The American History Podcast

A Program Of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Overcoming An Outbreak

In this special bonus episode, Ed talks with David K. Randall, author of Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. David tells Ed about how Dr. Rupert Blue defied conventions to get an outbreak of the plague under control in San Francisco during the early 20th century. It’s a story that can offer us some important lessons as we wrestle with our own public health crisis today.  


Chainlink Melody by Podington Bear

Going Forward, Looking Back by Podington Bear

Winter Walk by Podington Bear

Massive by Podington Bear

Pounded Piano by Podington Bear

Light Touch by Podington Bear

Image: Screenshot of headline on page 5 of the Oroville Daily Register, Oroville, California, Wednesday, November 27, 1907. Source: