Mary Roach

Science writer Mary Roach talks about her new book, "Bonk," in which she discusses the strange history of scientific research into the mechanics and physiology of sex.

Health & Medicine

Health records

Faith shares her thoughts on Senator John McCain and his campaign's decision to release his medical records on the eve of Memorial Day weekend.


Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist at the University of Indiana in Indianapolis, talks about her experience having a stroke and her new book, "My Stroke of Insight."

Business, Economics and Jobs

Brother, can you spare a kidney?

Iran is the only country in the world not suffering from an organ shortage. It's also the only country that legally permits kidney vending. Takeaway expert and 'Freakonomics' co-author Stephen Dubner tells us about us Iran's free market for organs. Guest: 'Freakonomics' co-author Stephen Dubner.


Geneticists solve a beta blocker puzzle

It was a medical enigma: Why do many black patients respond differently to a class of heart drugs called beta blockers? Researchers now say a genetic variant allows 40 percent of black patients to produce their own version of the drugs. Dr. Stephen Liggett tells The Takeaway about his study and the potential impacts on health care.

Business, Economics and Jobs

David Michaels

Epidemiologist and former Assistant Secretary of Energy David Michaels talks about his new book , in which he describes the rise of "mercenary scientists" and "product defense" firms.