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despite evidence saying they shouldn’t. An investigation explains why the medical establishment is sometimes wedded to outdated thinking.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 .
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.