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The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in America

Kara Swanson, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, discusses the legal implications of use of body products routinely used by the medical community. Swanson delves into the current body product exchange, body products as property and the history behind the exchanges.

Brain over Bladder: Tips for the Older Woman

Heidi Brown, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses pelvic floor disorders: bladder control, bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. Brown offers tips and tricks to help manage and prevent symptoms of these disorders.

The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial

Benjamin Wilfond, Director, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, explains the history and goals of screening newborns for Cystic Fibrosis. Early detection allows for the improvement in nutrition and pulmonary care.

Insights from a Conflicted Solar Farmer

Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.

Must Technology Rule Our Lives?

Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.

How to Build a Galaxy in Three Easy Steps

Stephen Pardy, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains that with the appropriate ingredients: hydrogen gas, stars and dark matter, the laws of physics and evolution, you can create a galaxy.

Policing Blackness after the Second World War

Simon Balto, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, examines the relationships between race and the police responses as black people migrated to urban centers in the mid-twentieth century. Balto focuses on perceptions of danger and safety, how urban spaces were constructed in racial ways and how the criminal justice system has responded.

Digital Society and its Discontents

Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.

Molecular Archaeology

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, shows how molecular archaeology which includes the studies of proteins, DNA and other biomolecules found in human remains, can unlock secrets from their lives. Studied remains range from England’s Richard III to Switzerland’s Otzi the Ice Man.

What is Normal Memory Loss?

Barbara Bendlin, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores normal memory loss due to aging, Alzheimer’s disease and suggests ways to age more healthfully.

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