Season 1, Episode 1
Pandemics & Borders
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We are policing ourselves and our neighbors these days… our governments are certainly tracking us! States are closing national borders. We stay at home waiting for permission to leave.
We mull over the loss of civil liberties under the guise of the pandemic. And to understand these responses, we learn about a devastating pandemic from the 1800s.
In 1817, cholera broke out in Bengal and became a pandemic. Millions died. Europeans were ruling most of Asia, and they imposed restrictions on movement that’ve persisted to this day.
British scientist Sir Ronald Ross tries to stops a deadly cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore. He applies learnings from the new field of epidemiology
A public health vacuum left by governments over decades is being filled by tech companies, which have stepped up surveillance
Colonial cities lack proper water and sanitation — and sometimes employ water carriers. We speak to Pratik Chakrabarti
An old draconian law from 1897, when plague hit Bombay, has been reinstated for Covid-19. Interview with historian Tarangini Sriraman
What should nations do, other than shut down borders, when a pandemic hits? We speak to historian Alison Bashford
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