Curated byMichelle Krasovitski, Hark Contributor
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The First Person Afflicted with Dancing Plague

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Where did the Dancing Plague start and, perhaps more to the point, with whom? The host of Morbid Curiosity introduces us to the first victim: a Strasbourg woman whose uncontrollable dancing sparked the beginning of one of history’s most puzzling myst
The First Person Afflicted with Dancing Plague

The Morbid Curiosity Podcast

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What Was the Role of Dance in the Late Middle Ages?

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Dr. John Waller, Associate Professor of the History of Medicine, joins the hosts of Dan Snow’s History Hill to discuss the religious, political, and historical context of dance in Europe to better understand the anomaly of “Dancing Mania.”
What Was the Role of Dance in the Late Middle Ages?

Dan Snow's History Hit

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The Early Days of the Strasbourg Dancing Plague

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Disease ecologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke explain the gradual manic descent that afflicted the dancers of Strasbourg, describing the confusion-filled and panic-stricken early days.
The Early Days of the Strasbourg Dancing Plague

This Podcast Will Kill You

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Possible Causes of the Dancing Plague

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From spider bites to fungi, Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley introduce two theories that could explain the dancing plague. They also discuss the tarantism phenomenon, a similar mania that struck southern Italy in the 1500s.
Possible Causes of the Dancing Plague

Ungeniused

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Is Dancing Mania in the Brain?

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Hosts Ken Jennings and John Roderick propose another theory as to why the people of Strasbourg couldn’t stop dancing: a neurological infection that would cause the disordered to jerk and move in uncontrollable ways.
Is Dancing Mania in the Brain?

Omnibus

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Plague Psychology

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Peasant life in the late Middle ages, especially following the Black Death, was not easy. In this clip, Dr. John Waller and Dan Snow discuss the psychology behind the dancing mania, focusing on the curious effects that stress has on the human psyche.
Plague Psychology

Dan Snow's History Hit

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