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February 10, 2010

What's In A Name?


The American Psychiatric Association is considering a plan to do away with the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's would disappear and become one of a number of autism spectrum disorders. One psychologist said, "Asperger's means a lot of different things to different people, it's confusing and not terribly useful."  Nomi Kaim disagrees. She was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome a little over 5 years ago. She says the greatest gift of the term is that it gives her an identity, and helps her make sense of her life.

  • Read more about the proposed name change here 



Marc Tasman recently ended a 10-year project. He took a Polaroid picture of himself every day. An avid photographer, Marc decided to turn the lens on himself to study various things: identity, memory, narrative. Marc talks to Dick Gordon about the nuts and bolts of making sure he got his shot each day, and what it means when he looks back at the thousands of pictures.

  • Look at an animation of the images here
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