Episode 90: Jennifer Wright on How Understanding Plagues is Critical to Humanity

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I’ve wanted to have Jennifer Wright on the pod ever since I read her first book, It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in HistoryJennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titillating, and relevant, in way I’ve not come across before. Her passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page and makes her most recent book Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, a most compelling and important read. From understanding what makes a good leader (we see you Marcus Aurelius), to the hysteria of laughing and dancing plagues, to the origin of the condom (hello syphilis?!), Jennifer takes us on an journey through time that informs our present.

I loved this conversation. Let me us know what you think. We are @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram and Jennifer @jenashleywright on Twitter and Instagram.

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Photo credit: Victor Medina San Andrés