17-51 Segment 1: Staying Calm in Stressful Times

 

Meditation and mindfulness could be in even more demand as civility declines and stress increases. An expert explains how it works.

Guest:

  • Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and founder and director, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-author, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Medication Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

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16-49 Segment 1: How Income Affects Life Expectancy

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Average life expectancy in the US is increasing, but among lower income people it is not, and the lifespan gap between rich and poor is increasing. Even middle class people have shorter lifespans than the rich. Experts discuss how a large income buys extra years of life, and why a lower income produces barriers to a longer life.

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16-03 Segment 1: Gene Editing

 

Synopsis: Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eventually eliminate some inherited diseases. If the technology is used on embryos or egg and sperm cells, it could eliminate some diseases from succeeding generations. However, doctors don’t know how such “germline editing” or errors in execution of it would affect other genes for generations to come, calling the practice into question.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Debra Mathews, Assistant Director for Science Programs, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, Law and Medical Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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