Journalist Michael Specter’s throaty voice and emotional yet precise delivery perfectly suit his examination of the coronavirus pandemic and the man who is trying to save us from it. AudioFile’s Robin Whitten and host Jo Reed discuss this biography of Dr. Fauci, based on Specter’s profile for THE NEW YORKER. The gripping audio production blends interviews with Fauci (and Fauci’s wife, herself a bioethicist with the NIH), historical audio clips and news reports, and a fact-filled narrative that captures the listener’s attention as effectively as a suspense novel. This time, however, the terrifying plot points are real. Published by Pushkin Industries.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Dreamscape Media, Publishers of bestselling audiobooks from classics like THE GREAT GATSBY to suspenseful mysteries, to indulging romance to essential non-fictions that make your ears happy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amanpour: Tim Phillips, Michael Specter, Richard Levitan
With the number of coronavirus cases in the United States now standing at over 1 million the nation is struggling economically. Tim Phillips, president of Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, joins Christiane Amanpour to argue why we shouldn't bail out the states. He explains why the economy needs the be reopened slowly state by state. Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, gives an insight into the man behind the White House's coronavirus responded: Dr Anthony Fauci. He says Fauci changed medicine in the United States. Then our Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Richard Levitan, emergency physician at Littletown Reigonal Healthcare, about why Covid-19 patients should be going to hospitals sooner. Levitan has worked in medicine for over thirty years and when the outbreak began to overwhelm New York City in March he signed up to help Bellevue Hospital; he reveals what he learned on the front lines.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein is joined by renowned journalist Michael Specter, a staff writer for The New Yorker, to talk about the subject of his award-winning story, “Against the Grain: Should You Go Gluten-Free?” The trend of gluten-rejection is growing despite the fact that foregoing gluten has zero health benefits, unless you’re among the 1% of the population with celiac disease. Specter explains how the misinformation about gluten has gotten to this point, and what a health diets should actually look like. Michael Specter will also be speaking at CFI’s Reason for Change conference June 11-15 in Buffalo, New York. If you’d like to see Michael Specter and Lindsay Beyerstein in person, make sure you go to ReasonforChange.org to register today!
This week, we learned that J. Craig Venter has at long last created a synthetic organism—a simple life form constructed, for the first time, by man. Let the controversy begin—and if New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter is correct, the denial of science will be riding hard alongside it. In his recent book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, Specter charts how our resistance to vaccination and genetically modified foods, and our wild embrace of questionable health remedies, are the latest hallmarks of an all-too-trendy form of fuzzy thinking--one that exists just as much on the political left as on the right. And it’s not just on current science-based issues that denialism occurs. The phenomenon also threatens our ability to handle emerging science policy problems—over the development of personalized medicine, for instance, or of synthetic biology. How can we make good decisions when again and again, much of the public resists inconvenient facts, statistical thinking, and the sensible balancing of risks? Michael Specter has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1998. Before that, he was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and the national science reporter for the Washington Post. At the New Yorker, Specter has covered the global AIDS epidemic, avian flu, malaria, the world’s diminishing freshwater resources, synthetic biology and the debate over our carbon footprint. He has also published many profiles of subjects including Lance Armstrong, ethicist Peter Singer, and Sean (P. Diddy) Combs. In 2002, Specter received the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Journalism Award for his article “Rethinking the Brain,” about the scientific basis of how we learn.
New Yorker writer Michael Specter believes that Americans mistrust science more today than ever before. Specter dicusses his new book Denialism, the risks of scientiﬁc progress, and what Americans must do to avoid magical thinking. (December 7, 2009)