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Friday, October 19, 2012

Barbara Ireland, creator of the “36 Hours” column in the New York Times, and editor Nina Wiener on The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada. This week's Please Explain is all about the fungal meningitis outbreak and compounding pharmacies.

36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada

Barbara Ireland, creator of the “36 Hours” column in the New York Times, and editor Nina Wiener talk about the new book The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada. The Times has been offering itineraries in its popular weekly "36 Hours" column since 2002, and this book is a compilation of where to go, what to see, and where to stay in hundreds of cities and destinations, always with an eye to getting the most out of a short trip.

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Please Explain: Fungal Meningitis and Compounding Pharmacies

This week’s Please Explain looks at the outbreak of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid shots. We’ll find out how epidemiologists trace outbreaks like this to their origins and what compounding pharmacies are and how they work. Dr. Emil Hiesiger, clinical associate professor of neurology, NYU  School of Medicine, and Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University and president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, explain.

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Video: Questions for David Mitchell

The author of Cloud Atlas (and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, among others) talked about his favorite words and a few of his favorite authors.

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