Aug. 25, 2021

Stop Your Laughing: Minamata Disease

Stop Your Laughing: Minamata Disease

This week, we don our emotional bat dresses, there's an alligator in someone's pants, a corporation is totally upstanding, murderous sludge gets upcycled, fishermen storm a factory, a lot of people die, and we explore possible alternate timelines.

Content warnings: maltreatment of alligators, neurological symptoms in animals, eating eels, serious illness/possible death of five year old child, CNS disease, experimentation on cats, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant deformities, community shunning, invasive medical exam.

Episode 75 Mercury: The cost of progress
Johnny Depp Claims He Is Being Boycotted By Hollywood, Worries About ‘Minamata’ Release
Lessons learned from previous environmental health crises: Narratives of patients with
Minamata disease in TV documentaries as the main media outlet

Minamata disease
Minamata Disease
Mysterious chemical found in dead cat’s brain reopens debate over mercury poisoning disaster
Minamata disease compensation agreements of 1959
Something in the Water: Life after Mercury Poisoning
The Minamata Disaster and the Disease That Followed
The Minamata Disaster and the True Costs of Japanese Modernization