Friday, November 07, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Find out how they can spread disease and how your breath helps mosquitoes find their way to your skin (and their next meal).
Friday, June 13, 2014
New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes shares his tips for giving and getting advice. Then, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater discuss starring in “Much Ado About Nothing,” this year’s first Shakespeare in the Park production. Jan Maxwell and playwright Tony Giardina talk about “The City of Conversation,” about a political hostess in the waning days of the Carter Administration. And this week’s Please Explain is all about mosquitos!
Friday, May 30, 2014
"Poorly controlled allergies have a negative impact on your love life,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett. And climate change is making it worse.
Friday, May 02, 2014
On this week's Please Explain we'll find out how the human eye works and how it enables us to see the world around us. Dr. George A. Cioffi, Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, tells us how to keep our eyes healthy; why our vision changes; and how problems like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration affect our vision.
Friday, March 28, 2014
More than 40 million Americans have arthritis, and it's the leading cause of disability for people who are 65 and older. Almost everyone over 70 has some form of arthritis, but it can affect much younger people too. Dr. Clark Smith, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, explains what causes arthritis and how to treat it.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, and is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, side effects of chemotherapy, as well as pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Igor Grant, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the UC Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, tells us about his research into the possible utility of cannabis compounds in the amelioration of certain severe manifestations of disease. And Jim Rendon, author of Supercharged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, talks about the changing attitudes toward marijuana and how the increasing acceptance of medical marijuana is changing the legal and commercial landscape.
Friday, March 14, 2014
On today’s show: Melissa Clark shares tips on spring cleaning your kitchen -- and what pantry supplies should be replaced as the weather warms up. Director Matt Wolf talks about his documentary, “Teenage,” and how the idea of being a teenager is more recent than you’d think! Lorrie Moore discusses Bark, her first collection of short stories in 15 years. And this week’s Please Explain is all about glaciers!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Fortune magazine’s Richard Martin explains why the American coal industry isn’t going down without a fight. Then, Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout’s revival of his play, “Dinner with Friends,” with Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos who star in the production. Helen Oyeyemi discusses her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird. Set in 1953, it tells the story of a woman named Boy who moves to a small town in Massachusetts in search of beauty—and finds something much more complicated. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about why sitting—on our couches, on the subway, at our desks, in our cars—can be so bad for us over the long term.
Friday, February 21, 2014
A recent long-term study questioning the benefits of annual mammograms for older women. This week’s Please Explain is about breast cancer. Dr. Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, describes how the disease is detected and the ways it can be treated.