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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
October 5th, 2015
Episode 488 of 553 episodes
Brains, the means by which we scrutinize our world, are themselves inscrutable, and no more so than when things are going wrong. Just ask our guest this week, award winning medical journalist Jon Palferman. After spending years of his life studying Parkinson’s in order to write the classic book, The Case of the Frozen Addicts, Palferman was himself diagnosed with the very disease he built his career around understanding. Palferman’s new book is called Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease. As modern medicine allows our bodies to live longer with each new generation, the search is on to find ways of preserving our brains from neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, diseases that drain much of the value from these lengthening lifespans. Palferman gives insight into both our understanding of the disease, as well as the latest medical advancements and further points of study in our race to understand the brain.