Radiolab podcast and hookworm

By | April 13, 2010

The list of podcasts I download just increased by one. Last week’s edition of This American Life, really great podcast, had a story about how hookworms helped someone overcome allergies (Chris Blattman blogged it here). Since the story is taken from a Radiolab episode, I decided to try Radiolab out. Just finished listening to the current episode, on limits, and it is really good stuff.

Still on the topic of hookworms. My mother said that she never gave any of her children boiled water when we were growing up; just water straight from the tap. According to her, that is one of the reasons we have really strong immune system. None of us has ever had typhoid, for instance.  This would seem to support the hookworm guy’s claim. You can listen to the edition of This American Life here. In case you are wondering, I grew up in a small, Nigerian town.

Links on how to subscribe to Radiolab podcasts is here.

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