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99% Invisible – The Grand Dame of Broad Street

I have long struggled with what to do with this blog. On one hand, I want to make it a picture of my historical acumen, but on the other hand I want to make sure that I have been functioning website. This is a struggle because I do a lot, like most academics, and sometimes self-aggrandizement is difficult because it comes in the way of actual work. So in order to make sure that I keep updating this site, I am going to start doing an idea that I learned from fivethirtyeight.com’s political podcast. The statistics based website and podcast starts with what they call their “good use of polling and bad use of polling.” In that vein I think I will begin my good use of history to value some history where at least once a week I will make an effort to publish a small thing that I think it’s a good historical document or use of history. With that in mind, here’s my first submission

99% Invisible is an amazing podcast starring Roman Mars and a cadre of reporters. It dabbles in a fascinating aspect of history which is the built environment. Mars himself refers to it as a podcast on design, but it is so fundamental at times that it really becomes a podcast about everything. It is truly impressive. So why did this particular episode motivate me to write for the first time on such topic, Well, it has to do with the fact that this is effectively my field. I do epidemiological and medical history. This story not only tells a fascinating yarn about the CDC and a beautiful building, but how we find where diseases come from. This tracks the fantastic story of Legionnaires’ disease and how disease detectives were able to track it down. Worth a listen.

99% Invisible – Episode 211 – The Grand Dame of Broad Street