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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Today we'll speak to three winners of this year's Lasker Awards about their groundbreaking work on leukemia. Then, Francine Prose talks about how Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most widely read -- and banned -- historical documents of the 20th century. Director Margot Benacerraf discusses why her celebrated film "Araya" has rarely been shown. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at the environmental problems posed by coal ash sites around the United States and at why placebos are becoming more effective.

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2009 Lasker Awards

Brian J. Druker, of Oregon Health & Science University, Nicholas B. Lydon, formerly of Novartis, and Charles L. Sawyers, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, recipients of the 2009 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for groundbreaking work on the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, talk about their research. The

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Anne Frank's Diary

Francine Prose discusses Anne Frank's diary, and argues that it is as much a deliberate work of art as a historical record and memoir. In Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife she examines the book's meaning and impact.

Events: Francine Prose will be reading and signing ...

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Araya

Margot Benacerraf discusses the restoration and distribution of her brilliant 1959 tone poem "Araya," in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film's first showing at the Cannes Film Festival. Rarely shown, the film was largely forgotten by the film world, but this year it is being released worldwide by ...

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Underreported: Coal Ash Sites

There are almost 600 coal ash sites throughout the United States. On today’s first Underreported, Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel for Earthjustice, explains why these toxic leftovers are so dangerous, how they’re disposed of, and what the Environmental Protection Agency proposes to do about coal ash ...

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Underreported: The Placebo Effect

"The placebo effect" has been known to scientists for a very long time. But for some reason, the placebo effect is getting stronger and researchers don’t know why. In fact, an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills in clinical trials. Steve Silberman, is a senior writer ...

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