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Thursday, November 15, 2007

In the fight against cancer, finding its causes are just as important as finding the cure. Epidemiologist Dr. Devra Davis explains why she thinks the war on cancer has been very misguided, and needs to change. Also: find out what scientists can learn from glowing jellyfish and fireflies. Jim Shepherd shares his new short story collection. And we hear about the life and tragic death of a Guatemalan human rights activist.

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Guests:

Dr. Devra Davis and Jim Shepherd

Secret History of the War on Cancer

In the fight against cancer, finding the causes are just as important as finding the cure. Epidemiologist Dr. Devra Davis says that the war on cancer has been misguided for too long…and that it’s been led by people with ties to industries that make cancer-causing products. Dr. Davis is director ...

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The Art of Political Murder

Bishop Juan Gerardi was a Guatemalan human rights leader who was killed after he published a report on Guatemala’s army-led genocidal campaign in the 1980s and 90s. Francisco Goldman’s account of what happened is The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

Event: Francisco Goldman will be speaking and ...

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Like You’d Understand, Anyway: Short Stories by Jim Shepherd

The stories in Jim Shepherd’s new collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, are set in locales as diverse as Chernobyl, 1840s Australia, and outer space.

Event: Jim Shepard will be reading with Amy Hempel and Susan Daitch, with a musical act by Elliot Sharp
Thursday, November 15 at 8 pm

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Underreported: Biofluorescence

Scientists have a lot to learn from fireflies and glowing jellyfish. On Underreported: a look at the science of biofluorescence, and how it could lead to revolutionary advances in brain research and even military technology. Vincent Pieribone and David Gruber are co-authors of the book Aglow in the Dark.

Aglow ...

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2007 National Book Awards

Follow the link to listen to their interviews with Leonard Lopate

Tim Weiner won the non-fiction prize for Legacy of Ashes

Sherman Alexie won the prize for young people’s literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He was a guest on the show ...

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