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A Guide to Living on our Radioactive Planet

Dr. Robert Peter Gale, M.D. and Eric Lax
Monday, February 11, 2013
Episode Summary

Gale, one of the world's leading experts on radiation, together with writer Eric Lax, draw on the most up-to-date research and on Gale's extensive experience treating victims of radiation accidents around the globe to correct myths and establish facts about life on our radioactive planet in our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

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Participant(s) Bio

Eric Lax is the author of Faith, Interrupted; Conversations with Woody Allen; Life and Death on 10 West (A New York Times Notable Book of the Year); The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat (A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004); and co-author, with A. M. Sperber, of Bogart (nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography). His biography Woody Allen was a New York Times and international best seller and a Notable Book of the Year. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine. He is an officer of PEN International.

Dr. Robert Peter Gale, M.D. is the author of more than twenty books, eight hundred scientific articles, and numerous pieces on medical topics and nuclear energy for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. For twenty years, Gale was on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine, and has served as chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry. Dr. Gale was appointed by the Soviet Union government in 1986 to lead the medical relief efforts for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident, and in 2011, the Japanese government requested that Gale be in charge of treating radiation victims from the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Sutton Hibbert for Greenpeace. Image taken in Fukushima, Japan.