Bad Science Poet

Time for another visit from Bad Science Poet. Remember: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s the poetry!”™ A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR SCIENTISTS Bunsen had a burner. Ike had Tina Turner. And which became president?  

The Last Word

October 13-17, 2014 Colin Norman continues his exploration of the medical system through his own familial cardiovascular condition, and Cameron finds a universe in a small window pane. Michelle celebrates the day now dedicated to Ada Lovelace, patron saint of gifted women. A midnight encounter with a beaver leaves Chris Arnade in a standoff between […]

Few Words with Much Meaning

  In 1972, Chief Jimmy Bruneau of the Tłı̨chǫ First Nation attended the opening of the school that would bear his name. As part of the ceremony, many dignitaries got up to the microphone before him and gave long-winded speeches. Bruneau was an old man and very ill (he would die three years later), so […]

Happy Lady Ada Day

I’m not, in general, huge on holidays. I often wish that those of us in the U.S. would observe the weeks between Halloween and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with a nice long nationwide nap. But I feel differently about Ada Lovelace Day, founded by British digital-rights activist Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009. Now, every year in mid-October, the world has a chance […]

The Last Word

October 6 – 10 This week was devoted to being Off Our Meds, looking calmly and as rationally as possible at scary issues in medicine. Ebola is about as bad as it gets, and no vaccines or drugs. Guest Robin Mejia suggest we learn some R numbers: “for each day that we’re not effectively isolating […]

Off Our Meds: Physician, Screw Thyself (Or, Um, Not)

This week LWON presents “Off Our Meds,” an examination of some scary issues in medicine. We won’t resort to fear mongering, because we don’t have to. Medicine is scary enough as it is. The doctor was sitting in a chair next to the window, gazing out. His features gave nothing away, save serious thought. I watched him […]

Off Our Meds: The Theater of Medicine

This week LWON presents “Off Our Meds,” an examination of some scary issues in medicine. We won’t resort to fear mongering, because we don’t have to. Medicine is scary enough as it is. I still remember my first trip to the doctor. I was 18 years old and doubled over in terrible stomach pain. And when I […]

The Last Word

September 29 – October 3, 2014 You think a place like L.A. just happened to sprawl like that? that our various civil and environmental messes just happened?  Nope, says guest Erika Schoenberger, a lot of times we planned ‘em like that. An evocative argument over whether Native Americans came over the land bridge, as the […]