Colin Elliott on Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 19 March 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Colin Elliott about his book Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World. Argues that the Antonine plague was both the cause and effect of Rome’s downward trajectory toward decline and fall. Backgrounds Rome’s multiple economic, social, and environmental susceptibilities; recounts the history of the outbreak through the experiences of physician, victim, and political operator; and explores postpandemic crises.

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How Human Disease Changed History, with Jonathan Kennedy

Instant Genius | 2 April 2023 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Kennedy about his book Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues. Discusses the effect that infections by viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms have had on evolution and history, the close links between disease and colonialism, how infection shaped the migration of humans out of Africa, and what we can all learn from the covid pandemic.

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Kyle Harper on Plagues and Covid

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 2 December 2022 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Discusses the role of the bubonic plague in the fall of the Roman Empire, the Black Death, flagellants and anti-Semitism, the plague in 17C London, the Spanish flu, the AIDS crisis, Thucydides, and the uprising over China’s covid policy.

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The Plague Cycle

Slate Money | 6 March 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Kenny about his book The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease. Backgrounds that, counter to Malthus, human population has historically been limited by disease, rather than famine. Also discusses vaccine distribution, and how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting the global economy long term.

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