The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear

Guest: Seth Mnookin.

How do we decide which facts are true? One of the most devastating health scares ever, the theory that linked routine childhood vaccines to autism spectrum disorder, has been circulating since 1998. In The Panic Virus, author Seth Mnookin interviews parents, scientists, and activists to try to answer that single fundamental question. He'll talk about his findings and more today on Focus.

Never Say Die: Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age

Guest: Susan Jacoby.

Is it really possible to stay "forever young"? Susan Jacoby, author of Never Say Die, doesn't hesitate to challenge this theory—and in fact warns her readers that her viewpoints may seem overly negative to some. When she joins us on Focus today, she'll talk about recent spikes in Alzheimer's cases, Social Security benefit cuts, and the question of whether it is truly living longer that we seek... or simply living better.