Five Fever Tales: Five radio dramas on malaria

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A five x 15-minute series exploring our relationship with malaria, an ancient disease which continues to elude us while having profound consequences on our lives.

This series will challenge preconceptions about how such a disease occurs and persists, how the scientific response to malaria has been informed, and what good science requires of us.

Over centuries, malaria has been a cause of widespread mortality, economic collapse and military failure. Finding a cure for the disease or protection from it has enabled empires to grow, the Panama Canal to be built and fortunes to be made. Malaria has been blamed on water, air, evil spirits, internal imbalances. We know now what causes malaria but we are fast losing control of it again as the parasite adapts and resists.

This series will also challenge preconceptions about the “scientific” approach. It starts in prehistory and ends in the present, with each episode encapsulating the culture, beliefs and imperatives that defined the approach to malaria taken during that period.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputRadio broadcast
Size5 x 15 mins
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2014


  • malaria drama radio

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