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'Where's My Jetpack?' and Explaining Unexplained Illnesses

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From personal jetpacks to flying cars, writer and roboticist Daniel Wilson gives us a realistic vision of the marvels of yesterday's tomorrow. We also talk with Dr. Martin Pall about treating unexplained illnesses, and Gavin Borchert shares music inspired by Pablo Neruda.

At 2:05 p.m. - Explaining Unexplained Illness
Understanding illness is the first step toward healing. But for over 22 million Americans, their debilitating symptoms remain largely a mystery. Dr. Martin Pall found surprising connections between chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and others in his research at Washington State University. Today, Dr. Pall reveals how his own battle with a mysterious illness inspired his discoveries.

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  • At 2:25 p.m. - Where's my Jetpack?
    The future ain't what it used to be.We are well into the 21st century and still don't enjoy the personal robots, flying cars and jetpacks that 20th century futurists promised. Portland-based writer and roboticist Daniel Wilson reveals why these things aren't available in the book, Where's my Jetpack? In an archive from April 18th, 2007, he gives us a realistic vision of the marvels of yesterday's tomorrow.

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  • At 2:50 p.m. - Gavin Borchert: Three Works by Osvaldo Golijov
    Today, Gavin Borchert brings us three works from one of the most acclaimed and widely popular American composers of our day, Osvaldo Golijov. The energetic Latin-flavored cantata Oceana, on poems by Pablo Neruda, was commissioned in 1996 for the Oregon Bach Festival. Tenebrae for string quartet is an elegiac reimagining of Couperin's choral Lecons Tenebres. The Three Songs were written for Dawn Upshaw, and include the Emily Dickinson setting "How Slow the Wind".
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