The Infec­tious Texts project at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is making thou­sands of pre-​​Civil War news­pa­pers search­able. Bob talks with Ryan Cordell, a leader on the project, about the mech­a­nism behind text virality in the 1800’s and some of what’s been dis­cov­ered so far.

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