Adam Kleinman and guests
The Three Plagues: Conversations from New York

With Dorion Sagan, Astrid Schrader, and Martha Kenney



Paranoia TV

Production specifics
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ’20

Supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Vienna

The impact of the pandemic has been especially striking in the USA. Moreover, it seems like the entire country is experiencing not one but three simultaneous viruses: COVID-19 comes along with a flare-up of endemic racism, which in turn relies upon viral images and memes circulating both on- and offline to thrive. The Three Plagues takes an in-depth look at these ongoing upheavals. In three hour-long episodes, program host Adam Kleinman and invited guests will trace various “etiologies” of this triplicate affliction, drawing upon the collective experience of several months of lockdowns, protests, and their related viral images and stories.

Shifting to both a cosmic and microscopic scale, the final installment will deconstruct and reconsider the microbial world with philosophers and theorists Astrid Schrader and Martha Kenney as well as author Dorion Sagan.