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Thinking Aloud
Going "Viral" in 18th Century Paris
It's hard to imagine, but information still found ways to go viral before the rise of the internet. Robert Darnton, professor and director of the Harvard Library, joins Marcus Smith to tell the tale of communication networks in Paris circa 1700, a tale which features a bit of seditious poetry, eavesdropping Parisian detectives, and comparisons to the NSA. —Original airdate: 3/20/2014

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