On Our Minds

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Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record this week in Berlin, clocking in at just under 2 hours and 3 minutes. That got us thinking about our interview...
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Saul Williams and Jennifer Boylan are among the 24 writers selected for Amtrak’s Residency program. Over the next year, they’ll set up shop on a long-distance train. Seems...
With the international community sending doctors and resources to help stop Ebola's spread across West Africa, we turn to medical historian Gregg Mitman to help us understand...
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In 2001, reporter Marja Mills met the celebrated and notoriously private author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee. The two struck up a friendship and, a few years after...
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The Bard of the Mississippi, William Faulkner, was born near Oxford, Mississippi on Sept.  25th, 1897. That got us thinking about "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto's...

What's on This Week

09.28.2014
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As artists and scientists dig deeper into touch and taste, sight, smell, and hearing, the limits of what we know - and what we can do with - our senses is changing.  This hour, we...
03.30.2014
(was 09.28.2014)
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Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from...

History, Memory and Ebola

 

What insights could the past offer into the current Ebola crisis in West Africa? Gregg Mitman believes a long history of Western biomedical research in the region is fueling suspicion of health professionals. He spoke with TTBOOK about a Harvard medical expedition in Liberia dating back to the early 20th century. Listen to the interview or click here to read highlights from the interview and hear the audio of the conversation.