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The History of Being Human

Mar 25, 2019

Our relationship with microorganisms is *ahem* complicated...mostly symbiotic, but often combative and, yes, fatal.

In this episode I speak with a physician on the front lines of the battle to the death between viruses, amoebas, and bacteria and their human victims.  

Dr. Mark Crisplin in an infectious disease doctor in...


Mar 18, 2019

The Adapt or Die Series goes Viral...

Egyptians, Hittites, Athenians, Romans -- outbreak after outbreak Variola major has been a pox on our house from time immemorial.

No other disease has weakened and crippled empires and wiped entire peoples off the earth like smallpox. It killed 400-500 million in the 20th Century...


Mar 7, 2019

The puking flea apocalypse! This is one of the rare events in history where the death toll is constantly being revised HIGHER as new data comes in. By recent estimates, possibly 40% of THE WORLD killed by the Great Plague.

What was it like to live during the end of the world? What did the dying -- and those who remained...


Mar 1, 2019

Where did the plague that ravaged Europe in the mid-1300's come from? How did it get there?

Today we begin a three episode series on the Great Black Death Plague of Europe that killed millions and rewrote history. We stare unblinking into the face of arguably the worst catastrophe in the history of humanity. 

Herein you...