May 16, 2013

Jessica Wapner spoke about her book, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

A genetic mutation that causes chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), the Philadelphia chromosome was first detected in 1959. Some fifty years later, the once deadly CML can be controlled with a daily dose of a drug called Gleevec. Wapner, a widely published science writer, Work in Progress blogger, and former editor of Oncology Spectrum, profiles the dedicated doctors involved in the research and explains the science behind this breakthrough.

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ISBN: 9781615191970
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Published: The Experiment - April 8th, 2014

April 6, 2013

Mary Roach spoke about her book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, at Politics & Prose on on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Whether investigating the fine points of space travel, death, or sex, Roach is both audacious and authoritative, asking questions other science writers don’t dare to. She's also hilarious, and in her fifth book takes readers on a tour of the human gullet, exploring different flavors and textures of food, contemplating the maximum capacity of the stomach, and monitoring exactly what happens as food goes down the hatch.


You can also watch our short interview with Mary at the link below, where she discusses growing up curious and why she's all for being "a middle-aged woman with the soul of a 12 year-old boy."

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ISBN: 9780393348743
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2014

March 23, 2013

Hali Felt discussed her book, Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor, at Politics & Prose on on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Until the early 1950s, scientists knew little about the ocean floor; most assumed there was nothing there. Then came Columbia University’s geophysical lab, sonar, and Marie Tharp. In this fascinating biography, Felt, who teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh, profiles a determined and talented woman who, starting at age 28, spent her life translating data into maps, work that was crucial to the development of tectonic-plate theory and continental drift.  

During his visit, Bob also shared some of his favorite books, many of which he discovered and read as part of his author interviews for The Washington Post. You can watch Bob's book selections at the video link below.

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ISBN: 9781250031457
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - July 2nd, 2013