Episode 64

Amazon & One Medical, Gen Z at Home, AOC-Ramos Spat, Slow Justice

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki start with Amazon’s deal to buy One Medical before checking in on BA.5 and a few of the pandemic’s consequences: a near halt to what was already a slow justice system in America, and a sizable percent of Gen Z living back home. The hosts also touch on the friendly fire accusations that AOC is neglecting her district, as well as the latest takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee hearings, before Ravi wraps up with a response to a comment from a listener. 


Ravi unpacks Amazon’s $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical, arguing it will come down to how effectively Amazon manages to scale their new holding’s concierge medicine model.

Rikki introduces America’s collective shrug in the face of BA.5 and its resulting surge in reinfections, noting the near-total absence of proponents for measures like renewed mask mandates.

Ravi goes through the recent spat between AOC and NY State Sen. Jessica Ramos, constituting some maybe former friendly fire here in New York. The hosts discuss AOC’s political fortunes and what makes her a unique lightning rod. 

Ravi touches on a recent article from The Atlantic and ProPublica identifying one under-discussed culprit behind the nationwide crime surge: COVID closures of courthouses. The hosts debate the theory of swiftness, certainty, and fairness as compared to the severity of the punishment when it comes to deterring crime.

Rikki presents some seemingly stark data on the percentage of Gen Z that still lives at home before arguing the numbers aren’t nearly as discouraging as they appear; quite the opposite. 

Cory checks in on the Jan. 6 committee hearings as they reach their “midseason finale” as the hosts revisit what might come of their case against former President Donald Trump. 

Finally, Ravi wraps up by responding to a comment from a listener on last week’s segment on the teacher shortage in Arizona.

Amazon Buys One Medical [1:08]

Amazon Faces Fierce Competition in Health Ambitions After One Medical Deal (The Wall Street Journal, 07/22)
Amazon Gets ‘Whole Foods of Primary Care’ With One Medical Deal (Bloomberg, 07/21)
Amazon is forgetting its roots with the One Medical acquisition, says Adrian Aoun (CNBC Television YouTube Channel, 06/21)
“America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System” by Steven Brill (2015)

COVID! Hooray! [11:22]

Ineffective Mask Mandates Could be Returning in L.A. and Seattle (Reason, 07/15)
L.A. County on verge of indoor mask mandate as deaths, hospitalizations rise (Los Angeles Times, 07/14)
Mask Mandates Didn’t Make Much of a Difference Anyway (Bloomberg, 02/11)
Studying the causes and effects of long COVID (CBS Sunday Morning YouTube Channel, 07/17)
COVID Data Tracker (CDC, 07/26)
Nearly One in Five American Adults Who Have Had COVID-19 Still Have “Long COVID” (CDC, 06/22)
Lost Debate Ep. 8 (Nov. 30, 2021)

AOC-Ramos Spat [17:28]

Jessica Ramos Picked A Fight With AOC, For Some Reason (New York Magazine, 07/25)
Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez An Insider Now? (The New Yorker, 02/14)
“Let’s Go Brandon!” l What Does it Meme? (The Lost Debate YouTube Channel, 10/26)

“Slow Justice” [28:00]

The Cause of the Crime Wave is Hiding in Plain Sight (The Atlantic/ProPublica, 07/19)
Exclusive: 13 Percent of Early Rikers Releases Re-Arrested (Spectrum News NY-1, 07/08)
Timely Justice in Criminal Cases: What the Data Tells Us (National Center for State Courts)

Nearly 30% of Gen Z Lives at Home [37:25]

Nearly a Third of Gen Z is Living at Home (and They Plan To Stay) (The New York Times, 07/21)
Deloitte: Almost Half of Gen Z Workers Live With Financial Anxiety Every Day (Forbes, 05/23)
Adults are living with their parents at unprecedented levels as crushing debt, a runaway housing market, and the pandemic make independence impossible (Fortune, 03/25)
For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds (Pew Research Center,, 05/26/2016)

Jan 6 Catch-Up [41:46]

The Jan. 6 Panel After 8 Hearings: Where Will the Evidence Lead? (The New York Times, 07/22)
8 Big Takeaways From the January 6 Committee Hearings (New York Magazine, 07/23)
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll: The January 6th Hearings, July 2022 (Marist Poll, 07/21)

Listener Comment [48:02]

Lost Debate Ep. 63 (7/21)