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Contact Tracing | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 5

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Find out why contact tracing is such a crucial part of controlling outbreaks of infectious disease. Tracing back to patient zero during the West African Ebola outbreak shed light on Ebola's zoonotic origins and rapid spread. Contact tracing revealed that one initial "spillover" event—contact between a Guinean child and a bat in 2015—resulted in the largest Ebola outbreak the world had ever seen.

Dodging Bullets | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 8

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The highly contagious and pandemic nature of Ebola was exposed in 2014, when an infected US diplomat flew from Liberia to Nigeria, exposing dozens of passerby and doctors along the way. Contact tracing and quarantine can contain an outbreak, but not before lives are lost in the course of getting these procedures in place. An army of contact tracers in Lagos sprung into action and prevented the outbreak from becoming a global catastophe.

Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond | Full Program

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Over the last few decades, diseases that spill over from animals to humans have been on the rise. Learn what's behind the increase, and what we can do to fight these dangerous diseases. Join scientists as they investigate the rise of spillover viruses like Zika, Ebola, and Nipah, and see what scientists are doing to anticipate and prevent epidemics around the world.

Ebola Invades | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 2

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Learn about Ebola, a virus was first recognized in Zaire in 1976, transmitted by person-to-person contact and causing isolated outbreaks. An unexpected and large outbreak occurred in 2014 in West Africa, a region that had not experienced the disease before.

Introduction to an Epidemic | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 1

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Learn about Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that hit Brazil in 2015. Over the last few decades, diseases that spill over from animals to humans have been on the rise. Soon after the onset of Zika, epidemiologists noticed an uptick in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a severe birth defect affecting the head. Were the two related? See how epidemiologists studied the unfolding outbreak to determine Zika's origins, and also to determine if the virus was responsible for the babies born with microcephaly.

Justina Ford | Colorado Experience

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Growing up in Illinois, Justina Ford was inspired to become a doctor while accompanying her mother, a nurse, on her neighborhood rounds. She attended Hering Medical College, and, along with her husband, the Rev. Dr. John Elijah Ford, moved to Denver in 1902. Due to her race and gender, she was initially denied a medical license in Colorado, and refused entrance into major medical societies. Dr. Ford worked out of a private of practice in Denver’s Five-Points neighborhood and treated mainly minorities who were not allowed in Denver hospitals at the time. Over the course of her career, she delivered over 7,000 babies.

Q&A | The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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In early 2006, 12-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger’s syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps. Their one-of-a-kind conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son.

The Crisis Divides Rural Communities (14) | Farm Crisis

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Rural communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders. This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

John and Joe | The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.

Clean Streets | The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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Sanitation workers Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves worked together for nearly ten years on the same garbage route in Manhattan’s West Village and became fixtures in the community. After 31 years on the job, Angelo retired. At StoryCorps, he talked with Eddie about the unexpected lessons he learned along the way and what he still misses about the job.

My Love, Don't Cross That River | Lesson Plan Clips

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Jin Mo-young’s film My Love, Don't Cross that River documents the final years of a South Korean couple, 89-year-old Kang Gye-Yeol and 98-year-old Jo Byeong-Man, who have been married for 76 years. The film, which follows the couple over 15 months, explores the complex and often challenging experience of growing old and facing death. 

Through Kang Gye-Yeol and Jo Byeong-Man’s story, students will compare traditions, beliefs and rituals across cultures and generations and reflect on their own attitudes toward aging and death.

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