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April 10, 2020

Embiggening

Sometimes a sketch of a thing needs filling in for its true significance to be known.

Juan Bernabeu

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Prologue

A nurse giving instructions to her partner in case she dies from COVID-19; a brother and sister talking every day, all of a sudden. (9 minutes)

We first heard about nurse Elise Barrett in a story by Eric Boodman for STAT.

Popular Vote

The discovery of new information casts a new light on a high school competition. Producer Sean Cole talks to some of the people involved, more than a decade later. (16 minutes)

Song:

“High School” by MC5

Tunnel Vision

A mysterious tunnel in Toronto leads to wild public speculation. Nick Kohler tells Ira the story behind the tunnel, which he wrote about for MacLean’s. (10 minutes)

Song:

“Tell me Everything” by Jim Liban & Joel Paterson Trio