When Bapu Met Levitt (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep 13)

November 25, 2021 @ 11:00pm


Once upon a time, Bapu Jena was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. His most interesting teacher? The economist Steve Levitt. This week on Freakonomics, M.D., a replay of a conversation between Steve and Bapu from Steve’s podcast, People I (Mostly) Admire, where they cover everything from the ethics of human-challenge trials to why Bapu decided to start his own show.

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Relevant Research & References

Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:



“Inside the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Trial: ‘We Knew the World was Watching and Waiting for Results’,” by Rachel Arthur (BioPharma, 2021).
“Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Meets its Primary Efficacy Endpoint in the First Interim Analysis of the Phase 3 COVE Study,” by Moderna (2020).
“Mortality and Treatment Patterns Among Patients Hospitalized With Acute Cardiovascular Conditions During Dates of National Cardiology Meetings,” by Anupam B. Jena, MD, Vinay Prasad, Dana P. Goldman, and John Romley (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015).
“Men taking drugs for sex function risk sex diseases,” by Reuters Staff (Reuters, 2010).
“Probability Judgment in Medicine,” by Donald A. Redelmeier, Derek J Koehler, Varda Liberman, and Amos Tversky (Medical Decision Making, 1995).


Tags: Bapu Jena, Mary Diduch, Steve Levitt

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