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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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On today's show: Nobel Prize-winning neurologist Stanley B. Prusiner talks about how he discovered prions, the infectious proteins in the brain that are responsible for scrapie and mad cow disease. Cartoonist Roz Chast describes her experience caring for her ailing parents. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, talks eating strategy at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn's outdoor summer food market. And we’ll find out why New York City has become a hub for the booming heroin trade.

How Stanley Prusiner Discovered Prions and Won a Nobel Prize

Prusiner tells the remarkable story of his discovery of prions—infectious proteins that replicate and cause disease but contain no genetic material—which cause mad cow disease and scrapie.

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Cartoonist Roz Chast on Caring for Her Ageing Parents

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Smorgasburg Smackdown

The summer food fest takes place Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Leonard Lopate and Sporkful host Dan Pashman each visited one and compare favorites and strategies.

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The Return of Heroin

It's readily available, it's purer than it's ever been, and it's easier to get than prescription painkillers. Behind the heroin surge in New York.

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