PODCAST PUTTING PANDEMICS AND SOCIETY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE — RECOMMENDED BY LEONID KELLER

PODCAST PUTTING PANDEMICS AND SOCIETY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE — RECOMMENDED BY LEONID KELLER

Did you know that frogs were used as an early form of pregnancy test? Or that mosquitoes played a part in the unification of Scotland and England? Well, we wouldn’t have known either if we hadn’t listened to Pandemia: Die Welt. Die Viren. Und Wir (“Pandemia: The World. Viruses. And Us”). During each episode of this exciting, passionate and humorous podcast, journalists Kai Kupferschmidt and Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt share pandemic-related insights with host Nicolas Semak, co-founder of Kreuzberg podcast label Viertausendhertz. The podcast launched at the beginning of the Covid pandemic and offers deep dives into the context and global impact of disease outbreaks. Instead of dryly reciting facts, the duo tell gripping, personal stories from both patients and scientists. The presenters’ empathy, knowledge and enthusiasm for the microscopic world of viruses and pathogens – whether it’s polio, HIV, fungal pathogens, worm parasites or phage therapy – have made the show a must in our studio. 


Text: Leonid Keller / Photos: Viertausendhertz, Ekaterina Bolovtsova & Abillion

Leonid Keller is the artist moniker of Julia Ossko and Eugen Schulz, who create installations and works on paper in their Kreuzberg studio. Their work questions familiar narratives and brings new perspectives on time- and culture-related contexts, values and identities.

Pandemia: Die Welt. Die Viren. Und Wir(“Pandemia: The World. Viruses. And Us”) is released every three weeks. You can listen to it on Viertausendhertz or wherever you get your podcasts.

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