Coronavirus Shock: Just Another Panic Monday?

The Reason Roundtable podcast debates the severity of the both the outbreak and the potential governmental responses.


As cases exponentially spread, financial markets swoon, and various institutions shut down (despite the president's insistence today that "Nothing is shut down"), Reason Roundtable podcasters Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch give a progress report on their own levels of PANIC and DOOM from inside the infectious zones known as New York City and the District of Columbia. Regular listeners will not be surprised to learn that there are vigorous levels of disagreement.

Also under discussion: the eternal return of Joe Biden, the looming knockout blow to the democratic socialist presidential candidate (if not quite to his policies), the problem of using statistics in conversation, and the dark right-wing past of the inventors of the Boysenberry.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music credit: 'Assembling' by Asher Fulero

Relevant links from the show:

"CPAC Attendees Mocked Coronavirus Fears. Now Some Are Self-Quarantining," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Trump Says the COVID-19 Death Rate Will Be 'A Fraction of 1 Percent.' Is He Right?" by Ronald Bailey

"To Avoid Charges of Price Gouging, eBay Bans Sale of Coronavirus Supplies," by Billy Binion

"No, Stimulus Spending Wouldn't Be an Economic Vaccine Against the Coronavirus," by Eric Boehm

"Did the Trump Administration Overpromise 1 Million COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests by the End of This Week?" by Ronald Bailey

"Coronavirus Will Be Deadly To Your Liberty," by J.D. Tuccille

"Joe Biden Is No Moderate," by Peter Suderman

"Sexism Didn't Kill the Warren Campaign. The Warren Campaign Killed the Warren Campaign," by Katie Herzog

"Elizabeth Warren Drops Out. Her Failed Campaign Is a Reminder That Even Democratic Voters Don't Want a Woke Policy Wonk in the White House," by Peter Suderman

"DNC Changes Debate Qualifications, Excluding Tulsi Gabbard," by Christian Britschgi