Black Deaths Matter: Gerbils Caused the Plague

The three vectors transmit the fact that Asian gerbils were the true culprits behind the Black Plague in Europe. A study on tree rings exonerates rats, while Jono exonerates Richard Gere from any gerbil related rumors. Raj explains why brown lives matter not just intrinsically, but epidemiologically. And Joe is just glad we live in modern times. Listen here.

The Paper: “Climate-driven introduction of the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe” (Schmid et al., 2015)

Interlude Music: Dub Terminator – Rats

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