Episode 118

DOE Leans Lab Leak, Florida vs. AP African American Studies

Ravi, Rikki, and Joe kick things off with the latest chapter in a long-simmering debate around the origins of COVID-19, now that the Department of Energy is endorsing the once-derided “lab leak theory.” Then we head down to Florida, where a politically charged curriculum fight is playing out over a proposed AP African American Studies course.


Major Questions Doctrine

Lost Debate Ep 16: Vax Mandates, Race in Healthcare, Dems Rebrand, Metaverse, College Closures (1/11/22)

Student Loans

Lost Debate Ep 73: Student Loans, CDC Overhaul, Fauci’s Last Ride, Twitter Whistleblower (8/25/22)

DOE Leans Lab Leak  [04:43]

Lost Debate Ep 27: Ukraine Invasion, COVID Origin Theories, KBJ to Supreme Court, Trump Probe (3/1/22)
Lab leak is not a debunked conspiracy theory and never has been (Matthew Yglesias/Slow Boring, 2/28/23)
Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of Covid-19 Pandemic, Energy Department Now Says (Wall Street Journal, 2/26/23)
Evidence suggests pandemic came from nature, not from a lab, panel says (Science, 10/10/2022)
Did SARS-CoV-2 escape from a lab? (Making Sense, 2/20/23)
Viral by Alina Chan and Matt Ridley review – was Covid-19 really made in China? (Guardian, 11/15/21)
How do we know the origins of COVID came from a market? (The University of Sydney, 8/18/22)
Did COVID Originally Leak From a Chinese Lab? Politics May Prevent Us From Ever Knowing for Sure (Time, 2/28/23)
FBI Director Says Covid Pandemic Likely Caused by Chinese Lab Leak (Wall Street Journal, 2/28/23)
White House Says No Consensus on Covid Origin (Wall Street Journal, 2/27/23)
House Republicans Probe Covid-19 Origins, Government Response (Wall Street Journal, 2/1/23)
Another Turn in the Covid Lab-Leak Story (Wall Street Journal, 2/26/23)
Video: US Energy Department assesses Covid-19 likely resulted from lab leak (CNN, 2/27/23)
COVID-19 Origins: Investigating a “Complex and Grave Situation” Inside a Wuhan Lab (Vanity Fair/ProPublica, 10/28/22)
What does the science say about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic? (NPR, 2/28/23)
What is “gain-of-function” research? (Economist, 11/1/21)
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic (Science 7/26/22)
SARS-CoV-2 is well adapted for humans. What does this mean for re-emergence? (bioRxiv, 5/1/20)
Supplementary written evidence submitted by Dr Alina Chan (RRE0098) (UK Parliament, 12/15/21)
An Analysis of the Origins of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions, 10/2022)

Florida vs. AP African American Studies [36:01]

The controversy over AP African American studies, explained (Vox, 2/9/23)
The real problem with AP classes (Vox, 2/26/23)
Advanced Placement Program Releases Official AP African American Studies Framework (College Board, 2/1/23)
AP® African American Studies OFFICIAL COURSE FRAMEWORK, PROJECT, AND EXAM OVERVIEW (College Board, 2/1/23)
The College Board Strips Down Its A.P. Curriculum for African American Studies (New York Times, 2/1/23)
What’s Really in the AP African-American Studies Class DeSantis Rejected? (Politico, 1/31/23)
What Do You Think About the Controversy Surrounding the New A.P. Course on African American Studies? (New York Times, 2/2/23)
Neo-Marxing the College Board with AP African American Studies (National Review, 9/12/22)
Georgia becomes latest U.S. state to ban ‘divisive’ concepts in teaching about race (Reuters, 4/28/22)
Debating The 1619 Project (Lost Debate, 4/13/22)

Voicemails [53:26]