2.26.15: Malaria Vaccine Struggles To Find Funding, The Uncommon Core, & Good Gig

Feb 26, 2015

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  Malaria threatens more than half the world’s people. Yet there is still no way to immunize against it. On today’s show, why a promising vaccine developed by an upstart in the biotech scene is not getting funded. 

Plus, Levi Strauss started making jeans during the gold rush, introducing the  most iconic symbol of American style. Today’s Good Gig profiles the Levi’s in-house historian who sifts through mine shafts and dusty attics to find the stories behind every crease. 

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Malaria Vaccine Struggles to Find Funding

StoryCorps

  • Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was born HIV positive.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The Uncommon Core: Science of Superheroes

  • It’s time for another lesson from our series The Uncommon Core which explores unusual college courses and program being taught in schools across the country.  In today’s lecture, we hear from a professor who is trying to put the science back in science fiction.
  • You can read more at this link.

Good Gig: Denim Historian Tracey Panek

  • Levi Strauss started making jeans during the gold rush,  introducing the  most iconic symbol of American style. On today’s Good Gig: Levi’s in-house historian sifts through mine shafts and dusty attics to find the stories behind every crease.

  • You can read more about Levi Strauss & Co. and see photos from the Levi's archive at this link.

Seed to Skin

  • In 2011, producer Allison Budner followed a woman who chooses to exclusively wear locally-sourced clothing. It’s a story that could only come from California, and regardless of how you feel about the concept of going “seed to skin”, you’ve got to admire the discipline it takes.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.