Season 1, Episode 2

In Other Times

We’ve been here before. In this episode, we talk to experts about past epidemics, how societies fought them, and how they changed life.

In Other Times • Season 1, Episode 2

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Details from the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 or the quarantines during the bubonic plague sound familiar today. In this episode, we talk to historians about how past societies dealt with disease, and what happened when a new understanding of germs revolutionized our approach but led us to overlook the larger picture of health A legal historian explains why the U.S. pandemic repose was state-centered. And an English professor looks at the AIDS epidemic, and reflects on the human right to mourn.

Guests

David Barnes, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History

Alexander Chase-Levenson, Assistant Professor of History

Dagmawi Woubshet, Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English

Host

Alex Schein

Producer

Susan Ahlborn

Editor

Alex Schein

Interviewers

Susan Ahlborn and Jane Carroll

Illustration

Nick Matej

Music

Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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