The announcement of the MacArthur Foundation Fellow Awards on Tuesday marks the 40th year the group bestows their awards, affectionately known as “genius” grants.

Trevor Bedford is a computer virologist and professor at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

His crowd-sourced work of tracking not only where viruses are, but how quickly they mutate has been found to be critical to understanding nature, danger, and trajectory proven by COVID-19.

Host Robin Young talks to Bedford about his work and the pressure he is feeling to stop the pandemic.