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America's Obsession With Drugs

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In a new book, science writer Thomas Hager recounts the fascinating backstories of ten drugs that have changed the way we live. Behind the search for new and better medicines there’s always been this hope for an effective drug without any risk.

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In a new book, science writer Thomas Hager recounts the fascinating backstories of ten drugs that have changed the way we live. Few remember the woman who discovered the smallpox vaccine. Then there was that first demonstration of Viagra, onstage, before a crowd of hundreds. Behind the search for new and better medicines there’s always been this hope for a magic bullet, an effective drug without any risk. Hager joins us to explore what he calls a “dance between the lab, the pill, and the body.”

Thomas Hager teaches journalism and communication at the University of Oregon. He's written several books on the history of medicine and science. His latest is Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.