A Look Back At CPAC, Processing Pandemic Death Toll, What Happened To Flu Season

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. John Raoux/AP Photo

Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, gathered at the annual CPAC conference this weekend. We look at what it says about the direction of the party. We also talk about what happened to the flu virus during a year of extra health precautions due to COVID-19. Plus, we learn why it can be tough to fully grasp the COVID-19 death toll.

Featured in this Show

  • A Look At What Happened At CPAC

    We take a look at this weekend’s conservative gathering in Orlando, including former President Donald Trump’s first speech since leaving office. We discuss what he and others had to say and what the future holds for the Republican party.

  • Why 'Psychic Numbing' Makes It Hard To Internalize 500K COVID-19 Deaths

    It can be hard to absorb the magnitude of 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, and there’s a scientific reason for it: Psychic numbing. An expert tells us why the worsening death toll might feel like just another number.

  • What Happened To The Flu This Season?

    We talk with a science writer about what the pandemic did to the flu this season and whether future flu seasons might look different too.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Laura Pavin Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Tim Hagle Guest
  • Shilagh A. Mirgain Guest
  • Katherine Wu Guest
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director

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