#20 - The original anti-vaxxers | Curio

#20 - The original anti-vaxxers

26 mins | Aug 2, 2021

Today's episode from 3rd August 2021. First today: Did you know that anti-vaxxers have been ever present since the 18th Century? We look back at the past to see what it can teach us about the present. And later, we hear the inspiring story of a veteran journalist changing careers at 50 and ask whether it can help us make a similarly life-changing decisions. In September 1798 a self-published book with an outlandish premise was about to change the world. “An Inquiry into the Cowpox” would suggest a radical way of preventing smallpox... inoculating people with cowpox. This idea paved the way for modern day vaccines but, just like today, it had its non-believers. From The Economists' 1843 Magazine, Gareth Williams looks at its author Edward Jenner and how his zeal contributed to today’s culture wars. Lucy Kellaway spent 30 years as a Financial Times journalist before deciding to become a secondary school teacher. In this inspiring piece, she reflects on why her complete career change is one of the best decisions she has ever made in her life. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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