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Irene Tracey is known as the Queen of Pain, and she calls her lab the “torture chamber.” She runs the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University. She studies how people’s brains react to pain. New Yorker writer Nicola Twilley offered to be Tracey’s test subject. Researchers stuck needles in Twiley’s calf, burned the back of her hand with a laser, and applied a cream to her shin, which contained capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the burning sensation in chili peppers. What does the research tell us, how might it be used, and is it ethical to hurt people for research?
It’s been a decade since the 2008 financial crisis, but many are still feeling the effects. Financial journalist Paddy Hirsch understands how the market imploded back then better than most. In 2007, he started working as for public radio’s business show Marketplace. Now he’s out with a new novel based on the nation’s very first financial meltdown. It happened in New York in 1792, and it gave rise to Wall Street.
Nell Irvin Painter is a celebrated historian, and the author of books such as “The History of White People” and “Creating Black Americans.” When she retired as a professor of American history from Princeton University in 2005, art called to her. At age 64, she went to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers for her BFA, then the Rhode Island School of Design for her MFA. Most of her classmates were quite young. They were skeptical of her -- including one teacher who said she’d never be an artist. Now Nell Painter is out with a new book about her second act.
Artist Nell Painter. Credit: John Emerson.
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