The Brian Lehrer Show

The UK is Ready for Three-Parent Babies

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What about the U.S.? After a vote yesterday to legalize the reproductive technology in the UK, we talk about the science and ethical concerns over three-parent babies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fathers and Sons and Medical Ethics

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A look at how different generations approach tough medical decisions. Barron Lerner, bioethicist, historian of medicine and internist at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine and the author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics (Beacon Press, 2014), talks about how he and his father, both physicians, approach end-of-life issues with their patients.

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New Tech City

Genspace Brings DIY Biolab to Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At the Genspace community biolab in Downtown Brooklyn, citizen scientists are coming together to explore the basics of biology — and maybe discover something that will transform our lives.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Snowe; Centrists Unite; Ask a Bioethicist

Friday, August 02, 2013

Former US Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine, talks about the nature of compromise and progress in Washington politics and what changes she thinks would encourage bipartisanship. Then, author Charlie Wheelan continues the conversation about political common ground with his Centrist Manifesto. Plus: a full hour of Ask a Bioethicist on thorny biomedical questions of our day; and the unlikely influences on our behavior, including certain shades of color.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Cloning for Embryonic Stem Cells

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arthur Caplan, professor and the director of the division of medical ethics at the NYU School of Medicine, discusses the news that scientists have successfully used cloning to produce human embryonic stem cells--and discusses the ethical issues it raises.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Human Genome Project: Ten Years Later

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 14th marked the tenth anniversary of the first complete mapping of the human genome. Dr. Robert Klitzman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University and author of Am I My Genes?, talks about how human genome sequencing has changed medicine and bioethics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Blame It On The Brain

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Continuing a weekly series where we tackle thorny bioethical issues, Nita Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy and Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, discusses today's topic: Blame it on the brain.

If something about your brain causes you to behave badly, is it really your fault? Should we judge a person less harshly if they're neurologically predisposed to lie, cheat, steal, or become addicted? What do you think? Comment here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Alimony Reform; Nocera on Guns; Food and Family; Ask a Bioethicist

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As New Jersey legislators weigh an end to permanent spousal support, Laura Morgan of Family Law Consulting explains the role of alimony in modern divorce -- and takes your calls on whether or not it's time for reform. Plus: Joe Nocera on Mayor Bloomberg's new ad campaign pushing for gun control; March's "Ask a Bioethicist" series concludes with a look at neuroscience and bad behavior; and a new book of essays explores the connection between food and family.

The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Oversight Plan; Education in NJ; Veterans for Hire

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A proposal in the New York City Council would create an Inspector General to oversee New York Police Department action. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, architects of the bill, talk about the oversight proposal and what chance it has of becoming law. Plus: Nancy Solomon of NJPR and John Mooney of discuss highlights from Brian’s education panel discussion in New Jersey; an update on gun control measures in Senate; the “Ask a Bioethicist” series continues with a look at neuro-enhancement; and a discussion for veterans on how to nail a civilian interview and use skills to your advantage.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Limits on Neuroenhancement

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Continuing a weekly series where we tackle thorny bioethical issues, Nita Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy and Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, discusses the limits of neuroenhancement.

This complete interview originally aired live on March 21, 2013 as part of a month-long series. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special hour of Ask a Bioethicist in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Marina Abramović; Kimani Gray Fallout; Valle Verdict

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Performance artist Marina Abramović discusses her new project blending art and neuroscience called "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." During the interview, both her and Brian's brain waves will be recorded and explored in real-time. Plus: Council Member Jumaane Williams on the vigil in response to the shooting of Kimani Gray; what the Gilberto Valle trial tells us about "thought crime;" and bioethicist Nita Farahany continues a series on medical ethics.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Reproductive Technology

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany, tackles some of the thorniest bioethical conundrums of our day all month on the Brian Lehrer Show. Today's topic: Reproductive technology. Should parents be able to choose the sex of their baby? Should there be age limitations on people who undergo in vitro fertilization?

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The Takeaway

Bioethical Questions Raised by 'Cyclops Baby'

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yesterday we heard the story of the 'cyclops baby,' a child born badly disfigured and doomed to die. We put some of the questions it raises to Art Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. 

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The Takeaway

The Case of the 'Cyclops Child'

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Doctor Fredric Neuman is now the director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital. But when he was a medical intern, he saw something no one should ever have to see.

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The Takeaway

The Bioethics of Denying Patients Organ Transplants

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Three-year-old Amelia Rivera has a rare genetic disease called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. She suffers from mental impairment, epileptic-like seizures, and she can't walk or talk. Besides her illness she's in desperate need of a kidney transplant to live to see her fourth birthday. But the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Amelia is treated, told Amelia’s family that they would not perform a transplant even if a family member donates a kidney. The reason, according to her mother's blog, is because she is “mentally retarded.”

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The Takeaway

White House Weighs Testing Anthrax Vaccine on Children

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A working group of The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) has endorsed a plan to test anthrax vaccines on healthy children. The NBSB, which advises the federal government, says scientist should inject healthy children with BioThrax, the anthrax vaccine, to see if it is as effective on children as it is in adults. The Obama administration is now weighing the controversial step of subjecting children to possibly risky medical testing against waiting for an attack to happen and collecting data afterwards.

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The Takeaway

US Apologizes for 1940s Guatemala Syphilis Experiments

Monday, October 04, 2010

U.S. officials have apologized for shockingly immoral experiments done on hundreds of Guatemalans in the 1940s, in an effort to test the effectiveness of penicillin in treating syphilis.

From 1946 to 1948, American public health doctors deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalan prison inmates, mental patients and soldiers, as part of the experiment.  In some instances, syphilis-infected prostitutes were paid to sleep with prisoners, as part of the testing.


On Being

Laurie Zoloth — A Theological Perspective on Cloning [remix]

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The idea of human cloning both fascinates and repulses many, and challenges us to ask difficult religious questions?