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PODCAST 85: Dr Jemma Geoghegan on How Viruses Evolve and the Lessons We Can Learn About Social Distancing From Fish, Dogs and Rabbits

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 on quillette.com

Dr Jemma Geoghegan, a virologist at the University of Otago, talks to Jonathan Kay about how viruses evolve and the lessons we can learn...

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Quillette’s Quarantine Book Club: Readers Offer Their Suggestions, Part I

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 on quillette.com

Three weeks ago, our editors asked readers to share suggestions for Quillette‘s Quarantine Book Club. “Is there a book—or an author, or...

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Immigration and Inequality

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 on quillette.com

A big problem with the mass immigration that began in the United States in the 1970s was that it bred inequality. Its role in creating the...

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Where’s Harvey Weinstein Headed? It’s a Place I Know

Posted by on Apr 4, 2020 on quillette.com

Many people want to know where Harvey Weinstein is headed, especially now that it’s been revealed that he’s been infected with COVID-19....

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Sickness and Stoicism

Posted by on Apr 4, 2020 on quillette.com

In less than three months, COVID-19 has changed from a peripheral concern, barely registering in presidential debates, to the greatest...

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Alex Salmond’s Moral Corruption

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 on quillette.com

Corruption in government is usually thought of, and investigated, as the appropriation of public funds for private purposes. There are,...

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I Run a Family-Owned Construction Firm. Here’s What COVID-19 Did to My World

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 on quillette.com

When a crisis hits, sometimes just a day or two can feel like a lifetime for a small business owner. That’s how it felt for me when much...

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Land Repossessions Were Disastrous for Zimbabwe. Will South Africa Repeat the Same Mistakes?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 on quillette.com

On March 6th, 2020, the government of Zimbabwe “gazetted new legislation under which former landowners may opt for repossession [of...

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“Amazon Empire” Struggles Under Its Own Contradictions

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 on quillette.com

Editor’s note: Quillette receives a small amount of revenue from Amazon affiliate advertising.  A review of Amazon Empire: The Rise and...

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The Erdoğanization of Hungary

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 on quillette.com

Earlier this week, ostensibly in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Hungarian parliament granted the country’s prime minister, Viktor...

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‘10% Less Democracy’—A Review

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 on quillette.com

10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less by Garrett Jones, Stanford University Press...

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PODCAST 84: Talat Chughtai, Director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Hamad General Hospital, on Treating COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 on quillette.com

Talat Chughtai, Director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Hamad General Hospital, talks to Jonathan Kay about COVID-19, the strain...

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Romance, Race, and Retribution

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 on quillette.com

I “This is a crisis of epic proportions,” wrote an alarmed Romance Writers of America (RWA) board member on Christmas Eve as the scenery...

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COVID-19 Science Update for March 31st: Wear a Mask, Georgia’s SSE, Kinsa’s Fever Map

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 on quillette.com

This article constitutes the March 31st, 2020 entry in the daily Quillette series COVID-19 UPDATES. Please report needed corrections or...

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Warehouse Work in an Age of Contagion

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 on quillette.com

As regular readers of Quillette will know, I work at a warehouse in West Sacramento, California, where every workday I toil in close...

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COVID-19 Science Update for March 30th: The Planet’s Deadly Viral Baseline

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 on quillette.com

This article constitutes the March 30th, 2020 entry in the daily Quillette series COVID-19 UPDATES. Please report needed corrections or...

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Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family—A Review

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family by Sophie Lewis, Verso, 224 pages (May 2019)  Why is it that when we grab for...

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COVID-19 Science Update for March 29th: Keep Your Voice Down

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 on quillette.com

This article constitutes the March 29th, 2020 entry in the daily Quillette series COVID-19 UPDATES. Please report needed corrections or...

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Denmark’s Weapons Against COVID-19: Early Action, High Trust—and a No-Nonsense Queen

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 on quillette.com

It’s early spring in Denmark, a welcome relief after months of murky, rainy darkness. Even Copenhagen’s less-affluent districts are...

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Social Distancing During the Black Death

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 on quillette.com

One of the comforts of studying history is that, no matter how bad things get, you can always find a moment in the past when things were...

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