In honor of World AIDS Day, I am going to promote one of my favorite podcasts, (which may be old news to many of you out there) Radiolab. Recently, they discussed the concept of patient zero in three interesting scientific stories: Typhoid Mary, Patient Zero of the HIV/AIDS empidemic, and the creation of the high-five.
All three stories were magnificent and I learned about the stubbornness of Typhoid Mary and her determination to continue on being a cook even after she knew she carried a potentially deadly disease; the idea that the HIV virus crossed over from primates as far back as 1908; and a truly depressing story about an openly gay baseball player who played for the Dodgers who may or may not have invented the high-five. This podcast really has it all. I couldn’t stop listening.
In addition, I think it is important to understand how and where HIV/AIDS started so we can potentially begin to understand where we are now.
Of course, like all great things, this podcast is FREE! Find it here.