Science Or Hysteria

GUESTS: Elaine Showalter/ Author, Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media (Columbia University Press, 1997); Professor of Literature, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ John Wilkes/ Director, Graduate Program in Science Communication,University of California at Santa Cruz; Freelance Science Writer and Book Critic Chronic fatigue syndrome, recovered memory, Gulf War syndrome — some say we live in a world of strange new "diseases," others say we live in an age of hysterias. Author Elaine Showalter asserts that these syndromes of the 1990s, much like the witch-hunts of the 1690's, are the symptoms of a culture coping with change at the end of the millenium. Join host Ray Suarez for a discussion with Showalter about her theory and whether the media helps to create hysterical epidemics.



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