Episode 35: Snake Oil

The year is 1893, and you’re living in a small settlement in the New Mexico territory . Health care in your town is not the best. There seems to be no solution in sight outside of an early grave. But then something changes...a wagon comes to town, and with it, a traveling troupe of entertainers singing the virtues of oils, liniments, and balms that they say can cure what ails. Do you believe them? And what exactly is in the miracle elixirs that they call “patent medicine?”