Many elected officials have declared metaphorical war against the coronavirus. On this week’s show, On The Media examines the historical risks and benefits of relying on bombastic cliches. Plus, quarantined celebrities are revealing how they are and, more often, aren’t just like us.
1. Jeet Heer [@HeerJeet], correspondent at The Nation, explains why treating the pandemic like a war might benefit essential workers on the frontline. Listen.
2. Nicholas Mulder [@njtmulder], historian at Cornell University, on how wartime economic policies change societies. Listen.
3. Eula Biss, author of On Immunity, on the perils of painting public health crises with the broad brush of war. Listen.
4. Bob [@bobosphere] reflects on famesplaining celebs, using their platforms for good and for not-good. Listen.