Prognosis: Breakthrough

On Breakthrough, a new series from the Prognosis podcast, we explore how the pandemic is changing our understanding of healthcare and medicine. We start with an examination of long Covid, a mysterious new illness that has stumped doctors attempting to treat symptoms that last for months and potentially years. It has changed the way hospitals work and forced healthcare officials to prepare for the next pandemic. Covid has also opened the door to revolutionary technology: messenger RNA vaccines. It’s a technology that never could have been proven so quickly outside the crucible of that first pandemic year, 2020, and it holds big implications for the future of medicine.

Science
Health & Fitness
1
Part Nine: The Next Pandemic
35 min
2
Part Eight: The Future of mRNA
27 min
3
Part Seven: The Vaccine Race
35 min
4
Part Six: Unlikely Heroes
37 min
5
Part Five: The Covid Fortress
29 min
6
Part Four: Covid’s Long, Scary Tail
25 min
7
Part Three: Rehab for Long Haulers
29 min
8
Part Two: How the Dead Are Helping the Living
33 min
9
Part One: Long Covid’s Early Origins
29 min
10
Introducing: Breakthrough
2 min
11
Doubt, Bonus: A Surprising Southern Success
36 min
12
Doubt, Part Six: Hope
49 min
13
Doubt, Part Five: Getting Out of the Boat
39 min
14
Doubt, Part Four: 'Let's Go to War'
48 min
15
Doubt, Part Three: The Happiest Place on Earth
41 min
16
Doubt, Part Two: The Man Behind The Myth
57 min
17
Doubt, Part One: Rumor Has It
40 min
18
What Closing Schools Has Done to Kids
11 min
19
The Science of Beating Variants
12 min
20
Introducing: Doubt
2 min
21
One Year
24 min
22
What Israel Can Teach Us
13 min
23
Coming Soon: The Pay Check Season 3
3 min
24
Is Pfizer's Vaccine Plan Fair?
16 min
25
Nursing Home Deaths Become a Political Football
16 min
26
Johnson & Johnson's CEO on the Newest Vaccine
13 min
27
Can the Arts Recover?
9 min
28
The Second Shot Squeeze
16 min
29
How the Vaccines Will Change Our Lives
8 min
30
The Good Kind of Surge
15 min
31
Fixing Vaccine Inequity
15 min
32
Combating COVID in the ER
12 min
33
The Pop-Up Vaccine Factories
12 min
34
Racing to Update the Vaccines For Variants
12 min
35
The Bitter Fight Over What's Safe For Schools
13 min
36
The Covid Symptoms Hidden in Our Voices
14 min
37
The Career Problem-Solver Taking on the Pandemic
11 min
38
Some Health Workers Can't Get a Vaccine
10 min
39
Can Biden's CDC Rehab Its Reputation?
11 min
40
We're Not Hunting Hard Enough For Variants
12 min
41
What to Do About Schools
13 min
42
Can Drugstores Save Us?
13 min
43
The Global Vaccine Gap
14 min
44
Where to Be in a Pandemic (Rebroadcast)
15 min
45
Can We Fix the Chaotic Vaccine Rollout?
15 min
46
Why Healthcare Workers Refuse the Vaccine
13 min
47
What Allergic Vaccine Reactions Mean For You
12 min
48
The U.K. Health System Threatens to Buckle
15 min
49
Vaccines via Eventbrite
14 min
50
Vaccinating the Worst-Hit Southeast Asian Country
15 min
51
How It All Started (Rebroadcast)
21 min
52
What We Know About Covid's Origins
9 min
53
A New Technology Hiding in Covid Vaccines
14 min
54
Lessons From Past Vaccines
16 min
55
How Companies Are Lining Up Shots for Workers
15 min
56
Voices From the U.S. Vaccine Program
13 min
57
Louisiana's Vaccine Test Run
14 min
58
The Doctor Behind the Government's Vaccine Deals
15 min
59
Who Should Get the First Doses?
12 min
60
A Turning Point Week Ahead
12 min
61
The Struggle to Distribute the Vaccine
14 min
62
Biden’s Pandemic Response Overhaul
15 min
63
A Bubble Made Up of Millions
14 min
64
Business, Interrupted
41 min
65
Where to Be in a Pandemic
16 min
66
Governors Brace For Winter
13 min
67
Can Enclosed Outdoor Dining Really Be Safe?
10 min
68
Can We Make Enough Covid Drugs?
14 min
69
Dr. Fauci on What the Vaccine News Means
11 min
70
A Global Virus Report Card
15 min
71
Special Edition: The Next Year of the Virus
29 min
72
The Cost of Taking Cases to Zero
12 min
73
One College Is Containing Covid
14 min
74
Your Questions About the Coming Winter
14 min
75
Inside the Push For a Vaccine in the U.S.
12 min
76
Fighting the Misinformation Crisis
13 min
77
The Obsession With a Vaccine Could Hurt Us
15 min
78
An Addictive Trading App Gets a Quarantine Boost
15 min
79
The Dangers of Pollution in a Pandemic
14 min
80
What Herd Immunity Really Means
14 min
81
Europe's Coronavirus Déjà Vu
14 min
82
What the NBA Bubble Can Teach Us
13 min
83
U.S. Vaccine Distribution Strategy is a Mess
14 min
84
The Virus Dogs Trump's Campaign
15 min
85
The Risk to Overweight People
14 min
86
Trump's Dream of an Ultra-Fast Vaccine is Crushed
12 min
87
The Fringe Scientists Making a Homemade Vaccine
13 min
88
What Trump's Diagnosis Means
14 min
89
The New York Case Spike
13 min
90
What We Can't Know About a Vaccine
13 min
91
The Test Market Is a Free-for-All
14 min
92
The People Who Get Covid Twice
14 min
93
The Pandemic Census
11 min
94
Another Ugly Number
15 min
95
A Loud Voice Can Be a Virus Ally
11 min
96
The Slim Chance of a Cure
14 min
97
How the Virus Will Be Different This Winter
10 min
98
Getting the Public to Trust a Vaccine
15 min
99
Learning As We Go
14 min
100
The Economy May Never Be the Same
11 min