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  1. Criminal Episode 44: One Eyed Joe

    Not only was John Frankford a famous horse thief, he was also a notoriously good escape artist. People thought no jail was strong enough to keep him, but then in 1895 he was sentenced to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary. At Eastern State, Frankford became the victim of a strange practice that carried implications for both the state of Pennsylvania and the medical establishment we know it today. Reporter Elana Gordon from WHYY’s The Pulse has today’s story.

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  2. Siddhartha Mukherjee Talks Genetics With David Remnick

    If you could identify a piece of genetic code in a living embryo—one that could affect anything from gender and sexual orientation to a predisposition to mental illness—would you do anything to change that embryo’s development? Should you have the option? Siddhartha Mukherjee, the physician, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the new book “The Gene: An Intimate History,” spoke with David Remnick about his family’s personal history with mental illness, and about the moral and political implications of recent discoveries in the field of genetic science.

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  3. Transistor Episode 20: The Last of the Iron Lungs

    As storms raged through Oklahoma in 2013, Martha Lillard waited them out from inside her iron lung. She is one of just dozens of polio survivors who still rely on their decades-old machines.

    This episode was reported and produced by Julia Scott. It was hosted for this episode of Transistor by Genevieve Sponsler and mixed for Transistor by Erika Lantz.

    You can find more information at: transistor.prx.org/2015/07/the-las…the-iron-lungs/

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  4. Totally Cerebral: The Man Without a Memory

    Imagine that every time you met someone new, the moment they left the room you forgot you had ever spoken to them, and when they returned it was as if you had never seen them before. Imagine remembering your childhood, your parents, the history you learned in school, but never being able to form a new long term memory after the age of 27.

    Welcome to the life of the famous amnesic patient “HM”, who had experimental surgery to relieve his terrible epilepsy, and woke up with a profound memory impairment. Neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin studied HM for almost half a century, and considered him a friend, even though he could never remember how he knew her. Suzanne gives us a glimpse of what daily life was like for him, and his tremendous contribution to our understanding of how our memories work.

    http://transistor.prx.org/2015/02/episode-4-totally-cerebral-the-man-without-a-memory/

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  5. Science Fiction Becoming A Reality - SXSW Interactive 2015

    In the fictional TV/movie series Star Trek, Captain Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator, has his medical officers assess conditions through a handheld tricorder, and synthesizes food and physical goods using his replicator. This, of course, is science fiction, however, in some cases it is becoming science reality. Many of the technologies that we saw in Star Trek are actually beginning to materialize. Captain Kirk’s communicator could be seen as inspiration for today’s smartphones, 3D printing could be compared to Star Trek’s replicator, and most recently, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is challenging teams to develop a mobile device capable of giving consumers access to diagnostic tools that deliver meaningful information about their health status.

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  6. Brain Machine Interfaces

    Can reading the mind allow us to use thought control to move artificial limbs?

    Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, is one of the world’s leading researchers into using the mind to control machines. One of his aims is to build a suit that a quadriplegic person can wear and control so that he or she can kick a football at the opening of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His lab is working on ways of providing a sense of touch to these limbs so that the prosthetics feel more like a part of a person’s body and less like an artificial appendage. Geoff Watts visits Nicolelis’ laboratory to see just how near we are to achieving his aim on the football pitch.

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  7. BBC Discovery: Painful Medicine

    Addictions researcher, Dr Sally Marlow, investigates fears that easy access to powerful painkillers could be creating a large, but hidden problem of addiction. Painkillers are widely available over the counter, and combinations containing codeine, which is addictive, can be purchased from pharmacists and on the internet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02c3zhs

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  8. BBC Forum: Counterfeiting

    How do you spot a forgery in the art market? How can you tell if a medicine is a useless or even harmful fake which might make your illness even worse? Bridget Kendall is joined by Ghanaian anti-counterfeiting entrepreneur Bright Simons; art auctioneer and author of Breakfast at Sotheby’s – An A-Z of the Art World Philip Hook; and art historian Winnie Wong whose new book Van Gogh on Demand takes us on a trip to China, to a village where every year millions of copies of well-known oil paintings are churned out to be distributed for sale in around the world.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wgcfs

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