Epidemiologist Argues For ‘Smarter’ Mask Mandates, Rethinking How We Talk About Autism

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As the delta variant spreads, some states and communities across the country are reinstituting mask mandates. We talk to an epidemiologist who argues there’s a better way to deal with masking. Then, we talk to the author of the new book “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.”

Featured in this Show

  • The Case For 'Smarter' Mask Mandates

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks indoors in certain areas. But our guest says there’s a smarter approach to masking guidelines. We look at specific factors that she says officials need to consider.

  • Author says we need to reframe the conversation about autism

    The author of a new book on autism, who is himself autistic, says that people on the spectrum do not need to be “fixed;” rather, autism is a part of an individual’s identity. The author joins the show to discuss his thoughts and experiences.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo Guest
  • Eric Garcia Guest

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