Hidden Reasons, Unseen Worlds

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     A small patient at a cancer ward in Kenya watches as clowns perform a sketch. (Brenna Daldorph/for WHYY)

    A small patient at a cancer ward in Kenya watches as clowns perform a sketch. (Brenna Daldorph/for WHYY)

    Some blockbuster medicines could have an asterisk on the label that says: “Tested on middle-age white guys, but we’re hoping it helps you too.” That’s because African-Americans and other minorities are underrepresented in clinical trials. We delve into a long, difficult history of distrust. 

    Then we head to the zoo to chat with The Atlantic’s science writer Ed Yong – he likes elephants and pandas just fine, but what he’s really excited about is the invisible zoo inhabiting every inch of the animals’ bodies. And after that, we meet clowns in a children’s hospital in Kenya who think that clowns are the saddest of us all.

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