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Asleep

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A century ago, a mysterious epidemic emerged. Patients could not move, yet they were fully aware of everything going on around them. This so-called "sleeping sickness" claimed over a million lives, then disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. On Friday, a look at the pandemic which doctors are still trying to understand.

Jennifer Napier-Pearce served as KUER's news director and a guest host of RadioWest. She is no longer with the station.