The Birdy Num Num Indian podcast is all about inspiring the creative Indian.With over 35M views online spanning a career in IT and Stand Up Comedy, Indian-American comedian Sanjay Manaktala is the epitome of "because life begins after engineering." A good chunk of his guests also live by this philosophy. Every Monday and Thursday Sanjay talks creativity, dating, technology, life, current events and general life advice from the perspective of a 30 something Indian American guy traveling the w ...
Manage episode 283210341 series 2550485
By UCL. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
During the end stage of the First World War, suspicions spread in the Allied countries that the germ behind the 1918-19 ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic was in fact some form of German bioweapon – possibly launched in a desperate attempt to gain strategic advantage as Germany was sliding towards its eventual defeat. These suspicions resonated strongly with members of the public trying to understand the pandemic. Sometimes. they were also thought to be plausible by civil and military authorities. A variety of threat images emerged, ranging from enemy submarines to aspirin tablets, bars of soap, squirrels and a miniature toy cat. These old conspiracy theories provide an interesting parallel to the current claims that COVID-19, too, is some sort of a bioweapon that escaped from a ‘Chinese lab’. Furthermore, the anti-German hysteria and germ scares of 1918 are comparable to today’s ‘corona racism’, and suspicions that objects such as 5G cell-towers might be spreading the virus. Date: 24 November 2020 Speakers: Dr Mart Kuldkepp, Associate Professor in Scandinavian History and Politics at UCL Free to attend, live stream or watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7vFbAmvRA&t=11s More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLMinds #MadeAtUCL