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Toxins in Our Bodies; New Zealand Film Archive; the Armory Show at 100; Pioneering Cancer Research

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Industrial hygienist and chemist Monona Rossol discusses how wealthy we are affects which toxins are found in our bodies. Professor Scott Simmon talks about preserving films that were found in the New Zealand Film Archive. We’ll look at the Armory Show and how it’s shaped modern art for the last 100 years. And we’ll hear the remarkable story of how Esquire magazine brought together Stephanie Lee, who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and was later diagnosed with cancer, with Dr. Eric Shadt, a scientist working on pioneering cancer research.

Toxins in Our Bodies

Industrial hygienist and chemist Monona Rossol discusses a study showing that rich people and poor people have different toxic substances in their bodies. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia Is Making Lab Rats of Us All.

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American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive

Professor Scott Simmon talks about the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD set, Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive. The collection includes “Upstream” (1927), a charming backstage comedy feature directed by John Ford; “Won in the Cupboard” (1914), the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand; and “The White Shadow” (1924), the first surviving feature on which Alfred Hitchcock has a credited role, and other treats.

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"The Armory Show at 100"

Curator Marilyn Kushner and exhibition historian and catalog editor/contributor Casey Blake, talk about “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution,” on view at the New-York Historical Society through February 23, 2014. The exhibition celebrates the centennial year of the legendary 1913 Armory Show, one of the most important art events and a turning point in American art, and brings together 100 masterworks from the show, including iconic pieces by Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso and John Marin, and others.

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A New Way of Killing Cancer

We’ll find out about how four people became connected and how those connections have changed lives. Esquire executive editor Mark Warren and writer-at-large Tom Junod went to Mississippi and the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina, where they met a woman named Stephanie Lee, whose husband had been killed in Iraq two months earlier and who was 9 months pregnant when Katrina hit. Years later the magazine wrote about a scientist/mathematician named Dr. Eric Schadt. Then, when Stephanie Lee was diagnosed with colon cancer, Warren and Junod connected her with Dr. Schadt, who is now Chairman of the Mount Sinai Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. He accepted Stephanie into a study on developing a new, personalized means of killing cancers. Junod and Warren are authors of “There’s a Whole New Way of Killing Cancer: Stephanie Lee Is the Test Case” in Esquire.

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