Events

Body of Work

You think you’ve got the whole biotechnology thing squared away, then David Ewing Duncan goes and publishes another book. The latest from Duncan, an American journalist whose beat is the environment and the development of green technologies, is Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World. In its pages, the host of National Public Radio’s Biotech Nation plumbs our depths -- and his! -- by exploring his genetic structure to determine what it reveals about his and his family's future health, traits, and ancestry. By testing his own body, Duncan teaches us about how our own function in a toxic world. After submitting to hundreds of medical tests, he reveals the ways in which our increasingly hostile environment messes with our bodies and minds. And by treating this research as a colossal controlled experiment, he both informs and entertains us with the horrors and insights of “guinea pig journalism.”
Sat., July 4, 2 p.m., 2009
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
Contact: Robrt L. Pela