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Compared to the lockdowns and shuttered businesses in countries across the world, Sweden is an outlier. Swedish officials have advised citizens to work from home and avoid travel, but most schools and businesses have remained open. This relaxed approach aims to minimize impact on the economy, and slow the spread of the virus through what is known as “herd immunity.”

Now, as the U.S. weighs further spreading the disease against the impact of a tanked economy, some Americans — particularly conservatives — are looking toward Sweden’s model as an option. On Second Thought unpacks the merits, risks and strategy behind Sweden’s approach, and what has become a political talking point here in the U.S.

"On Second Thought" for Friday, May 8, 2020.

Coronavirus has changed many aspects of our waking lives. It’s also shifted how we dream. Institutions around the world have been collecting examples of dreams since the outset of the pandemic, and some researchers even found a 35% increase in dream recall since lockdown started.

Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist and dream researcher at Harvard University, has analyzed the dreams of World War II soldiers, 9/11 first responders, and Kuwaitis under Iraqi occupation. She shared more about what she’s learning from the recent wave of pandemic dreams.

Author Sue Monk Kidd joined Virginia Prescott for one of the Atlanta History Center’s virtual author talks. Hear their conversation about her latest release, called The Book of Longings, which imagines the story of Jesus’ wife.


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