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Midmorning Weekend

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'Connected' co-authors
Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, the co-authors of "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks."
Courtesy of Connected Web site

Midmorning Weekend revisits some of the best recent conversations from the daily call-in program.

Segment 1: The English Surgeon
  A renowned British neurosurgeon has traveled to Ukraine for 15 years to treat desperate patients who were given no hope of survival. Henry Marsh performs complicated brain surgery in archaic and hostile conditions in the Ukraine as the focus of a new PBS documentary.

Guests:

Henry Marsh: Senior neurosurgeon at St. George's Hospital in London and the subject of the recent documentary "The English Surgeon."

     (Original Program)


  Segment 2: Romantic Science  

While Wordsworth and Byron were forging the age of Romantic literature, a burst of scientific discovery was happening that forever changed astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Author Richard Holmes reaches back to this period in history to understand the foundations of modern science.

Guests Richard Holmes: Author of "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science."   

  (Original Program)


Segment 3: Connected  
Can our friends make us fat? Is our neighbor's happiness contagious? The authors of a new book say our social networks are more powerful than we think.

Guests Nicholas Christakis, MD: Professor of medicine and medical sociology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of "Connected."  James Fowler: Associate professor in the political science department at the University of California-San Diego and co-author of "Connected." 

(Original Program)