"Endless Thread" presents a special series called "Infectious: The Strange Past and Surprising Present of Vaccines — and Anti-Vaxxers." Get a sneak peek of the series by listening to the trailer now. The first two episodes will be available on Friday, May 3.
Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, along with producer Josh Swartz, explore the weird, winding story of scientific innovation, medical disasters and online virality that radicalized new parents and created a movement that threatens to send us back to the disease-ridden dark ages.
"Infectious" features on the ground reporting in Clark County, Washington, where Gov. Jay Inslee recently declared a state of emergency in response to a measles outbreak, as well as conversations with Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, and Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. "Infectious" seeks to disentangle fact from fiction around one of the most hotly debated topics in our nation’s history.
“'Endless Thread' takes podcast listeners way beyond the headlines and reductionist arguments to understand how these opposing forces came to be," said Iris Adler, executive director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR. "This series underscores 'Endless Thread's' unique and powerful storytelling; every episode is its own surprising documentary about everything that's weird, wonderful and disconcerting about the internet.”