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THE GILDED VECTORS OF DISEASE
Original Radio Episodes, Contributors and Special Guests

THE GILDED VECTORS OF DISEASE was originally broadcast as an eight-part weekly radio series on London's RESONANCE FM radio station and also on iTunes Radio in April and May 2012. In August 2012, Gilded Vectors episodes and the background to the series were on show to the public in the School's OPEN HOUSE EXHIBITION celebrating the Cultural Olympiad during the LONDON 2012 GAMES, along with some of the unique archive treasures featured in the series and much more on the School's work past and present. The continued popularity of audio content from the series on the School's website led to the release of over 140 mins of highlights being recut exclusively for the Double CD Collector's Edition in 2013.

Episode 3 Bedbug

"IT'S THE BED THAT'S MINE... I RIDE THE CURVES OF GREASE AND WAX LIKE A CALIFORNIA SURFER..."

A Bedbug in Manhattan by Kelley Swain, Episode 3

 

EPISODE 1 LOUSE 4 APRIL 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest: Professor of Public Health & Entomology Steve Lindsay. The louse and its impact on humans, its role in mayoral elections in Sweden, sex, trench warfare in WW1, Typhus and the arrival of the modern hospital system. Guest writer: USA writer Justin Hopper. Musician in residence: Emily O’Hara.

EPISODE 2 RAT 11 APRIL 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest: Dr Caroline Lynch (LSHTM epidemiologist). Modern myths and ancient truths about this elusive critter. Are we really never more than 50 yards from a rat in London? The Plague, Victorian slums, civil engineering & public health and a visit to the Nightlife Exhibit at ZSL London Zoo. Guests: Dr Jon Cuccui (Pathogen Molecular Biologist & plague expert) Beverley Cook (Senior Curator, Museum of London) Paul Sherreard (London Metropolitan Archives Interpretation Officer). Guest poet: George Stone. Musicians in residence: Emily O’Hara and Nicholas D. Ball.



EPISODE 3 BEDBUG 18 APRIL 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest: Dr James Logan (zoologist, entomologist and Lecturer in Medical Entomology). Guest Interviewer: Dr Richard Barnett (Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow and medical historian). Dr James Logan, from Embarrassing Bodies, Bang goes the Theory and The One Show, is spearheading a groundbreaking project on bedbug control. James took our guests on an itch-inducing tour of the School’s little-known Insectaries lurking beneath the streets of Bloomsbury to meet colonies of mosquitoes dating to the 1940s and the hotelier’s nightmare guests, bedbugs. Guest poet: USA poet Kelley Swain.

EPISODE 4 MOSQUITO 25 APRIL 7:30PM (BST)

World Malaria Day Special - Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest: Professor David Schellenberg (Professor of Malaria & International Health and director of the ACT Consortium, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Rob Falconer visited the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases to interview 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). Over a century after the discovery of this important vector of the biggest killer in human history, how close are we to a vaccine and where next for malaria? “Very special studio guest” Victorian malaria pioneer Sir Ronald Ross. A special edition made and broadcast on World Malaria Day. www.worldmalariaday.org. Radio drama segment writer & director: Gary Merry. This episode sponsored by The Malaria Centre at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

EPISODE 5 FLEA 2 MAY 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest: Cheryl Whitehorn (Senior Scientific Officer at the Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases). Insect identication specialist Cheryl Whitehorn is the Sherlock Holmes of the School and can tell you what that mystery little creature is – even where in the world you’ve brought it back from. Why was one species of flea in particular such a perfect host for one of history’s greatest pandemics? Cheryl and Rebecca explored Nature’s great Heath Robinson mechanical engineering miracle and its super-athletic powers, the world’s smallest Vaudeville artiste and life in the flea circus. Guest poet: Nicholas Alexander. Musician in residence: Emily O’Hara.

EPISODE 6 SNAKE 9 MAY 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Guest Reporter: Gary Merry. Special Guests: Dr Val Curtis, (anthropologist and Director of the Hygiene Centre at the LSHTM) David Lalloo (Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and venom specialist), Dr Robert Harrison (Senior Lecturer and Head of the Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit). Is the fear of snakes (Ophidiophobia) inherited or learnt? Our ophidiophobic crash-test reporter got uncomfortably up close and personal with Puff Adder in his quest to find out. Guest artist: actor and director Sonia Ritter.

EPISODE 7 TICK 16 MAY 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain Special Guests: Dr Toby Leslie (Research Fellow for the ACT Consortium, formerly based in Kabul, Afghanistan) Featuring: Patience Fominyen and the Cameroon-based Radio Health International. War offers vectors of disease the opportunity to regain their foothold. Dr Toby Leslie discussed the difficulties of public health information in war zones and how radio is being used to improve public health. Guest: Vincent Luttman (Resonance FM Radio) explored how music is used to share health education and awareness. LSHTM archivist Emma Golding brought the remarkable malaria research diaries of Victorian pioneer Sir Ronald Ross into the studio Guest writer: Lucy Greeves.

EPISODE 8 FLY 23 MAY 7:30PM (BST)

Presenter: Rebecca Tremain. Special Guest Interviewer Dr Jennifer Palmer had just gained her PhD at LSHTM, studying the Tsetse Fly and the impact of Sleeping Sickness in the Sudan. It’s all about the future: we met some of the next generation of pioneers working with flies in all their varieties. Jennifer met Cameron Richards (Natural History Museum) to find out how flies are being used in Forensic investigation and talked to "Indiana Lindsay Jnr" Tom Lindsay about turning the simplest and most unglamorous of everyday objects into innovative field defences against disease transmission. LSHTM archivist Frieda Midgely brought the treasured Geoffrey Carpenter journal into the studio to see how the original pioneers worked out in the field. (Natural History Museum/Tom Lindsay Segment producer: Thomas Taplin). Musicians in residence Emily O’Hara, Nicholas D. Ball and vocalist Patricia Hammond.

THE GILDED VECTORS OF DISEASE

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

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