Short Wave: How Infectious Disease Shaped American Bathroom Design

We’re all spending more time these days at home — including our bathrooms. But why do they look the way they do?

From toilets to toothbrush holders, bioethicist and journalist Elizabeth Yuko explains how infectious diseases like tuberculosis and influenza have shaped American bathroom design. And, we explore how the current pandemic could inspire a new wave of innovation in the bathroom.

Read Elizabeth’s original reporting here:

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.


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