Have you ever wondered how science is used in real-life spy games? How accurately is science and medicine being portrayed in movies, books, and other forms of pop culture? Dr. Curtis Harris, a world-renowned cancer scientist and chief of the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the NIH National Cancer Institute and author of the new spy thriller, HIGH HAND, joins us to discuss how science is used in real-life spy games.
We’ll learn about the kinds of technology being used to make people reveal information, the kinds of lethal poisons that are used in espionage, and how beloved characters like James Bond have influenced the science of spying.
Dr. Harris serves as editor in chief of the scientific journal Carcinogenesis. His novel, High Hand, written with co-authors James Rosen (an award-winning Pentagon journalist) and James Ellenberger (a former senior official of a national labor federation), using the pseudonym Curtis J. James, takes on hot-button issues and opens up the covert worlds of the CIA and SVR.
air date: 3/11/16