Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

Guest: Daniel Halperin, Ph.D.

Scientists believe that the virus that causes AIDS jumped from chimpanzees to humans about a century ago. It had been confined to a small patch of southeastern Cameroon, and it might have stayed there had not Europeans come, ensuring the disease would spread as an accident of their efforts to exploit Africa’s resources. We’ll look at the role of colonialism in the spread of AIDS. Our guest will be medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, co-author of the new book Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It.

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.