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B-Time with Beth Bierbower

Nov 10, 2020

We are living in an unprecedented time.  The world has changed dramatically since COVID-19 began to spread widely in the first quarter of 2020 putting large swaths of populations in partial to full lockdown.  There are still many unknowns about the virus and leaders have had to make decisions with limited or poor data.  Which leads us to ask the question, “Exactly how does one make decisions when operating in an environment with so many unknowns?”  And how does one balance the data with the potential impact on human lives and livelihoods?  To help me explore these questions, I am turning to Kurt Wrobel, a well-known and highly regarded Health Actuary and President of Geisinger Health Plan.

Show notes: Books: Apollo by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox; The Wright Brothers by David McCullough; Fire and Steam: A New History Of The Railways In Britain by Christian Wolmar.  Beth suggests watching the documentary: The Saturn V Story on Amazon Prime Video.,%22The%20Saturn%20V%20Story%22%20is%20one%20of%20the%20most%20honest,reviewers%20complained%20about%20the%20sound.

Podcasts: Society of Actuaries; Russ Roberts on EconTalk