Gina Kolata: "The Ultimate Fitness" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

June 3, 2003

"New York Times" science writer Gina Kolata presents her new book, which describes the fads, fictions, and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness.

Maine Rx

May 22, 2003

In the state of Maine prescription drug discounts available to Medicaid participants may become available to other state residents. A panel joins guest host Steve Roberts to talk about the proposal and its implications for drug...

Medical Privacy

May 13, 2003

A panel talks about new federal protections for medical privacy that went into effect April 14: what changed, why some consumer advocates say more needs to be done, the new responsibilities of health care professionals, and what to expect...

Political and Economic Implications of the SARS Threat

April 22, 2003

After weeks of international pressure the Chinese government has fired two prominent officials for failing to address the threat posed by SARS. Some say the move signals a new political openness in that country. Elsewhere in the region...

SARS Update

April 17, 2003

Diane talks with health experts about the latest news on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS): what's being done in China, Canada and elsewhere to fight its spread, and what researchers are learning about the virus that causes the...

NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel

April 4, 2003

Diane's live broadcast from "National Geographic" continues with the new director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Insel talks with Diane about new research on the brain, behavior and health, with a look at...

Dr. Herbert Benson: "The Breakout Principle" (Scribner)

April 1, 2003

Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind/Body Medical Institute explains techniques for getting into "the Zone" - a state of calm, focus, and extraordinary performance.


March 31, 2003

Diane talks with a panel about the possible causes of a mysterious, contagious new lung infection, dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), that seems to have emerged in China and spread to at least 13 countries, including the U.S.


January 7, 2003

More than 60% of Americans are said to be overweight. A panel joins Diane to discuss obesity trends in this country and the effort on the part of some to blame the fast food industry.

Carol Shields: "Unless" (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2002

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Carol Shields' latest novel, Unless (Fourth Estate), was written after her diagnosis of terminal breast cancer. The author joins Diane to talk about her book and about facing a fatal disease.

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