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ERIK VANCE:
Suggestible You – The Mind’s Power to Deceive & to Heal
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Award-winning science journalist Erik Vance explores the power of the brain to heal our bodies and color our lived experience in Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal. Throughout, he sheds light on the surprising ways that our expectations and beliefs can influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. … Read more »

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DAVID LIDA:
When “Bad Hombres” Cross the Border
Tuesday, October 08, 2019

As President of the United States, Donald Trump has waged a war of words against undocumented immigrants from the south, referring to them as “animals, criminals, and rapists.” Meanwhile, studies show the opposite to be the case, that they’re far less likely to commit crimes than native born citizens.

Still, not all of them are innocent. There are about fifty Mexicans on Death Row in the U.S., and another hundred are facing capital-murder charges that could lead to the death penalty. … Read more »

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ROB DUNN:
Unseen Life: In Us, On Us, and All Around Us
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn investigates microbes and their hosts in the places where we live. Our homes may be one of the most novel habitats on the planet, with diverse ecological niches—showerheads and toilets, doormats and pillows, freezers and stovetops, cats and dogs, cleaning products and bathtub rings—plus all manner of manmade materials and imported foodstuffs. We share our homes with hundreds of thousands of species, a large proportion of which are unnamed and previously unknown to science. … Read more »

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PAMELA RONALD:
The Future of Food
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Pamela Ronald, distinguished professor of Plant Pathology and Genetics at the University of California at Davis, knows that meeting the challenge of producing enough food to feed our growing population will take every trick in the book. Prof. Ronald investigates how food plants respond to environmental stresses, and develops strategies employing genetic techniques to help plants thrive. … Read more »

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MARYN MCKENNA:
Antibiotic Resistance – A Global Health Threat
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Award-winning investigative science journalist, Maryn McKenna, has taken a deep dive into the antibiotic crisis, and her findings are as chilling as they are illuminating. Her 2017 bestseller, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, traces chicken’s meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, and reveals the astounding role antibiotics have played in industrial farming. … Read more »

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HEDRICK SMITH:
Reforming Our Ailing Political System
Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, takes on some of the most vexing political issues of our times: economic inequality, dark money, voter rights, campaign financing and more. … Read more »

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PAT MITCHELL:
Becoming a Dangerous Woman
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pat Mitchell charts her path to power, from an early childhood on a cotton farm to the front lines of social, political, and cultural change, where she navigated the halls of power in Washington DC and Hollywood, traveled to war zones with Eve Ensler and Glenn Close, pressed Fidel Castro into making historic admissions about the Cold War, and formed powerful alliances with fellow media leaders like Ted Turner and Robert Redford. … Read more »

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