Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about technological innovation in Germany in the 19th century, idiosyncrasies of German culture, the history of cancer research, why German scientists were so successful, the career of Otto Warburg, and why the freedom of exploration and discovery matters.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the real and the exaggerated dangers of living in the US, the present discussion of gun violence and gun control, the necessity of holistic thinking, looking at history “from below”, biological differences out of the agricultural revolution, and the reality of rural America.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the origins and nature of vaccines, the U.S. government’s slow thinking leading to a narrow definition of health and its love of soft power, the lack of long term thinking in democratic systems, the differences between our government and late USSR government, and the case of Jacobson v Massachusetts concerning a mandatory Smallpox vaccination demonstrating that the Supreme Court will ultimately ‘side with the house’.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about memory vs nostalgia, the connections between homelessness, mental illness, the factors that lead to random violence and radicalization, good intentions gone awry, and societal problems addressed with more and more medication.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue the discussion of the history of medicine and plagues with a look at the Spanish Flue of 1918 and the San Fransisco Anti-Mask League, and look at the history of vaccination. In the second half of the show they catch up on listener questions.