Podcast Recommendation: Demented

I’ll start by saying I love the name of this podcast series: Demented. There — right in the title — Kitty Eisle blurted out the taboo word. She developed this podcast series because, for better or worse, she became a parent to her parent. “Kitty’s dad was experiencing cognitive decline, but she felt like she was the one losing her mind.” A must listen.

School Lunch Politics

The shortage of food for school lunch programs has finally hit the press. The New York Times tags it as a labor shortage, no make that a supply shortage. Perhaps it is both. But those who emphasize the shortage is the end result of the decision to make school lunch free to all students during the pandemic know very little about just how skimpy a federally funded school lunch can be in pandemic times under the waiver of many school lunch nutritional requirements. They may also know very little about childhood poverty in the U.S.

Did Missouri’s Vaccine Reward Lottery Work?

Apparently not. No surprises here. There is significant data, from outside the COVID-19 universe, that it is the incentive of hard cash that, if anything, can help motivate the move toward health and wellness seeking behavior. Did anybody in Missouri actually consult anyone else in advance? Who advised that a lottery would draw large numbers of people into the vaccination fold?