Year of Wonder: Plague Stories
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 512
- Jun 9, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:46 mins
Isaac Newton’s Year in Quarantine Guest: Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge University Quarantine in 2020 looks different for everyone, and with all our technology, it's much different from quarantine during the bubonic plague of 1666. But if Cambridge had had Zoom classes back then, Isaac Newton may not have made some groundbreaking scientific discoveries. For him, quarantine was an inspiration. Year of Wonders Guest: Geraldine Brooks, author, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" One tiny English village made the decision not to flee the plague that had come to their town. They likely saved thousands of lives, but they sacrificed most of their own. This novel of the bubonic plague is both a tragedy and an inspiration. How to Wipe a Disease Off the Earth Guest: Walter Orenstein, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine and Director, Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Thanks to modern medicine and vaccines, there’s a very good chance that you’ve never met anyone who has suffered from polio or the black plague, but that doesn’t mean those diseases are truly gone. Actually eradicating a disease is incredibly difficult, but there is hope.