Plagues in Human History

Episode 1 - March 30, 2020
Spores of Bacillus pestis which caused the plague and its vector the human flea (Pulex irritans). Coloured drawing by A.J.E. Terzi.
Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Merle and Lee talk about the scientific and medical background to the plague describing the bacterium, Yersinia pestis,  and how it sickens and kills humans. They offer an overview of the 3 historical plague pandemics, where we can find plague today, and touch upon the obsession with plague in popular culture.