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Friday, June 18, 2010

We kick off a five-part series on HIV-AIDS with Dr. Robert Gallo and Dr. Jay Levy, who explain how the virus was discovered, how it works in the body, and where the latest research into a cure stands. Then, award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon gives a surprising portrayal of one of America's most significant literary figures: Emily Dickinson. And Agnes Jaoui discusses her latest film, “Let It Rain.” Plus, we’re all charged up about latest Please Explain segment—it’s all about batteries!

25+ Years of HIV/AIDS Research

In the last quarter century, research into HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—has come a long way, but not far enough. Dr. Jay A. Levy, Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Robert C. Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discuss the historical scientific breakthroughs, what the latest research is finding, and how far we have to go before a vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS is developed.

 

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Emily Dickinson’s Family’s Feuds

Lyndall Gordon reveals a new side of Emily Dickinson, one of America's most significant literary figures.

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Agnes Joui’s “Let It Rain”

Agnes Jaoui discusses her latest film, “Let It Rain,” which she wrote, directed, and stars in.

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Please Explain: Batteries

Batteries help power our world. They’re in everything from watches to iPods to smoke detectors to electric cars. On today’s edition of Please Explain, we’ll find out what they’re made of and how they work. We're joined by Jeremy P. Meyers, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; and M. Stanley Whittingham, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and Director, Institute for Materials Research, SUNY at Binghamton.

JEREMY P. MEYERS
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science & Engineering
University of Texas at AustinJ

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