Episode 54: Welcome to Reality

This week we are taking a look at the classic legend of ‘The Pin Prick Attack’. We’ll also dive deep into the history of the AIDS epidemic in America, and examine the ways in which the cultural climate allowed urban legends to spread as quickly as the disease. From cautionary tales, to hero’s quest, to boogeymen; we’ll discuss the folklore of AIDS in the moments before science caught up with the monster. Join us this week as we remember those we’ve lost, the men and women who dedicated their lives to finding hope, and the stories that survived this moment of intense fear, real threat and unbelievable bravery in the face of impossible odds. In honor of World AIDS Day, we present ‘Welcome to Reality’.

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And The Band Played On – Randy Shilts

Elizabeth Glaser’s Speech from 1992 DNC

Beauty and the Plague – Howard Ashman’s Story – VICE

Who Was Ryan White? – HIV/AIDS Bureau

This New Research Rewrites the History of HIV in America – Vox

Gaetan Dugas and the ‘AIDS Mary’ Myth

Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson’s Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died

1,112 and Counting

Preserving History of HIV/AIDS Epidemic – Bobbi Campbell – UCSF Archives & Special Collections

A History of People With AIDS Self Empowerment – The Body

The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS

Magic Johnson – 20 Years After His HIV Announcement – Frontline

Mervyn Silverman – Former Director of San Francisco Public Health – The Age of AIDS – Frontline


Elizabeth’s Story – Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Princess Diana Charity Work

The Names Project – The AIDS Memorial Quilt

Margaret Heckler Interview – The Age of AIDS – Frontline

How Magic Johnson Fought the AIDS Epidemic – The New Yorker – Michael Specter

25 Years of the AIDS Candlelight Memorial Parallels History of AIDS Epidemic

Seattle Woman Stabs man With Syringe

HIV Positive Man Infects Sleeping Wife with Virus in Needle Attack  – The Telegraph

A Timeline of HIV/AIDS

The Applaing Saga of Patient Zero – Time

Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals – New York Times

The Denver Principles

HIV: Ufff…I Got a Needle Prick – International Journal of Preventitive Medicine

AIDS – words from the front – Spin

Patient Zero, and other myths about HIV/AIDS – Chicago Tribune

Researchers Clear ‘Patient Zero’ From AIDS Origin Story

Patient Zero: The Absence of a Patients View of the Early North American AIDS Epidemic By Richard McKay – Bulletin of the History of Medicine

HIV/AIDS Emerged as Early as 1880 – Nat Geo

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