Changing the World

« previous episode | next episode »

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dr. D. A. Henderson talks about leading the World Health Organization's efforts to eradicate smallpox. Four decades after the moon landing, we get an account of the Apollo 11 mission. Then, Malachy McCourt on the career and life of his brother Frank McCourt, who passed away this weekend. Plus, political scientist Seth Jones on the reinvigorated Afghan insurgency and the future of America's interests in central Asia.

RSVP to the Lopate Show’s Projections screening of "Baby Face" on July 21st in WNYC’s Greene Space here:

Smallpox: The Death of a Disease

Dr. D. A. Henderson tells his personal story of leading the World Health Organization's campaign to eradicate smallpox, which has been called one of the greatest scientific and humanitarian feats of the twentieth century. The disease that killed over two million people per year was eliminated in just over ten ...

Comments [2]

Rocket Men

Everyone old enough to remember can tell you where they were on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon. Craig Nelson gives an account of that first moon landing. Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon is the ...

Comments [5]

Malachy McCourt Remembers his Brother

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Frank McCourt passed away this weekend. Malachy McCourt joins us to talk about his older brother’s life and accomplishments.

Comments [6]

The Graveyard of Empires

RAND Corporation political scientist Seth Jones discusses the reinvigorated insurgency in Afghanistan and considers its threat to the country's future and American interests in the region. He revisits Afghan history with his book, In the Graveyard of Empires, specifically looking at the British invasions in the mid- and late-19th ...

Comments [3]

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.