The Body Snatcher: Bodies of Medicine
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In 1827 William Burke and William Hare, both poor immigrants from Ireland, enter into a business partnership. When a lodger at Hare’s boarding house suddenly dies the pair meets Dr. Robert Knox, one of the world’s most sought-after anatomy professors. Knox needs cadavers to teach classes to future surgeons—just like anatomy professors today. Burke and Hare earn more money with one body than a year’s worth of wages. But now…they need more bodies.

Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink

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