Alexis Madrigal is a journalist. Currently, he is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where he is deputy editor of Previously, Madrigal worked for the Fusion Media Group, and before that, he wrote for Wired. In 2011, Madrigal's first book, "Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology" was published. In 2014, Madrigal spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival alongside Tony Fadell as part of the panel discussion, "A New and Promising Energy Future". In 2017, he hosted an 8-part audio documentary on containerization called Containers. Madrigal received his B.A. in English from Harvard University.
Apple News Today talks to Alexis Madrigal, co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project at the Atlantic. Madrigal explains how data failures deeply hindered the U.S. government’s pandemic response. Plus, when we can expect life to return to normal.
John Kerry, President-elect Joe Biden's climate envoy, joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss investing in new infrastructure. Then, climate activist Greta Thunberg breaks down why she thinks environmental and social justice go hand-in-hand. Cardinal Wilton Gregory speaks to Amanpour about his recent appointment by Pope Francis as the first African-American Cardinal. Atlantic Staff Writer Alexis Madrigal tells Hari Sreenivasan about The COVID Tracking Project. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
'Atlantic' journalist Alexis Madrigal says millions of at-home saliva tests for COVID could be the key to life returning to normal — even if the tests are less accurate than the traditional PCR tests. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of testing, and what it would take for the government to fund and manufacture millions of daily tests. "I think what's happened in the U.S. has been so catastrophic on so many levels — economically, psychologically, educationally — that we have to be at least willing to entertain the idea of a fairly radical plan that could work," Madrigal says.
As the number of COVID cases rises, why are there still so many unknowns about its reach? This week, On the Media explores the lack of government transparency — and how third parties are filling in the gaps. Plus, as sports give way to socially distant e-sports, how broadcasters are adapting their playbooks to suit the moment. Don’t miss On The Media from WNYC Studios. 1. Alexis Madrigal [@alexismadrigal], staff writer at The Atlantic, tells us why the federal government's release of data has been in short supply. Listen. 2. Noam Levy [@NoamLevey], staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, on the questions of efficacy and transparency surrounding the federal government's efforts to distribute medical supplies. Listen. 3. Will Oremus [@WillOremus], senior writer at OneZero, on why the toilet paper shortage makes more sense than you think. Listen. 4. Micah Loewinger [@MicahLoewinger], on the experimental state of no-sports sports TV. And, Ian Bogost [@ibogost], professor of media studies at Georgia Tech, on what this moments tells us about what sports really mean to America. Listen. Music from the show:Fellini’s Waltz — Nino RotaThe Artifact and Living — Michael AndrewsWhat’s That Sound — Michael AndrewsCellar Door — Will OremusLiquid Spear Waltz — Michael Andrews  Kernkraft 400 — Zombie Nation  
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Apr 13th, 1982
Oakland, California, United States of America
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