FROM David Epstein
If medical treatments don’t work, why do doctors keep using them? Doctors still prescribe certain drugs and medical treatments, despite evidence saying they shouldn’t. An investigation explains why the medical establishment is sometimes wedded to outdated thinking.
Did WADA intentionally sabotage Russian doping probe? On the eve of the Summer Olympics in Rio, Russia claims 270 of its athletes have been cleared for competition. For the man who helped expose Russia's state-sponsored doping, that's a source of frustration. Jack Robertson, former investigator for the World Anti-Doping Agency, says WADA repeatedly thwarted his efforts to clean up the Games. He was interviewed extensively by David Epstein of the investigative news group ProPublica .
DEA Drug War The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has had its ups and downs over the last several decades. David Epstein of ProPublica takes us behind the scenes of the drug war in Mexico with a dangerous cartel. That cartel is the Arellano Felix Organization, or AFO. We discuss how the major players in the cartel rose to prominence and how the DEA took down the AFO in 2005.
Star Athletes: Good Genes or Good Training? Are great athletes born with it? When it comes to professional athletes -- a Michael Jordan or a Serena Williams -- most of us assume they are born with a rare talent. That, yes, they train really hard. But there's something innate that separates them from you and me. David Epstein set out to find out if that's true scientifically. He's a correspondent for Sports Illustrated and author of the new book, The Sports Gene : Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.
Runner Must Undergo Gender Testing Last night in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, an 18-year-old runner from a South African village received a gold medal for the 800-meter dash. But today, doctors are looking at test results to determine if Caster Semenya has too many male characteristics to compete as a woman. Some of Semenya's competitors say they can tell she's not really a woman just by looking. In most cases that's probably true, but medical experts say that for one percent of the population it's just not that easy. David Epstein is a staff writer for Sports Illustrated .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.