Health

Smoking Bans

January 10, 2006

Many states and communities around the country have enacted or are considering enacting bans on smoking in public. A look at trends in anti-smoking campaigns.

Infections and Chronic Disease

January 4, 2006

Two scientists discuss recent research on possible links between microorganisms and some types heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses

Marc Shell: "Polio and its Aftermath" (Harvard U. Press) (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2005

Fifty years ago, Jonas Salk announced a vaccine against polio. But the disease remains far from conquered. A survivor of childhood polio examines the impact of polio on our culture and what it still can teach us.

Ruth Reichl: "Garlic and Sapphires" (The Penguin Press) (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2005

A former New York Times restaurant critic tells about wearing disguises to the fanciest Manhattan eateries in an attempt to remain anonymous in America's highest-profile restaurant reviewing job.

Robert Parker: "The World's Greatest Wine Estate" (Simon & Shuster)

December 16, 2005

A renowned wine critic provides a tour of the greatest wineries around the world. He explains what makes a wine great and offers insider tips for ordinary wine-lovers who want to get their hands on extraordinary bottles.

Greg Critser: "Generation Rx" (Houghton Mifflin)

November 28, 2005

A journalist explores how Americans have become the largest consumers of pharmaceuticals in the world and how pills are transforming our bodies and culture.

Dr. LaSalle Leffall: "No Boundaries" (Howard)

November 18, 2005

Surgeon, oncologist, professor, and medical spokesman Lasalle Leffall believes "When you give people hope... you grant them one of the greatest of all human joys: the joy of anticipation." He joins Diane to talk about his new...

Diane Ackerman: "An Alchemy of Mind" (Scribner)

November 11, 2005

The author, a poet and naturalist, paints a lush landscape of the brain at work.

Andrew Weil: "Healthy Aging" (Knopf)

November 1, 2005

Alternative health guru Dr. Andrew Weil offers a prescription for how to age gracefully. He explains how the body ages and gives practical advice to help you achieve and maintain the best health throughout the lifelong process of aging.

Judith Viorst: "I'm Too Young to be Seventy" (Free Press)

October 12, 2005

The best-selling author takes a poetic and humorous look at the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian.

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