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THE GILDED VECTORS OF DISEASE
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"IN THE SWEDISH TOWN OF HURDENBERG, THE MAYOR WAS SELECTED BY LICE..." – Episode 1 LOUSE

WHAT THE LISTENERS SAID
"Sprightly and intriguing series on the extraordinary histories of disease and the fantastical creatures that spread them..." METRO

"Better get producing...the people want more!" ALBERT
"Resonance has always thrown up some gems of radio...looking forward to the rest of this series." LUSHATTIC
"Can't wait to listen to them all..." KATE
"This series on vectors of disease at @ResonanceFM looks ace." BEN

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LOUSE

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest, Professor of Public Health & Entomology Steve Lindsay has studied vector-borne diseases for nearly 30 years and worked all over the world. He was was part of the pioneering team in the 1980s proving how insecticide-treated bednets reduced malaria deaths. His expertise in things small, crawling, flying and potentially deadly is second to none. He has a special fascination for the tiny but game changing louse. Steve has some very unexpected stories to tell and offered a truly novel suggestion for the 2012 London mayoral election... Pittsburgh writer and artist Justin Hopper takes us on a vivid and thought provoking journey into the trenches of WW1.

RAT

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest Dr Caroline Lynch is an epidemiologist who maps the patterns of disease in populations. Are you really never more than 50 yards from a rat in London? Dr Jon Cuccui is a Pathogen Molecular Biologist & plague expert who was part of a remarkable project to extract DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims' skeletons discovered in London. Paul Sherreard (London Metropolitan Archives Interpretation Officer) gives a richly entertaining insight into the Victorian obseesion with tunnelling. Guest poet George Stone delivers a spellbinding tale of unwelcome arrivals in England and misplaced blame.

BEDBUG

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest Dr James Logan (zoologist, entomologist and LSHTM Lecturer in Medical Entomology) is a familiar face on TV bringing to life the complexities of science with clarity and youthful charisma. He could soon become the Nemesis of the bedbug too. Dr Richard Barnett (Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow and medical historian) and Kelley Swaine (Writer-in-Residence at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science) join James in the School's bizarrely fascinating Insectaries hidden beneath the streets of Bloomsbury to visit bedbug Colditz, where nothing's getting out...

MOSQUITO: WORLD MALARIA DAY SPECIAL PROGRAMME

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest Professor David Schellenberg (Professor of Malaria & International Health and director of the ACT Consortium), Professor Chris Whitty (Consultant Physician at the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development) and very special guest Victorian pioneer Sir Ronald Ross look at the global problem of malaria, past and present.

FLEA

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest Cheryl Whitehorn is the Senior Scientific Officer at the Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases. An insect-identication specialist extraordinaire, Cheryl Whitehorn is the Sherlock Holmes of the School. Cheryl's fascinating knowledge and enthusiasm for her subjects is as infectious as the diseases they can transmit, but thankfully a great deal more enjoyable. Rebecca makes some surprising discoveries about the Victorian flea circus. Dr Caroline Lynch meets Museum of London Senior Curator Beverley Cook to discover how the Victorian gentlewomen of the Ladies' Sanitary Association, with precisely no hands-on domestic experience of their own, set about tackling home hygiene and fleas in the slums.

SNAKE

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Guest Reporter and episode co-deviser: Gary Merry. Is Gary's fear of snakes (Ophidiophobia) inherited or learnt? He asks special guest Dr Val Curtis, behavioural scientist and Director of the Hygiene Centre at the LSHTM and regular contributor to TV and radio (C4's The Anatomy of Disgust, BBC Human Instincts, The Body Snatchers). Renowned expert in venom research Dr Robert Harrison (Senior Lecturer and Head of the Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit at The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) takes our ophidiophobic crash-test reporter into a riveting encounter with lethally venomous Puff Adders. Actor and director Sonia Ritter brings to life an ancient Palestinian folk tale.

TICK

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guests: Dr Toby Leslie (Research Fellow for the ACT Consortium) has been working in Kabul, Afghanistan, investigating the outbreak of tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) there and its impact on an already beleagured and war-torn population. He also discusses how radio is being used to communicate public health information in regions such as this. Features Patience Fominyen and Cameroon-based station Radio Health International. Rebecca meets one of the School's archivists, Emma Golding, to look at some of the medical and historical treasures in the School's collection. Guest writer Lucy Greeves gives a stunningly evocative reading from her memoirs of living in Kenya as the young daughter of missionary parents and reveals the trials faced by 19th century missionaries in Africa.

FLY

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guests: Dr Jennifer Palmer discusses Sleeping Sickness in the Sudan. It's all about the future: we meet some of the next generation of pioneers working with flies in all their varieties. Jennifer meets "Indiana Lindsay Jnr" Tom Lindsay about turning the simplest and most unglamorous of everyday objects into innovative field defences against disease transmission.

 

 




Series Devised & Presented by REBECCA TREMAIN
Producers REBECCA TREMAIN & ROB FALCONER
Series Editor ROB FALCONER
Script Consultants GARY MERRY & ROB FALCONER

Vetores da Doença theme composed by EMILY O'HARA
Performed by EMILY O'HARA & NICHOLAS D. BALL
Published by and © EMILY O'HARA

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