The 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion was a massive PR boost for the CDC. In this month’s subscriber-only podcast I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they created around the movie’s release. I explain how a running theme throughout the files is that the CDC are more than a public health agency, and function as another branch of the security state and foreign policy.
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