Compared to historical pandemics like the Spanish flu and economic crises like the Great Depression, coronavirus isn’t apparently so bad. Neil and Georgina discuss a historian’s view of coronavirus versus other pandemics.

This week’s question
Where exactly did the Silk Roads run? Was it…

a) From South America to Europe

b) From Africa to Asia?

c) From Asia to Europe

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

the bigger picture
the long-term, overall view of a complex situation

causing death; extremely dangerous

having people living together in buildings close to one another

happening at the edge, not centre, of something

flight routes
air routes and connections followed by airplanes

(informal) something unpleasant to experience

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