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Hidden Killers Previous Broadcasts

Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home (Episode #104H)

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 28, 2018 -- 8:00 PM

Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home - a "modern" world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester - had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. In fact, no other war before or since has had such a profound effect on the technologies of our current life. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah discovers, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home.

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  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 -- 2:00 AM

New Hidden Killers: The Edwardian Home (Episode #103H)

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 21, 2018 -- 8:00 PM

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these "advances" frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death.

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  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 -- 2:00 AM

New Hidden Killers: The Victorian Home (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 -- 8:00 PM

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian's were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? And how did the Victorian woman turn herself into a walking fire hazard? The domestic horrors of home life in the 19th century and the terrible consequences are laid bare, revealing how the Victorian ideal of 'safe as houses' was far from the reality.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 15, 2018 -- 2:00 AM

Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 7, 2018 -- 8:00 PM

While the Victorian's confronted the challenges of ruling an Empire, perhaps the most dangerous environment they faced was in their own homes. Householders lapped up the latest products, gadgets and conveniences; but, in an era with no health and safety standards, they were unwittingly turning their homes into hazardous death traps. In a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 8, 2018 -- 2:00 AM
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