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John Green reviews plague.

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Hello, and welcome to The Anthropocene Reviewed, a podcast where we review different facets of the human-centered planet on a five star scale. I'm John Green, and today I'll be reviewing historical outbreaks of bubonic and pneumonic plague, because, y'know. I want to keep it light and fun around here.

The other day, in the midst of a global disease pandemic, I called my pharmacy to refill my mirtazapine prescription. Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic antidepressant medication that is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, and in my case it is pretty mission-critical. 

So, anyway, I called my pharmacy only to learn that my pharmacy had closed. So then I called a different pharmacy, and a very sympathetic woman answered. When I explained the situation, she told me that everything would be fine, but they did need to call my doctor's office before refilling the prescription. She asked when I need to pick up the medication, and I answered, "Well, I guess in a perfect world I'd pick it up this afternoon?" And then there was a pause on the other end of the line, before finally, stifling a laugh, the woman said, "Well hun, this ain't a perfect world." And then she put me on hold while talking to the pharmacist, except she didn't really put me on hold, she just put the phone down. And I heard her say to her colleague, "He said, get this, he said in a perfect world he'd pick it up today."

Anyway, in the end I was able to pick up the prescription the following afternoon. And when I did so, the woman behind the counter pointed at me and said, "It's the perfect world guy!" And so here I am, the perfect world guy, 

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