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1918 Influenza Emergency Hospital in Kansas
Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, in the midst of the influenza epidemic (circa 1918)

We are living through a historic moment.  In this episode, host Aaron Jones talks with Dorothy Crawford, author of Deadly Companions: How Microbes Have Shaped Our History. Crawford's excellent book provides historical context on how pandemics shape human actions and civilization, and predicts the very pandemic we are living through today—including that it would be a coronavirus related to the SARS outbreak in the 2000s.


Aaron C. Jones

Aaron C. Jones

Director of Congressional Relations
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Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.  Read more