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Pandemic diseases are like vampires: they can’t live without us, they never die, yet we are reluctant to kill them. Follow the story of our dysfunctional relationship with epidemic diseases throughout the ages, from bubonic plague to COVID-19, and ask yourself - why have we let this go on for so long?

Vampire Pandemics - Past and Presen‪t‬ Jonathan Roberts

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Pandemic diseases are like vampires: they can’t live without us, they never die, yet we are reluctant to kill them. Follow the story of our dysfunctional relationship with epidemic diseases throughout the ages, from bubonic plague to COVID-19, and ask yourself - why have we let this go on for so long?

    #VampirePresident

    #VampirePresident

    In a fascinating twist to our pandemic narrative, President Trump got Covid-19. He survived, thanks to experimental new treatments. This commentary asks what we, and our leaders, have become in a world of antibody cocktails and experimental therapy.

    • 10 min
    Conclusion - Pandemics as Vampires

    Conclusion - Pandemics as Vampires

    Like vampires, pandemics have been stalking us for millennia, draining us of our vitality and causing dissension in our ranks.  Do we really need to live with them, or is eradication a more worthy goal?

    • 13 min
    Ebola - the structural racism of global health

    Ebola - the structural racism of global health

    Ebola, the most terrifying of pandemics, is a deadly infectious disease but it is also a symptom of the racism inherent in our global medical system.

    • 34 min
    HIV and the Geography of Blame

    HIV and the Geography of Blame

    HIV AIDS changed sexuality forever, but its most profound impact was on its home turf of Africa.  

    • 31 min
    Influenza - Under the Influence of the Stars

    Influenza - Under the Influence of the Stars

    We have a dysfunctional relationship with Influenza, our buddy, the "flu." It comes to visit us regularly and we have come to accept its presence, despite the fact that we might just be able to defeat it someday, maybe.

    • 43 min
    Cholera - a 19th century world tour

    Cholera - a 19th century world tour

    Cholera and humanity build a dysfunctional relationship in the 19th century.

    • 40 min

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This podcast is excellent in explaining what causes a pandemic. Very informative.

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