The Viral Storm

Swine flu. Bird flu. SARS. Influenza and even ebola. Nathan Wolfe, globe-trotting Stanford biologist, surveys the modern pandemic landscape, offering grim lessons on mankind's relationship with the various microbes that routinely threaten civilization itself. But while the ease of international travel and interconectivity of global culture makes our species particularly vulnerable, Wolfe also holds out promise of new countermeasures that can protect us.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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