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Published on: October 20, 2014
Episode 37: Insidious Ebola and Crude Economics

Good evening, podcast listeners! This week we invite two expert guests on the show to discuss a pair of issues that have been making big headlines lately.

First, Virginia Tech associate professor of public administration and policy Patrick S. Roberts stops by to talk about the deadly Ebola virus. He examines the growing crisis of public trust in west Africa that has stymied responses to contain and treat Ebola outbreaks, before moving on to look at what the United States needs to do, both to help the response in Africa, and to protect public health domestically. Finally, Roberts discusses how the politicization of the disease is affecting the response.

Then, the Council on Foreign Relations’ David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment Michael Levi returns to the podcast to speak about the myriad effects of the plunging price of oil. Levi puts falling oil prices in perspective, noting that if today’s prices were measured annually, there would only be five years in history that would be higher. He also discusses the distinction between a petrostate like Saudi Arabia, which is able to absorb lower oil prices to some degree, and petrostates like Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, which are feeling a bigger pinch.

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