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Linda Vail: Leading Through Crisis

Linda Vail: Leading Through Crisis
This week we’re joined by Linda Vail, director of the Ingham County Health Department. She speaks about her background in immunology, the makings of a pandemic, and what it’s like leading the community through the COVID-19 crisis.

Our guest this week couldn’t be more relevant. As COVID-19 cases continue to fill hospital beds around the country, Linda Vail, director of the Ingham County Health Department, joins us to discuss what it's like to lead through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Ingham County residents, we’re quite thankful to have someone like Linda leading the fight against COVID-19 in our community. She’s been a public health officer for 15 years, worked in public health for four more, and previously worked as a biomedical researcher. In fact, she has a background in bioterrorism preparedness.

So it’s no surprise to anyone that she saw this thing coming back in January 2020 before it hit the United States. Tune in as Linda shares expert insights, reveals the makings of a health crisis, and discusses the current state of the pandemic.

Jack Honey Smash

Jack Honey Smash

Jack Honey Smash
Sure, we appreciate the craft of a complex cocktail as much as the next person. But sometimes, there’s just no need for extravagance. Sometimes there’s just no time. With the Jack Honey Smash, you spare no pleasure in sparing ingredients, which leads to some questions. Is it delightful because it’s simple? Or is it simple because it’s delightful? I guess there’s only one way to find out.


  • 2 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey®
  • 6—8 Mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • Crushed ice


  1. 1/2 fill a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
  2. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds
  3. 2/3 fill a highball glass with crushed ice
  4. Strain the liquid into the glass
  5. Add mint sprig to garnish

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