Matt Redinbo and Bret Wallace are celebrating the publication of their research article in the latest edition of the journal Science. The two were a part of a team that’s been working for a long time on ways to alleviate the difficult side effects of a common cancer drug called CPT-11. Also: a post-flood check-in with Roody Joseph, a missionary in Haiti. And: California mapmaker Frank Neilsen.
Abuses at nursing homes made the news several times this summer. Joyce Molino has seen those abuses herself. She worked at a nursing home for the mentally ill in Chicago. Shortly after she started, she saw roaches in the hallway and residents being beaten. The breaking point for her came when a female patient was raped. Joyce talks with host Dick Gordon about what happened after she blew the whistle. Also in this episode: from home appraiser to truck driver.
President Obama recently relaxed federal rules about stem cell research in the U.S. But for many years, Americans wanting to try experimental embryonic stem cell treatment have been traveling abroad. Rusty Leech was in an accident in 1998 that left him paralyzed from the middle of his back down. Since November 2007, Rusty has been to India three times for embryonic stem cell treatment. Also in this episode: Michigan's first gentleman.
Over the years many medical professionals have wondered whether Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is actually a real disease. But now things have changed. The Center for Disease Control announced in 2006 that the condition isn't "merely" psychological, that it's real. It's also launched a $4.5-million public awareness campaign. We'll hear from a patient and a clynical psychologist.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.
Lesley Bevan left her home in Chicago to live as an exchange student in the Netherlands. Lesley was very excited about this journey. But she became bored and lonely. Then one day she met an elderly man who showed her some sights in a nearby town. Pierre Pyttee became a surrogate grandpa. Years later, Lesley had a chance to repay Pierre's kindness.
As the final Space Shuttle retires, engineer Vance Gloster remembers the first shuttle landing in 1981. Next to the astronauts, he may have had the best view - from the "radar hill" at Edwards Air Force Base. Vance was there monitoring the tracking system he designed and built. Vance talks with guest host Sean Cole about his part in the first space shuttle landing.
And now, achieving flight while still on earth. We listen in to a father, Jon Carroll, and his daughter, trapeze artist Shana Carroll. She is part of that small group of people who knows what it feels like to fly. Produced by Jay Allison, a staff member at Transom.org.