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Writers LIVE: Timothy J. Jorgensen, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

Writers LIVE: Timothy J. Jorgensen, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

With an accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and hinders our health. Author Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today.

Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation -- from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. He explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm.

Timothy J. Jorgensen is associate professor of Radiation Medicine, and Director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program, at Georgetown University. He is also an associate in the Epidemiology Department at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Recorded On: Wednesday, April 13, 2016