In the 90a, Dr. William Boden was concerned there wasn't enough data to show how effective stents actually were in the long term. So he conducted a trial, called Courage, that looked at patients with stable but chronic angina. The results were highly contentious, especially for interventional cardiologists like Rajiv Jauhar. Dr. Boden and Dr. Jauhar talk to Dick Gordon about treating chest pain with and without stents, and the challenges of practicing medicine in the enormously complicated U.S. health care system. Also in this episode, a check-in with Roody Joseph.
Back in the 70s, Wayne Goldman designed and built an electric car that he drove for years. It was perfect for city driving reaching a top speed of 45 mph. Consumers never got into it, and Wayne says that remains the problem today. Also on the show: running away and joining the circus.
Bart Walter used to identify himself as a biologist who loved carving wooden birds. Today, Bart is celebrated for his ability to create sculptures of wild animals right where he finds them, in the wild. Also in this episode: a brush with fame - a listener has a moment with the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall.
Mike Stachowiak knows the thrill of online gaming intimately. Mike spent three years during high school and college immersed in an online role playing game called EverQuest. When he quit, he was ranked the best player in the world.
It took nine years, but earlier this week the Cape Wind Project got the go-ahead. Pete Ferrell is a rancher in Kansas who fought and won a similar fight.Also in this episode, Mike Cianchette was a project operations manager at Stetson Mountain -- New England's largest wind farm.
Jean always loved math. But when she was a young woman in the 1940s, there weren't many job opportunities for female math majors. When she heard about a job crunching numbers for a military research project, she jumped at the chance. Jean went on to help program one of the world's first computers. Also on the show: an eco tinkerer goes off the grid.
Duane Chapman is a researcher with the US Geologic Survey exploring high tech ways to control the exploding Asian carp population. But he wasn't always working to contain the invasive species. Also in this episode, more than one fisherman has suggested a straightforward way of dealing with Asian Carp - eat them, all of them. Dan Collision and Elizabeth Meister are two journalists who went out on the Illinois River to look into that argument. Plus, Rachel Friedman's protest.