29 episodes

The science & history podcast all about PANDEMICS.

Series 1: Join the 'disease detectives' Mark Honigsbaum and Hannah Mawdsley as they investigate the most devastating pandemic of all time: the 1918 Spanish influenza. Part scientific detective story, part historical inquiry, 'Going Viral' takes listeners to the scene of the viral crime and in the process recovers the experience of the world's deadliest virus, which is 100 years old.

Series 2: The Covid Files: 100 years after the deadly Spanish Flu, Mark and his guests discuss the many faces of the Covid-19 pandemic. What lessons can we learn from history?

Series 3: It's the science story of the century - how successful vaccines against Covid-19 have been created in under a year. In 'Vaxx and the Facts', Marks takes a deep dive into the history and science of vaccinations - exploring how they work, where they come from and where they may be going.

Series 4: Pandemic Ethics: produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.

Follow our news on Twitter @GoingViral_pod
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Blog: markhonigsbaum.substack.com

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The science & history podcast all about PANDEMICS.

Series 1: Join the 'disease detectives' Mark Honigsbaum and Hannah Mawdsley as they investigate the most devastating pandemic of all time: the 1918 Spanish influenza. Part scientific detective story, part historical inquiry, 'Going Viral' takes listeners to the scene of the viral crime and in the process recovers the experience of the world's deadliest virus, which is 100 years old.

Series 2: The Covid Files: 100 years after the deadly Spanish Flu, Mark and his guests discuss the many faces of the Covid-19 pandemic. What lessons can we learn from history?

Series 3: It's the science story of the century - how successful vaccines against Covid-19 have been created in under a year. In 'Vaxx and the Facts', Marks takes a deep dive into the history and science of vaccinations - exploring how they work, where they come from and where they may be going.

Series 4: Pandemic Ethics: produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.

Follow our news on Twitter @GoingViral_pod
Follow us on Instagram - goingviral_thepodcast
Blog: markhonigsbaum.substack.com

    What Would An Ethical Pandemic Look Like?

    What Would An Ethical Pandemic Look Like?

    As sure as night follows day, we will face another pandemic, so how can we learn from the mistakes made during Covid-19, to ensure our response next time is not only more effective, but also more ethical?
    Today Mark and his guests Ilina Singh, James Wilson and John Prideaux dissect the British Government’s approach during the Covid-19 pandemic and explore the failure to engage seriously with the ethical challenges the pandemic raised, comparing the British approach with those in the USA and China. And they debate how ethicists and ethical thinking could play a more central role in deciding how to respond to the next pandemic. With Catherine Joynson of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Catherine Joynson
    Associate Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
    www.nuffieldbioethics.org | @CathJoynson | @Nuffbioethics
    John Prideaux
    The political correspondent at the Economist.
    www.mediadirectory.economist.com/people/john-prideaux/  |   https://www.economist.com/  | @JohnPrideaux | @TheEconomist
    Ilina Singh
    Professor of Neuroscience & Society at the University of Oxford and co-director at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Ethics and the Humanities. Principal Investigator on The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator, a collaborative project that brought UK ethics research expertise to bear on the multiple, ongoing ethical challenges present by Covid-19.
    https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/team/ilina-singh  | @OxPsychiatry
    James Wilson
    Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Health Humanities Centre at UCL and co-investigator on the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/people/permanent-academic-staff/james-wilson  |  @jamesgswilson | @ucl
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Co-producer: Kate Jopling @katejopling
    Cover art by Patrick Blower  www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod    
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    Blog: markhonigsbaum.substack.com 
    This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 
    https://ukpandemicethics.org/   |   @PandemicEthics_
    If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!

    • 57 min
    How Many Deaths Are Too Many?

    How Many Deaths Are Too Many?

    From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the British Government made it clear that a baseline level of mortality from Covid was being “priced in” to its decision making: on March 12th 2020, Boris Johnson stopped short of ordering the sort of lockdowns seen in other countries and warned that, “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” This approach belied a series of value judgements and trade-offs where people’s lives were set against other values, such as personal liberty and the economy. Today Mark and his guests Anjana Ahuja, Martin McKee and Dominic Wilkinson, reappraise this approach. With Ceinwen Giles and Matt Fowler. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Anjana Ahuja 
    Contributing writer on science for the Financial Times and co-author of the bestselling ‘Spike: The Virus Vs The People’ - the inside story of the Covid-19 pandemic with Sir Jeremy Farrar.
    https://www.ft.com/anjana-ahuja  /  @anjahuja
    Ceinwen Giles
    Co-CEO of Shine Cancer Support, member of the General Advisory Council of The King's Fund and Chair of the Patient and Public Voices Forum for the NHS England Cancer Programme.
    www.shinecancersupport.org / @ceineken
    Professor Martin McKee
    Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Martin is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and he’s published many scientific papers and books on health and health policy, with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition.
    www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/mckee.martin / @martinmckee
    Matt Fowler
    Co-Founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice.
    www.jrct.org.uk/covid-19-bereaved-families  / @CovidJusticeUK
    Professor Dominic Wilkinson
    Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Dominic is also a Consultant Neonatologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College. He is one the editors of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on pandemic ethics.
    www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/about-jesus-college/our-community/people/professor-dominic-wilkinson/ / @NeonatalEthics
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling
    Cover art by Patrick Blower. www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod    
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    Blog: markhonigsbaum.substack.com 
    This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 
    https://ukpandemicethics.org/   /  @PandemicEthics_
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Covid Inequalities with Professor Sir Michael Marmot

    Covid Inequalities with Professor Sir Michael Marmot

    Professor Sir Michael Marmot has been researching health inequalities and their relationship to social injustice for more than 50 years. He has long been a vocal critic of how health inequalities undermine social cohesion and the ability of health systems to respond effectively to pandemics and other health emergencies. Despite being an outspoken critic of austerity and the policies of successive Coalition and Conservative British governments, he was named a Companion of Honour in the 2023 New Year Honour’s List.
    Today Prof Sir Michael Marmot speaks to Mark about Covid-19 and health inequalities as well as his decades-long research into this field.  This interview is featured in our companion episode: ‘All In It Together: Were Unequal Outcomes Inevitable during Covid-19?’
    Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Professor Sir Michael Marmot
    Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association.
    https://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/  @MichaelMarmot
    @marmotihe
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling
    Cover art by Patrick Blower. www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod    
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    Blog: markhonigsbaum.substack.com 
    This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. A partnership between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the Principal Investigator was Professor Ilina Singh, University of Oxford). The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 
    https://ukpandemicethics.org/   /  @PandemicEthics_
    If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!

    • 47 min
    All In It Together: Were Unequal Outcomes Inevitable during Covid-19?

    All In It Together: Were Unequal Outcomes Inevitable during Covid-19?

    When Covid-19 first struck the UK, the disease was described as “a great leveller”. But it soon became clear that Covid's impacts were not evenly distributed - we may have been in the same storm, but we were in different boats.  Today Mark and his guests Charlotte Augst, Halima Begum and Beth Kamunge-Kpodo discuss unequal outcomes during the Covid-19. With Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Pastor Mick Fleming. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Dr. Charlotte Augst
    Former Chief Executive of National Voices, a coalition of charities working on health issues and which was extremely active highlighting issues of inequality during the pandemic.
    www.nationalvoices.org.uk  / @CharlotteAugst
    Dr. Halima Begum
    Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank.
    https://www.runnymedetrust.org  / @Halima_Begum
    Pastor Mick Fleming
    Founder of Church on the Street Ministries, Burnley.
    @PastorFleming
    Dr. Beth Kamunge-Kpodo
    Beth is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading. She has a longstanding interest in exploring and addressing various forms of inequality.
    www.reading.ac.uk/law/our-staff/beth-kamunge-kpodo
    Professor Sir Michael Marmot
    Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association. Professor Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 50 years.
    @MichaelMarmot
    https://www.instituteofhealthequity.org
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling
    Cover art by Patrick Blower. www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod    
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    It is a partnership between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the Principal Investigator was Professor Ilina Singh, University of Oxford). The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 
    https://ukpandemicethics.org/
    @PandemicEthics_
    If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!

    • 58 min
    Who Do We Trust in a Pandemic?

    Who Do We Trust in a Pandemic?

    The coronavirus pandemic raised significant questions about public trust: trust in science, trust in politicians and trust in the public health messaging. Today Mark and his guests Anjana Ahuja; Sarah Cunningham-Burley; Charles Kwaku-Odoi and Christina Pagel discuss trust during the Covid-19 pandemic for this Going Viral special, produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.
    Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Anjana Ahuja
    Anjana Ahuja is a contributing writer on science for the Financial Times, offering weekly opinion on significant developments in global science, health and technology.  Last year she co-authored the bestselling ‘Spike: The Virus Vs The People’ - the inside story of the Covid-19 pandemic with Sir Jeremy Farrar. Spike was shortlisted for the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the 2022 Royal Society Science Book Prize.
    https://www.ft.com/anjana-ahuja  /  @anjahuja
    Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley
    Sarah is Professor of Medical and Family Sociology and Dean of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah led on work around engaging the public as part of the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator which finished its work in August 2022. She brought together members of the public to consider ethical issues arising during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/sarah-cunningham-burley / @Sarah_C_Burley 
    Rev Charles Kwaku-Odoi
    Charles is Chief Officer of the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) and a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of the county of Greater Manchester. Charles works to bring equity and fairness across a range of important health and wellbeing issues for people of the Caribbean and African Diaspora. He sits on a wide range of local and national governance boards including Macc (Manchester Community Central), Faith Network for Manchester, SAGE Ethnicity Subgroup, Greater Manchester Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Leadership Group, Coalition of Race Equality (CORE) Organisations.
    www.cahn.org.uk  /  @charleskod
    Professor Christina Pagel
    Christina Pagel is a Mathematician and Professor of operational research at University College London within UCL's Clinical Operational Research Unit, which applies operational research, data analysis and mathematical modelling to topics in healthcare.
    https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=ACPAG88 / @chrischirp
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling
    Cover art by Patrick Blower. www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter: @GoingViral_pod    
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    This episode of Going Viral on trust during the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator, which was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund.
    https://ukpandemicethics.org/
    @PandemicEthics_
    If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!
     

    • 58 min
    Collecting Covid

    Collecting Covid

    Mark visits the Science Museum in London to look at their Collecting Covid-19 objects and talk to Natasha McEnroe, the museum’s Keeper of Medicine, about their curatorial choices. The collection currently comprises over 400 items relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, including some major works of art.
    Hosted by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum
    With:
    Natasha McEnroe, Keep of Medicine at Science Museum London
    @natashamcenroe
    https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/project/collecting-covid-19/
    Roxanna Halls on her painting of Katie Tomkins, Mortuary and Post-Mortem Services Manager at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, created as part of the Portraits for NHS Heroes project in response to the pandemic
    https://www.instagram.com/roxanahallsartist/?hl=en
    @RoxanaHalls
    https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/blog/artwork-roxana-halls/
    Will Haynes, from the University of Sheffield’s geography department, on the project, “collecting the loneliness of students in the pandemic”
    @willr_haynes
    https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/geography/news/geography-students-publish-research-article
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg
    Cover art by Patrick Blower www.blowercartoons.com
    Follow us on Twitter @GoingViral_pod
    Follow us on Instagram: goingviral_thepodcast 
    If you enjoy our podcast - please leave us a rating or review.  Thank you!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

JeffR2 ,

So glad it’s back

I was hoping Going Viral would return for COVID-19 (actually was hoping it’d return sooner). The first series on the 1918-19 flu pandemic was outstanding: well researched, good guest interviews, overall good treatment of topic. The approach to our current pandemic has also shown breadth and intriguing guests; despite this not being a current event, Mark brings a historical perspective, including policy and politics as well as the disease itself. There’s no shortage of COVID-19 podcasts; this is one of the few for which I make time. Hoping Dr. Mawdsley makes an appearance on a future episode.

Dagda9 ,

Absolutely a must.

This is such an incredible podcast. And so very timely given what is happening around the world. Everyone should listen

Elizaholiday ,

Interesting and informative

Great podcast, give it a listen!

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