3.29.15: A Malaria Vaccine's Funding Struggles, The Rise of Fan Fiction, & American Passage
Malaria threatens more that half the world’s people. Yet there is still no way to immunize against it. Today we will explore why a promising vaccine developed by an upstart in the biotech scene is not getting funded.
Then , once relegated to fanzines and the occasional bookstore, fan fiction is quickly becoming more accessible, more mainstream, and in some cases, more of a headache for authors who inspired the fans in the first place. We’ll find out why some authors are bucking against the trend.
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Malaria Vaccine Struggles to Find Funding
- Cameron Conaway is a writer, poet, editor and former Social Good fellow. We found his article, “A Working Malaria Vaccine Can’t Get Money”, at Newsweek.
- Cameron is also the author of Malaria, Poems. You can find out more about the book and read an excerpt here.
Why We Need A Rotating Spacecraft To Get To Mars
- Lee Billings, an editor who covers physics and space for Scientific American, talks about one possible solution to the problem of microgravity, and why it's going to take a lot more funding before we safely put a man on Mars.
- Read Scientific American's editorial on NASA's twin study here.
The Rise of Fan Fiction
- We’ll discuss the sometimes rocky relationship between authors and fan fiction with Laura Miller. Her essay “You Belong to Me” is in the latest issue of New York Magazine.
Romance, Intrigue and Senior Citizens
- The advent of Ebooks has been a point of anxiety for book stores and public libraries alike. One public Library in Massachusetts found a way to make the world of Ebook work for them: By starting their own digital publishing imprint. Radio producer Nancy Klingener brings us the story.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org
- Katherine Grandjean, Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College, talks about how early New England settlers relied on Native American couriers to carry letters from colony to colony.
- Her new book is called American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England.