In this “viral” episode, Jocelyn and Bradley sit down with Lisa Poppe, a Ph.D. student working in the—whoa, wait, WHAT? Indeed, as Lisa explains, everyone does have herpes, but not all the same kind. At the Nebraska Center for Virology, Lisa studies KSHV, a herpes virus associated with a type of cancer called Kaposi sarcoma. As they explore the big, small world of viruses, the friends discuss the science behind creating effective vaccines; why some viruses are particularly challenging to develop vaccines for; how storytelling and mutual respect are critical to fostering productive dialogue between scientists and non-scientists about vaccine effectiveness; and why The Prisoner of Azkaban is the best Harry Potter book. Join us, friends, for a freewheeling inquiry into our microscopic masters of the universe, from herpes to Hogwarts.
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Produced by Basement Creators Network
Sound Editing by Vince Ruhl