In a rebroadcast from Sept. 28, 2013, Louie talks with George Johnson, author of "The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery." Johnson talks about his interest in the disease, which has been traced back to the days of the dinosaurs. He talks about why certain ethnic groups may be prone to certain kinds of cancers, and how a Western diet could drastically alter those risks. But during Johnson's research for the book, he also discovered that a high diet of fruits & vegetables doesn't always lead to reduced risks for cancer.
Johnson also shares the personal story that led him to want to write this book - his wife at the time, only 43 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. (10 years later, she is cancer-free). Also, while writing the book, Johnson's brother was diagnosed with an aggressive mouth cancer which claimed his life within months. These memories are included in the book. http://talaya.net/
Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about about the latest hybrid plant to come on the market - a TomTato, which is the result of grafting the top of a tomato plant to the bottom part of a potato plant. It's a novel idea, but will it grow in El Paso? Potatoes, on the other hand, tend to thrive just fine on their own, and Bill & Denise will talk about the different ways to grow them below and above ground. Denise also talks about the growing popularity of growing microgreens.
Charles talks with Shaul Schwarz, director of the documentary "Narco Cultura," which explores the cultural impact the drug wars have had on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Shaul talks about his trips to the border and why he felt he had to address how the drug culture is reflected through the musicians who glorify cartels in their narcocorridos, and through the eyes of a Mexican crime scene investigator who experiences the results of cartel violence on the front lines. This online-exclusive extended interview includes a conversation about Latino identity, the disconnect felt by many Latinos who write and enjoy narcocorridos, and why the drug war is a war that no one will win. http://narcoculture.com/, https://www.facebook.com/NarcoCulturaFilm
Narco Cultura is currently being screened at El Paso's Cinemark Tinseltown (11855 Gateway Blvd W) and Cinemark Cielo Vista Theaters (8401 Gateway Blvd W).
Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:57 am
Saying this was a "great homecoming," Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran who had been held by North Korea for weeks, walked out of San Francisco International Airport with his wife on Saturday.
As we reported, Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.
French troops patrolled the Central African Republic's tense capital on Saturday, as reinforcements crossed into the country as part of a UN-mandated effort to quell a wave of deadly sectarian violence.
Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:51 am
France is increasing its military presence in the Central African Republic. The Associated Press reports that after a summit in Paris on Saturday, French President François Hollande said 1,600 troops would be deployed by the end of the day and they would remain in the country until tensions between Muslim and Christian militias cool.
David Vetter was born without a functioning immune system and spent his life in a bubble that protected him from germs. He died at age 12 in 1984. Scientists are using gene therapy to treat the disorder so that children can live normally.
Researchers say they are achieving success in curing the genetic defect that causes some children to be born without immune defenses, a rare condition made famous in the 1970s by a Texas boy who lived most of his short life in a sterile "bubble."
Scientists now report that 8 out of 9 young children given gene therapy for a type of severe combined immunodeficiency disease, called SCID-X1, are alive and living amid the everyday microbial threats that would otherwise have killed them. The oldest is just over 3 years old.
Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:40 am
After a significant winter storm dumped a mixture of snow and ice across the country's midsection, another gruesome storm is moving east and meteorologist say the Eastern Seaboard should prepare for the kind of conditions that paralyzed cities in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.