The Leonard Lopate Show Edit this Published in The Leonard Lopate Show The Dancing Plague Listen 14 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe width="600" height="130" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="//www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=json/59767"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend John Waller describes a bizarre dancing epidemic that struck Europe in the 1500s. In The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness, he looks into the strange capabilities of the human mind and examines on our susceptibility to mass hysteria.