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Influence you having. I hope it's good reporting four. I'm Bonnie Pritchett. Today is Tuesday April twenty first. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm nick and I Mary Record Quick Reminder this week on the Alaska Interview podcast World Editor in chief. Marvin Alaska interviews political analyst. Tim Carney they talk about. Carney's book alienated America. And some of the factors that led to President Donald Trump's twenty sixteen victory and whether those factors are still in play for this year's election here now is George Grant with a corona virus edition of word. Play by play was a scourge that ravaged the world's population again and again from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The last wave of the epidemic swept through the city of London in the spring of sixteen sixty five with an estimated one hundred thousand fatalities once infected the chances of surviving. The plague were terrifyingly slim most people as Daniel defoe recorded were immediately and violently overwhelmed with it. The spread of the corona virus can hardly be compared with the much more deadly plague but reading the daily entries of Samuel peeps in his famous diary does afford fascinating parallels between then and now peeps was a member of parliament and chief secretary of the Admiralty under King Charles the second he gained renowned for his trenchant observations of everyday life in the seventeenth century. The first recorded plague deaths in London were in March but for weeks peeps was far more interested with the trade war. England was waging with her European neighbors but by a Pro. He wrote that all the news and his local coffee shop was of the plague in some of the remedies against it. Some saying one thing and some another as the contagion spread. The king and his court left the city for the safety of the countryside. As did most doctors lawyers and wealthy merchants parliament was suspended theaters and courts were closed. Sporting events were cancelled. Trade at home and abroad was suspended. The Council of Scotland closed its border with England and according to the Royal Archives People's lives and businesses suffered terribly because so many were shut in their homes peeps wrote Lord. How sad a to see the streets so empty. Apparently it was at this time that two now familiar terms. I came to be used by peeps and others. Epidemic and quarantine epidemic comes from the Greek Epi meaning upon and d-mass meaning people that meant literally prevalence among the people referring to any trend or fashion but during the plague peeps associated the word with the spread of infectious diseases. Likewise quarantine comes from the old French maritime term Koran meaning forty days peeps uses the word to describe a medical isolation of any kind or ration- bus. It was a Niilo gypsum with the connotation that we still use today. The contagion eventually ran. Its course London recovered robustly at least for a year then came the great fire which swept through the city destroying more than seventy thousand homes nearly one hundred churches including St Paul's Cathedral and most businesses. It was his account of the great fire that has made peeps diaries such classic but rereading his account of the plague the previous year. I'm reminded of it surprising relevance. I'm George Grant Tomorrow. Some states are rolling out plans to reopen some businesses. Obviously a big need that is not without risk and we'll talk about that on Washington Wednesday and we'll talk to one of our own about his experience with Kovic at nineteen that and more tomorrow..

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