Paul Offit Will Be My First Point of Inquiry Guest

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFeb 12, 2010 5:07 AM


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For those of you waiting with bated breath... I'm happy to announce that, following last week's news about the Lancet's retraction of the 1998 paper that started the modern vaccine-autism scare, I decided to focus my first Point of Inquiry episode on this topic--and secured a guest who's probably the best in the business for that purpose. I'm referring to Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, life-saving inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, and most important for our purposes, the author of the single best book on the whole autism-vaccine fiasco, 2008's Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. I've now read Offit's fantastic book twice, and greatly enjoyed the conversation we had about it for the show. (Minus the gazillion technical hoops I had to jump through to learn how to record the program, which will hopefully get a lot easier.) I won't tip my hand about the show any further--it airs tomorrow, please listen then--but I'm confident that listeners will enjoy and learn much from it (even though, given that this is my first show as a radio host, utter perfection is hardly to be expected). I'll have a post tomorrow as soon as the show is up and available for download.

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