disease http://kgou.org en World Views: October 25, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-october-25-2013 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss record levels of smog&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">that are forcing the closure of schools and businesses in Northeast China, and heavy-handed tactics by Russia toward its former Soviet neighbors.</span></p><p>University of Oklahoma historian <a href="http://cas.ou.edu/kyle-harper">Kyle Harper</a> joins the program to talk about how smallpox and the bubonic plague contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. His latest project focuses on t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he effects of disease and climate change on the history of civilization.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 15963 at http://kgou.org World Views: October 25, 2013 Germ Theory: How Disease And Climate Change Toppled The Roman Empire http://kgou.org/post/germ-theory-how-disease-and-climate-change-toppled-roman-empire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Oklahoma historian </span><a href="http://cas.ou.edu/kyle-harper" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kyle Harper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says there have been thousands of answers to what caused the fall of the Roman Empire. </span>Overexpansion<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, economics, and the rise of Christianity are all valid explanations, but he’s exploring the role of disease and climate change.</span></p><p>“When we look back at the Roman Empire now, we can see that changes in the Romans' environment, both the climate, but also the kind of species that live in and around humans, especially pathogens, play an enormous role in the collapse,” Harper says.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:18:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Matt Addison 15915 at http://kgou.org Germ Theory: How Disease And Climate Change Toppled The Roman Empire