3.31.15: The Science Of Hedonism & Burying The Dead During An Epidemic

Mar 31, 2015

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Human beings spend a lot of time satisfying primal urges, but relatively little talking about or studying them. On today’s show, what we can learn by studying hedonism.

Then, at the height of the Ebola epidemic last fall, the hardest hit areas in West Africa not only struggled with containing the virus, but respectfully burying the dead. We’ll take a look at how funeral rites were handled during history’s worst epidemics.

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Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

Burials During Epidemics

Call Your Mom

  • Death is a family affair – especially when it’s also the family business. Producers Phoebe JudgeEric MennelLauren Spohrer, from the podcast Criminal, bring us this story about an unusual mother-daughter relationship.
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