What's on This Week

03.29.2015
Is there any evidence that vaccines cause autism? Any at all? If the answer is no, then why is anti-vaccination on the rise? Autism. Jenny McCarthy. Measles at Disneyland. How did...
07.20.2014
(was 03.29.2015)
Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction.  This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals...

On Our Minds

Recent studies suggest that those of us who make it to “old age” might experience some of the best years of our lives. Scientists now believe that changes in the brain could...
Bill T. Jones
​ Choreographer Bill T. Jones is in danger of becoming an icon. In danger, he says, because “icons are there to gather dust and for somebody to come along and smash. No, no—I...
​ Monroeville, Alabama is famous for being the home of Harper Lee, who immortalized the town—and the racial inequities in its justice system—in her much-beloved novel To Kill...
​ Jackie Lyden’s decades-long career as a journalist took her to war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Northern Ireland. But for her latest project, she’s trying on a new hat,...
Flickr user Rocco339 In 2006, Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy launched a blog that attempted to cover every murder in Los Angeles. It was no small task—there were about...

The Least-Vaccinated School in Town

Charles Monroe-Kane was reading a local paper when something caught his eye. Marquette Elementary School, where one of his children goes, has a 13.8% non-vaccination rate. That rate is the highest for any public school in Madison, and is nearly three times higher than Wisconsin’s state average.

So why is the non-vaccination rate so high? He set out to meet the anti-vaxxers in his neighborhood to find out why.