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Studio 360

Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Some of our culture’s most enduring monsters transmit their contagion through biting — werewolves, zombies, and vampires. Are these myths really about rabies?

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Radiolab

Rodney Versus Death

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne.

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Radiolab

Dead Reckoning

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From a duel with the world's deadliest disease to a surprising peek into the way doctors think about death, in this hour Radiolab tries to reckon with the grim reaper.

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Radiolab

Sink Your Teeth Into Our Rabies Quiz

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Did you know the phrase "hair of the dog" comes from an old remedy for rabies? Take our rabies quiz for more factoids on the deadly virus.
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Radiolab

Rodney Versus Death

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Rabies

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rabies is a virus most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, and it has been around as long as humans have. Veterinarian Monica Murphy and  journalist Bill Wasik, authors of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus, explain the history, science, and cultural mythology surrounding rabies—and how it has spawned stories of pandemic, werewolves, and zombies.

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Studio 360

Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Long before science explained rabies, the virus showed up in folklore and literature. "The vampire myth, the werewolf myth, and the zombie myth," Bill Wasik tells Kurt Andersen, "are all saliva-born infections that manifest as a contagious animal essence. Rabies is the only thing ...

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