Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Become a sustaining member and you could win a trip to Barbados!

3.31.15: The Science Of Hedonism & Burying The Dead During An Epidemic

Russell Darling via flickr Creative Commons

Human beings spend a lot of time satisfying primal urges, but relatively little talking about or studying them. On today’s show, what we can learn by studying hedonism.

Then, at the height of the Ebola epidemic last fall, the hardest hit areas in West Africa not only struggled with containing the virus, but respectfully burying the dead. We’ll take a look at how funeral rites were handled during history’s worst epidemics.

Listen to the full show or click read more for individual segments.

Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

Burials During Epidemics

Burials During Epidemics

Call Your Mom

  • Death is a family affair – especially when it’s also the family business. Producers Phoebe JudgeEric MennelLauren Spohrer, from the podcast Criminal, bring us this story about an unusual mother-daughter relationship.
  • You can listen to this story again at

Related Content

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.