Ep 155 // COVID-19 and the Case for Medicare For All / ‘Contagion’ (2011)

Premiere DateMar 27, 2020
00:00 Intro
01:18 START /// COVID-19 and the Case for Medicare For All Joe Virgillito & Prof. Gerald Friedman
02:05 How much better off would the US be right now if we had universal healthcare?
07:15 What should the messaging on Medicare for All be?
10:38 How might Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan create millions of jobs?
14:24 Response to people who call single-payer “pie in the sky”
19:51 Is the current system in such shambles it may break down?
26:50 Is the current discussion around M4A in a good place? /// END
31:34 1st Person: Darcy // Surviving Abuse (Trigger Warning)
37:26 Movie Review: J. McVay on 2011’s ‘Contagion’
39:29 Movie Chat w/ Jacqueline Soller & J. McVay (Spoiler Alert)
66:33 "Different Name Same Place" (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Scoville Unit
69:17 Outro / Credits
70:06 Finish.

Joe Virgillito discusses how the continuing COVID-19 crisis may impact the movement pushing to make Medicare available to all Americans. His guest on the topic is Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of the new book, ‘The Case For Medicare For All.’

Later in the episode, J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss the 2011 movie, ‘Contagion,’ directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Demetri Martin, Elliott Gould , Bryan Cranston, and Jennifer Ehle — available from Warner Home Video.

And we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by New York band Scoville Unit, from their upcoming BTR Live Studio session.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu. Joe Virgillito is associate producer.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Joe Virgillito Jacqueline Soller