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The Current, Episode 1: Laura Spinney & Clive Priddle on the Spanish Flu and COVID-19

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Current, a weekly series featuring interviews with nonfiction authors discussing the top issues of the moment, with host VP, Publisher of PublicAffairs Clive Priddle.


This week, Clive speaks to Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of “Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World.”

Episode originally aired: April 10, 2020

Episode length: 9:32

In this episode we cover:

(1:03) – How the Spanish Flu got its name

(3:28) – The questions Laura is being asked by media to compare the Spanish Flu to COVID-19

(5:46) – Clive is in New York, Laura is in Paris. How did these two cities cope with the Spanish Flu in 1918?