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.

Here is my most recent history video on plague. This time it’s about the Black Death, the plague that we all know and love. This is a very important event that helped to shape Europe and the rest of the world. I talk about the impact of plague on society here:

Knowing the history of infectious disease epidemics and pandemics like plague, smallpox, cholera, etc. is important when it comes to understanding whatever new disease comes our way. In this video, I discuss how the plague thwarted Justinian’s efforts to make the Mediterranean a Roman lake again in the middle of the sixth century.

When AIDS came around when I was a kid, the thing that really fascinated me about it was where it came from and how it managed to travel all around the world and become such a problem in such a relatively short time. I have always been interested in how an emerging disease manages to […]

Growing up, my old man always told me, “if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.” That was the word in the house pretty much any time a wasp would fly inside or a creepy spider was in the basement. Just let it be. It’s more scared of you than you are of it. […]

In this second episode on Ebola, I explain what it does to a human host.

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