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Episode 239: Joshua Freeman

Until the 1920’s, a diagnosis of diabetes was a death sentence. The invention of insulin changed that, and – not incidentally – saved his life. It also made him value the social stability needed to produce it. A conversation with this professor of history at Queens College, author of Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World.

  • Person: Margaret Bourke-White
  • Place: Queens College Clock Tower
  • Thing: a bottle of insulin
  • Randy’s Thing: a Frederick Douglass statue

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