Why We Underestimated COVID-19

In this April 03 episode of the The New Yorker Radio Hour even those who aren't familiar with Daniel Kahneman, and his work with the late Amos Tversky on judgement and decision making (Thinking Fast and Slow), will realize how exactly Kahneman translates our universal incomprehension of this pandemic.

The New Yorker Radio Hour
Despite the warnings of politicians and health-care professionals, many have failed to treat the coronavirus pandemic as a serious danger. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning expert on human behavior, speaks with Maria Konnikova about why the threat posed by COVID-19 defies intuitive comprehension. Plus: Jon Lee Anderson reports from Brazil, where Jair Bolsonaro’s government is pushing to allow commercial mining in the Amazon, despite the harm that it will bring to the indigenous groups who live there. And Jelani Cobb speaks with DJ D-Nice about his Instagram Live party, Club Quarantine, which attracted hundreds of thousands of socially distanced attendees.