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The Leonard Lopate Show

Talking Trash; "Punk: Chaos to Couture"; "Love's Labour's Lost"; Please Explain

Friday, August 09, 2013

New York City generates an average of 11,000 tons of household trash each day, and on today’s show an anthropologist and three sanitation workers explain how the Dept. of Sanitation handles all of that waste. Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, talks about the exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Rachel Dratch and composer Michael Friedman tell us about Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is about in vitro fertilization.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: In Vitro Fertilization

Friday, August 09, 2013

Ten to 15% of couples experience infertility, and assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization can help couples conceive. We’re finding out how IVF works and what new ways are being developed to reduce the incidence of debilitating and life-threatening mitochondrial diseases. Joining us: Dr. Mark Sauer, chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and program director for the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Michio Hirano, chief of the neuromuscular disease division and co-director of the Adult Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at Columbia University Medical Center. 

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The Controversies That Still Lie Behind In-Vitro Fertilization?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Robert Edwards yesterday, who developed in vitro fertilization in the 1970. Controversial from its introduction, the practice was initially condemned by the Catholic Church. Today, while many of the original ethical issues have abated, new ones have arisen over questions about the in vitro industry's lack of regulation and the continuing debate surrounding stem cell research.

Glenn Cohen, co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center, and assistant professof or law at Harvard University, believes the number one controversy today is the safety methods surrounding the practice. 

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Examining the Ethics Behind the Test Tube Baby Phenomenon

Monday, October 04, 2010

This year's Nobel Prize for Medicine has gone to Dr. Robert G. Edwards, an English biologist who co-developed in vitro fertilization, the revolutionary process that has allowed millions of infertile couples to have babies. It's been thirty-one years since the first test tube baby was born. We take a look at how the world has changed since then with Robin Marantz Henig, author of "Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution."

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