The story of LA as a major world city really starts in ernest with the arrival of the aqueduct. How the city acquired the water and what happened afterward is the stuff of legend. The story has been dramatized and mythologized through the years. A lot of information has been mixed up or made up. […]

Here is a playlist of all our episodes on plague so far. In these videos I discuss how plague infects a human host and how it spreads, the Plague of Justinian, the Black Death, the organized response to the Black Death, and the third wave of plague that hit in the 19th century.

Now that the Ebola videos are all wrapped up, I thought I’d compile them all here in one easy post. In this first video, I talk about how the disease is transmitted. Next, I talk about what the disease does to the body. And finally, I talk about the reasons for the current outbreak. I […]

In this first episode on Ebola, I explain how it spreads.

Around four years ago, I got the idea to write a show about┬ábubonic plague. Not on just one or two outbreaks or something, but an entire stage show where I just talk about bubonic plague for three hours. Any takers? No? Huh. As a fan of history, I really felt that the story of plague […]