How Pandemics Spread

In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. In this animation for TED-ED, I describe the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future outbreaks.


Going Viral: The Mother of All Pandemics

Part scientific detective story, part an inquiry into the culture of memory and forgetting, 'Going Viral' takes listeners to the scene of a viral crime and in the process recovers the experience of the world’s deadliest virus, the 1918-19 ‘Spanish influenza'. If the world were haunted by another devastating pandemic, how would we cope?


The Flu That Killed 50 million

In this hour-long BBC documentary, first broadcast in September 2018, I discuss the history and science of the biggest pandemic of modern times, the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic.