Dan Marcotte raced his first stock car at age 16. Since then, he’s been passionate not just about racing, but about building his own car that can go super fast. He’s now built a "land speed car." And today, he heads out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see if his homemade car can break his personal record: 279.6 miles per hour. Also: a brush with fame, meeting Pete Seeger.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
When Jo Holt had a patient with a wound that required regular dressing at home, she thought to record photos and detailed voice instructions into his cell phone. Jo encountered some push back from her colleagues, but as she tells Dick Gordon, she believes fresh thinking and new technology can only benefit the health care industry. Also in this episode: Physician Assistant Lisa Shock put her house on the line and bought her own primary care practice.
Over the last 5 years, the state of Texas has proven 12 people innocent by DNA testing. This month, James Waller officially became part of that group when he was exonerated of raping a child in 1982. Also in this episode: a new documentary about the musician John Coltrane.
A few years ago in Panama, people were getting sick and dying and no one knew why. Doctors at one hospital only knew that 21 patients came in with similar symptoms, and 19 of those patients died. So the Panamanian government asked for help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Danielle Rentz is an epidemiologist with the CDC who was assigned to work on the Panama case.
Clark Wang is a psychiatrist who, like most of us, didn't think much about death. When he did, he always figured he'd be buried next to his mother in Michigan. Then Clark found out he might be dying. Now he's become an advocate for a growing movement in the United States called green or natural burial. Instead of an expensive metal casket sealed in a vault to keep hazardous fluids from leaching into the ground - or cremation which spews contaminated dust residue into the air, Clark is opting for a biodegradable coffin made from salvaged wood. He'll be buried in a natural wooded area newly set aside as a memorial garden by a traditional cemetery. Also: a reluctant landlord. And, running barefoot.
Shahram Ahari believes that the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and doctors can compromise the health of patients. Shahram knows what he's talking about: he was a drug rep with Eli Lilly, where he learned how to entice doctors with gifts, slanted statistics, and psychological profiles. He even earned the nickname "safe cracker" for getting into the offices of doctors who avoided sales people like him.Also in this episode: a listener story about a lost friend.