Talking with Authors: Brendan Borrell, The First Shots
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: New May 2022! This conversation between author Brendan Borrell and Apoorva Mandavilli, Science Reporter of the New York Times details the full inside story of the high-stakes, global race for the lifesaving vaccine to end the Coronavirus pandemic.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Medicine-78**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a cross-curricular activity focused on student study of current health and medical issues such as COVID-19. What insights do they gain from their interview to help their understanding of those issues?
  • Use the video as inspiration/example for an activity that has your students interview each other on writing they have done. Use the video to show interview styles, types of questions, and how a finished interview video could be edited together.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.