Famous Tumors: Radiolab Presents Henrietta Lacks

Radiolab, with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. In May of 2010, they produced a podcast about “Famous Tumors,” including the one that eventually killed Henrietta Lacks and provided the cells that allowed for incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine. The voices of a doctor who treated Henrietta and a lab assistant who first worked with her cells are fascinating, but the most spellbinding parts of this piece are the raw recordings of Rebecca’s Skloot’s interviews with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah and other family members. A thoughtful and mesmerizing piece of audio-journalism.

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