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In this episode, you will learn about "Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons".

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My guest for this episode is Kris Newby. Kris Newby is an award-winning science writer at Stanford University and the senior producer of the Lyme disease documentary, Under Our Skin, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a 2010 Oscar semifinalist. She has two degrees in engineering, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree from Stanford University. Previously, she was a technology writer for Apple and other Silicon Valley companies. She lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Key Takeaways

  • How did it feel to be a senior producer on "Under Our Skin"?
  • What did Willy Burgdorfer share in the early interviews for the film?
  • How did Willy discover the spirochete that other scientists had missed?
  • What were the goals of the biological weapons program?
  • Is Lyme disease the result of the bioweapons program or a natural occurrence?
  • What organisms were part of the cocktail that Willy was experimenting with?
  • What is the "Swiss Agent" and the role it may play in the Lyme disease epidemic?
  • What is the "Anthrax Hotel" and the "Eight Ball"? What happened to those that were part of the experiments at the "Eight Ball"?
  • What role do viruses and parasites play in Lyme disease?
  • Was Willy a good guy or a bad guy?
  • Did Willy's own death from Parkinson's disease potentially result from his own experiments?

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Interview Date

May 22, 2019


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