What does HIV/AIDS teach us about COVID-19?

From Origin Of Everything. America’s last major epidemic was the HIV/AIDS crisis of 1980s and 1990s. In order to better understand our current circumstances, Danielle is looking back at the legacies of action and inaction surrounding HIV/AIDS and how the government’s response then informs our approach to COVID-19 now. Special thanks to our Historian Harry…

The Racist Origins of U.S. Law

From Origin Of Everything. Laws are intended to maintain order and promote justice, but what happens when those laws promote and spread discrimination and bigotry? Today Danielle analyzes the discriminatory history US law, tracing its origins in colonialism and chattel slavery up through the Jim Crow era and today’s mass incarceration. Special thanks to our…

Why Do We Say “Latino”?

From Origin Of Everything. The first thing to pop into your mind when you hear "Latino" is probably people from Latin America – places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean?…

Concentration Camps Are Older Than World War II

From Origin Of Everything. We’re all familiar with the haunting images of the concentration camps of World War II. But the history of those concentration camps extends back to the late 19th. century and the invention of barbed wire and automatic rifle. Today Danielle looks at the grim origin of concentration and internment camps and…

How We Discovered Germs

From Origin Of Everything. Humanity didn’t always know about the invisible viruses, bacteria, and microbes that can cause disease. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t come up with some truly bizarre ideas. From the four humors and miasma theory to bloodletting and trepanation (aka literally drilling holes in people’s heads), Danielle traces humanity’s winding road…

Economic Lessons from Past Pandemics

From Origin Of Everything. It’s a weird time to be alive. A pandemic is sweeping the world and life as we know it has gone through a seismic shift in a matter of weeks. But this isn’t the first time humans have encountered an epidemic. Today, Danielle (from the safety of her Chicago flat) looks…

What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Student? | Creators for Change

From Origin Of Everything. This project was made possible by the YouTube Creators for Change Program; for more information go to http://www.youtube.com/creatorsforchange Check out the film for the project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzOPah2JzJE&t=5s And you can see the rest of the Creators For Change videos in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzOPah2JzJE&list=PLjq6DwYksrzx5z2sk3oM4uwiTA377EW3V What does it mean to say someone is…

E-Cigarettes: Why is Everyone Vaping?

From Origin Of Everything. E-Cigarettes are everywhere. Vaping has become so ubiquitous that "vape" was Oxford Dictionaries word of the year in 2014. Today, Danielle looks at how and why vaping took off. She examines the early 20th century prototypes for electric vaporizers and smokeless, non-tobacco cigarettes. She also compares the marketing and debates surrounding…