Key Experts

Our main stories are informed by the characters whose experiences during COVID illuminate our understanding of what happened. Some were villainized in the media for offering expertise and views that didn’t align with popular opinions. They were discredited as “anti-science” (despite their credentials) before they were silenced and canceled. There’s much to learn from what happened to these professionals. They give us expert testimony as we follow them through the crisis, beginning with their early reactions to the health policies that were being decided upon. We also profile personal tragedies that befell some families during the COVID lockdowns.

Jay Bhattacharya

MD, Ph D

Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University

Jay Bhattacharya is a Doctor of Medicine and professor of health policy and economics (with a focus on epidemiology) at Stanford. He has published 135 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health among other fields. He holds an MD and PhD in economics, both earned at Stanford University. At the beginning of the pandemic, he had questions about the policy response. We follow as he goes into lockdown like the rest of us. We explore the Great Barrington Declaration, his reasons for taking this action and his personal experience of professional ruination for speaking out.

​Dr. Scott Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health policy at the Hoover Institution

Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is an expert in health care policy and Stanford professor. The film begins with his commentary as a civilian and concern as a grandfather, father, and husband to the events unfolding before he is asked by former President Donald Trump to become a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. His appointment put him as public enemy #1 and at the centre of casualties in the politicizing of science. Dr. Atlas’s book, A Plague Upon Our House, chronicles his time serving on the Task Force, taking us on the frontlines of how unelected public health bureaucrats took control of the pandemic response and implemented policies with disastrous consequences.

Paul D. Thacker

American Investigative Journalist

Paul D. Thacker is an American investigative journalist and former Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, with almost 20 years experience uncovering campaigns to distort science. He has written on scientific ethics for outlets including the New York Times, JAMA, Washington Post, NEJM, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, BMJ, and Mother Jones. He has been profiled by Nature and PBS. While serving as an investigator in the U.S. Senate, he helped to produce stories that ran in dozens of outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Reuters, ABC News, Science, Nature, BMJ, and the Associated Press. His congressional investigations led to passage of the landmark Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a bill that has altered the field of medicine, and is now being copied in several countries including England, France, the Netherlands, and Scotland.

Roman Baber

Former Conservative MPP, Ontario

Canadian MP Roman Baber criticized the lockdowns and was swiftly kicked out of the Progressive Conservative Party caucus in 2021 for voicing his opposition to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Ontario government. Serving as a member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario from 2018-2022, Baber was intimately familiar with the discussions of COVID policy within Canadian Parliament. He weathered the blows thrown at him from liberals and conservatives alike, standing firm in his belief that the actions taken by the Canadian government were failing the citizens he swore to represent. Baber provides insight on the decision-making process around COVID-19 policies, including school closures and lockdowns, and why he risked his position to oppose them.

Jenin Younes

Litigation Counsel for the
New Civil Liberties Alliance.

Jenin Younes is Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance. Having always been a passionate advocate for individual liberties, Jenin spent the first part of her career as an appellate public defender in New York City. She has been fighting against COVID-19 lockdowns and related policies during the pandemic. She is now representing doctors in the landmark Missouri v. Biden, NCLA’s case against Government-Big Tech collusion to censor pandemic information online. In a landmark case, the judge granted her request to depose federal officials, including Dr. Fauci, and Jen Psaki, President Biden’s former press secretary.

​Jeffrey Tucker

Founder and President,
Brownstone Institute

Jeffrey Tucker, author of many books including Liberty or Lockdown is a prominent economist, publisher and entrepreneur. He served as Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research from 2017 to 2021. He was a facilitator of The Great Barrington Declaration. It recommends an approach called “Focused Protection” as an alternative to lockdowns in addressing COVID-19. He is the founder of the Brownstone Institute, which aims to evaluate the global crisis stemming from the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its stated mission is “constructively to come to terms with what happened, understand why, discover and explain alternative paths, and prevent such events from happening again.”

William F. Shadwick

Managing Director of Omega Analysis Limited

William Shadwick was responsible for establishing the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He has been a member of many prestigious institutions, including the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, IMPA, Brazil and the NASA Ames Research Center.

At Omega Analysis, Shadwick and co-founder Ana Cascon have pioneered a fundamentally new approach to the study of probability and statistics.

The combination of their new viral dynamics model with their statistical tools gives an unprecedentedly accurate analysis of peak infections, the onset of herd immunity and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions and vaccination campaigns.

They’ve shown that it’s possible to produce accurate estimates of hospital admissions even at the very beginning of an outbreak, thus removing the rationale for the panic that led to lockdowns all over the world.

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