Origin of a Deadly Pandemic: Elaine Dewar

Elaine Dewar and Craig Offman

Origin of a Deadly Pandemic: Elaine Dewar

Elaine Dewar and Craig Offman

5:00pm

Friday, October 22, 2021

In a compelling whodunnit investigation, journalist Elaine Dewar shows the science, follows the money, and connects the geopolitical interests that sent the world spinning in early 2020, when news of a SARS-like flu were reported in China. Her book On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years is part field notes and part cultural criticism, presenting relentlessly researched answers to our most asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear first hand how Dewar conducted a thorough investigation in a world in lockdown, and how leading science journals got it wrong.

Interviewer: Craig Offman

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In a compelling whodunnit investigation, journalist Elaine Dewar shows the science, follows the money, and connects the geopolitical interests that sent the world spinning in early 2020, when news of a SARS-like flu were reported in China. Her book On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years is part field notes and part cultural criticism, presenting relentlessly researched answers to our most asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear first hand how Dewar conducted a thorough investigation in a world in lockdown, and how leading science journals got it wrong.

Interviewer: Craig Offman

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Elaine Dewar—author, journalist, television story editor—has been honoured by nine National Magazine awards, including the prestigious President’s Medal, and the White Award. Her first book, Cloak of Green, delved into the dark side of environmental politics and became an underground classic. The Second Tree: of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality, won Canada’s premier literary non-fiction prize from the Writers’ Trust, and The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Called “Canada’s Rachel Carson,” Dewar aspires to be a happy warrior for the public good.

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Craig Offman is Managing Editor, Investigations and Enterprise Teams at Global News. A winner of a National Newspaper Award, Offman is a former staffer at Vanity Fair and Salon. His writing on culture and politics has appeared in GQ, Wired, the Financial Times and Time Magazine. He holds Canadian citizenship. 

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