandemic as a reference point for lessons learned. Also known as the “Spanish Flu,” this epidemic was the most sweeping of the 20th century, infecting one third of the world’s population, and upending social, political, and economic norms.
John M. Barry, a New York Times best-selling author, joins this episode to discuss his book, “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”