Video 'Pick Of The Week': Dead Hearts A heart pathologist shows how long-dead hearts look and feel, and what that tells us about their former owners.
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JOE PALCA, host:

And now, the Pick of the Week. And with me to describe the Pick Of The Week is digital media producer, Science Friday's own Flora Lichtman. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN: Hi, Joe.

PALCA: So what do we got this week?

LICHTMAN: This week's picks are Halloween themed.

PALCA: Halloween themed.

LICHTMAN: And one of them is very special and was made by you.

PALCA: Made by me, you say. Well, I think that's probably a little generous but yes, I did shoot some video while I was being trained by the Night Digital Training Media (unintelligible), and we've got some very interesting pictures of a beating heart where - well, a formerly beating heart.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PALCA: A cadaver's heart with some interesting medical things that you can see if you've ever wanted to see a heart up close. And what about yours?

LICHTMAN: Yes, so the other video we have - so that was your guts and gore, and here are your creepy crawlies. We look at why we find cockroaches disgusting, and apparently we all find cockroaches disgusting.

PALCA: No.

LICHTMAN: No, really. There was a study on it and every person tested. OK, so that's not everybody everybody, but every person tested said, yes, I find cockroaches disgusting, and so the question is, why?

PALCA: You don't want to tell us the answer?

LICHTMAN: You'll have to watch the video.

PALCA: And are there picture of cockroaches in this video?

LICHTMAN: Yes.

PALCA: So why is anybody going to watch a thing that - that's the part I want to know. Why does somebody go to a website, and tune in something that's going to make them disgusted? If you're not disgusted by cockroaches, certainly you'll be disgusted by pictures of cadaver's hearts. I guess that's the alternative.

LICHTMAN: Right. Happy Halloween.

PALCA: Oh, Happy Halloween to you. I'd like to thank my guest this hour and thanks to everybody who called in.

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