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Pandemics like the coronavirus "serve like looking glasses" that reflect society's vulnerabilities, author and Yale medical historian Frank Snowden says. Agence Photographique BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Historian Says Pandemics Are 'Looking Glasses' For Societies

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San Francisco's California Street, usually filled with cable cars, is seen empty on March 18, 2020, after residents were ordered to shelter in place in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Author Lawrence Wright's new novel imagines a mysterious virus that sweeps the globe. "All I'm doing is examining the world that we live in and extrapolating where it might go," he says. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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This Is 'Creepy': Lawrence Wright Wishes His Pandemic Novel Had Gotten It Wrong

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A 'Home Baked' Childhood: When The Family Business Is Marijuana Brownies

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American Poet Leah Naomi Green Releases Her First Book

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'A Poet Is Quite Prepared For A Pandemic,' Says 'Ledger' Author Jane Hirshfield

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'How To Feed A Dictator' Spills The Beans On 5 Strongmen

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A Little Girl Didn't Like Her 'Bedtime Bonnet,' So Mom Wrote A Book To Help

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Author Phuc Tran On Fitting In As A Refugee Boy In America

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'Why We Swim' Looks For Answers In People And Places Across The Globe

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Suleika Jaouad speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us. April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED hide caption

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Suleika Jaouad: How Can We Transform Loneliness Into Creative Solitude?

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Memories Of Tragedy Stay With Author Nguyen Phan Que Mai

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'I'm Living In The World With No Secrets,' Says Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

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