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.


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


Alex Schein


Susan Ahlborn


Alex Schein


Susan Ahlborn and Jane Carroll


Nick Matej


Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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