RN Presents brings you the best short feature and documentary series from the ABC’s Radio National network. The current series is Patient Zero — stories of disease outbreaks: where they begin, why they happen and how we found ourselves in the middle of a really big one.
05 | Patient Zero: Spillover In Suburbia
A sleepy suburb in Brisbane is the scene of a gruesome disease outbreak, where the streets literally run with blood.
04 | Patient Zero: How We Got Here
This is the big one. The history we’re living. From Melbourne to Munich, Lombardy to Wuhan and all the way back again: this episode is about what happened when we faced those first coronavirus cases. Where things went well, where they didn’t — and whether there’s anything we could have done to stop it.
03 | Patient Zero: The December Transplant
Three transplant patients die within a week of each other and alarm bells start ringing.
02 | Patient Zero: Basement Files
A junior doctor uncovers a mystery that rewrites the story of a famous epidemic — and we learn the troubling origins of 'patient zero' as a concept.
01 | Patient Zero: Something In The Water
Disease is spreading in the wake of a natural disaster on the Caribbean nation of Haiti — and everyone thinks they know where it's coming from… (Spoiler: They don't).
00 | Introducing... Patient Zero
Even big diseases start small.