RN Presents brings you the best short feature and documentary series from the ABC’s Radio National network. The current series is Patient Zero — stories of disease outbreaks: where they begin, why they happen and how we found ourselves in the middle of a really big one.
08 | Patient Zero: First Outbreak
In 1789, a disease tore through Aboriginal communities around Sydney Cove, or Warrane, leaving dead bodies floating in the harbour, and scattered along the shorelines. Some think that this outbreak was a fire that was deliberately lit.
07 | Patient Zero: Back From The Brink
A six-year old boy in Papua New Guinea wakes up one day and is suddenly unable to stand by himself. Less than a year later, children in three other Asia Pacific nations are experiencing the same alarming symptoms. A disease that was eradicated from these countries is back -- and it appears to be spreading.
06 | Patient Zero: Ticking Time Bomb
You’re a doctor faced with a dilemma: your patient isn’t responding to treatment. In fact, they’re getting worse. You run through a list of what might be wrong, but nothing seems to fit. And then suddenly -- whatever is wrong appears to be spreading. It’s a race against time, and a medical mystery that only a seasoned disease detective can solve.
05 | Patient Zero: Spillover In Suburbia
A sleepy suburb in Brisbane is the scene of a gruesome disease outbreak, where the streets literally run with blood.
Excellent research, wonderful writing, great narration & production. Well, mostly. 5/5
Good info. The music is way too intrusive
Please tone the sound effects and music down. Why do podcasts think we need it to know how to feel?