Secondary Symptoms #1: Tin Foil Hats Stop Covid

We never planned for this. Cited was going to just make documentaries for you this season, but then the whole world changed. So, we had to change too. For at least the next two months, we’ll be releasing a weekly news-magazine style show about the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re calling it Secondary Symptoms.

In medicine, secondary symptoms (sometimes called ‘secondary complications’) are symptoms that might arise from the disease, but are not directly of the disease. We’ll be talking about the secondary symptoms of Covid-19. Not so much the disease itself, and what it does to one’s respiratory tract; rather, what other things Covid-19 is doing to all of us–what it is doing to our politics, our economy, and our social fabric.

On this episode, we continue the theme of Cited‘s first documentary, “the Science Wars.” The secondary symptoms of today’s episode are misinformation, distrust, and conspiratorial thinking.

Guests include:


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This episode was produced by Jay Cockburn and Gordon Katic.

Our theme song and original music is by our composer, Mike Barber. Dakota Koop is our graphic designer. Our production manager is David Tobiasz, and executive producers are Gordon Katic and Sam Fenn.

This episode was funded in part by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This is part of wider project looking at the politics of science in post-truth times. Dr. Dave Ng at the University of British Columbia is the research lead on that project.

Cited is produced out of the Centre of Ethics at the University of Toronto, which is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples.  Cited is also produced out of the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia — that’s on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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