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Pollution and Cancer in Toms River; Paul Anka; Elizabeth Graver's New Novel; Big Data Revolution

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Dan Fagin talks about how Toms River, New Jersey, was a dumping ground for cancer-causing industrial pollution for decades. Paul Anka looks back at his life and his career in music, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

Problems with Pollution and Cancer in Toms River, NJ

Dan Fagin tells how a small New Jersey town was ravaged by industrial pollution. When a cluster of childhood cancers was scientifically linked to air and water pollution in Toms River, it spurred a decades-long struggle that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements on toxic dumping. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation is about the residents' fight for justice and about the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer.

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Singer Songwriter Paul Anka

Former teen idol Paul Anka talks about his career in music and his new CD. His autobiography My Way recounts how he rocketed to fame with a slew of hits, including “Diana” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” and his time touring with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He was a charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as a string of pop hits. He shares stories of the business and the people in his life, from Elizabeth Taylor to Tom Jones to Michael Jackson.

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The End of the Point, a Novel by Elizabeth Graver

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

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The Big Data Revolution

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores big data and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our increasing ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate data—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable forms, and lead to breakthroughs.

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