Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

R-L: Steven Johnson and David Olusoga

Credit: Courtesy of ©Nutopia

Discover the little-known story of the innovations in science and medicine that doubled the human lifespan in less than a century, andcelebrate the unsung heroes of public health who believed change was possible and acted on it.

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer examines the science and medical innovations that conquered some of the deadliest diseases and doubled life expectancies across the globe. Set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, this new four-part health documentary series explores lessons learned from previous global pandemics, including smallpox, cholera and the Spanish flu. Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer airs Tuesdays, May 11 through June 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Best-selling author Steven Johnson and historian and broadcaster David Olusoga guide you across 300 years of medical innovation, all while introducing today’s unsung heroes tackling COVID-19 and other public health threats. 

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