What to Doc: “Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines.” Nova’s Decoding COVID-19 provides insight into the science behind the pandemic, and more interestingly, a look inside the labs of those racing to find a vaccine that could change the course of history.

+ What to Book: “Most confrontations, viewed from the wide angle of history, are minor disputes, sparks that quickly die out. But every now and then, someone strikes a match that lights up the whole planet.” The always excellent Steven Johnson: Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt. (Want to think about something other than quarantine? Think about pirates.)

+ What to Read: “I didn’t know it at the time, but the cop who kicked me was named Daniel T. Hersl. His boot in my ribs would mark the beginning of a 17-year relationship between two guys who had more in common than anyone would have imagined, especially us.” D. Watkins: An All-American Story Of Two Boys From The East Side Of Baltimore.